Cranberry Wine Tour & Snowshoeing


Winter in Ontario is long and I've never particularly loved this season.
This year I promised myself I would be more open minded and give it a chance.
This year I've given snow tubing and skating a chance and I kind of really love the winter now!
Who knew that winter could be so enjoyable when dressed appropriately.
 {purchased my first ever pair of adult snow pants this year}

When our friends found a WagJag for Johnston's Cranberry Marsh in Muskoka that included a wine tour for two, two glasses of wine and snowshoeing all for $29 I knew I had to give another winter activity a chance.


We dropped our little ones off  {thanks dad!} and headed on the road up North to meet up with our friends.
Unfortunately for me, we drove through a snow storm on the way up which was a little scary to say the least, but once it cleared up the drive was absolutely beautiful.
There is a certain calmness up there, especially in the winter.

 Johnston's has a 1.2 KM ice trail loop around 12 acres of cranberry that you can skate on in the winter, but unfortunately we arrived later than expected so we didn't get a chance to try it out!
We arrived at the Marsh just in time for our 1pm Bog To Bottle Discovery.

The tour wasn't long {which my short attention span enjoyed} but was very informative.
The tour is actually so awesome that Canada Tourism Commission designated it a Canadian Signature Experience.
Our tour guide shared the history of the Marsh and did an excellent job with her words, painting pictures in our heads of how the Marsh looks in the spring since everything was covered in snow.
 At the end of the tour we got to sample all the different wines they make at the marsh.
It was my first time ever tasting Cranberry wine and it definitely won't be the last!
There were several wines to taste from dry to dessert - including a cranberry blueberry wine, a maple cranberry which was very similar to an ice wine and my personal favourite was the warm mulled wine.
We brought our wine outside where they had a little fire pit surrounded by Muskoka Chairs.
They gave complimentary marshmallows and sticks to roast by the fire. {my favourite}


After the wine we went and signed out some snow shoes so we could start our snow shoeing adventure. 
There is over 10KM of trail to choose form but we chose the Orville Lake Nature Trail.
It was 2.5KM winding through the forest.
Along the way there are 25 Eco Fact Signs.
I was a little worried how I would do on snow shoes for the first time but it ended up being another wonderful winter experience!
We had a lot of fun and I will definitely be going back in the summer to see the cranberries and again next winter for some more of that delicious mulled wine!


For more information on Johnston's Cranberry Marsh, visit here!

4 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! Anything wine- related and I'm there!
    I tried snowshoeing for the first time last year and loved it- this is such an awesome idea, I might try combining the two soon. ;)

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  2. Looks like such an amazing time!

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  3. I've never gone wine tasting in the winter! It looks beautiful up there:)

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  4. I wish there were more places like this, because it was simply too amazing for words. I came to LA venue here with my boyfriend the other night, and it was absolutely fabulous. The use of wood throughout the place adds a very warm and inviting feel to venue.

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