Fall is behind us and winter is looming large. Need a break from grey slushy streets? Lazy Loon Lakehouse is a great escape to the serenity of crisp white snow, fresh air and the silence of nature.

Enjoy a fire outside by the lake and roast marshmallows — which for some reason taste even better in winter (almost scientifically proven). Hike in the snow, skate on the lake (only when it’s safe) or drive 10 minutes to explore Foley Mountain or other nearby provincial parks.

Inside take advantage of the great games room with a ping pong table, foosball table and dartboard. Or if you’re less energetic, relax on one of the leather couches and play a card or board game – so many to choose from. Whatever your style, you’ll enjoy a relaxing and quiet winter getaway.

If you’re coming up after the Christmas holidays there are two not-to-be-missed events that happen in January and February.

Wolfe Lake Howl

If you’re an ice fisherman or just want to try something new, make sure you come during the great Wolfe Howl in February. This ice fishing derby on Wolfe Lake offers prizes for all categories of fish and typically takes place in February. But it’s also fun for kids and first-time fishermen. If you need help drilling a hole or need a line, volunteers and cottagers will help you get set-up to have some fun. Hot dogs and hamburgers are available on ice as well as bathrooms. This event has been happening for over 25 years and approximately 120 adults and 84 kids attended last year’s event. All proceeds go to The Westport Area Outdoor Assoc. for the operation of The Westport Fish Hatchery. It’s the perfect time to watch people drive their cars and trucks onto the lake amid snowmobiles and cross-country skiers.

Skate The Lake

Ever seen a Zamboni on a lake before? If you enjoy ice skating you must attend the famous Skate the Lake race on Big Rideau Lake at the town of Portland. The 16th International Big Rideau Lake Speedskating Event takes place on January 25 & 26, 2020. Leading up to the races and after the races each day everyone is welcome to skate the course on the lake. And there are lots of activities for non-skaters as well including sleigh rides, curling for the kids, a hockey rink and fireworks. A wonderful way to spend a weekend.  Check out the Skate the Lake website at www.skatethelakeportland.com