Horseshoe Resort is one of Ontario's finest getaway destinations for skiing, snowshoeing, golfing and year-round fun. The resort sprawls across 275 hectares (680 acres) of greenery, ski slopes, lifts, golf courses and trails.
Onsite facilities include restaurants, comfy rooms, two golf courses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, a fully-equipped gym and beautiful trails running through the Copeland Forest.
Horseshoe Resort is just over an hours’ drive from Toronto, north of Barrie in Simcoe County.
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During warmer months, add hiking to your itinerary at Horseshoe Resort. Starting at the base of the ski hill, the Salomon Trail takes you on a meandering path through the forest. It concludes at the top of the ski hill and is a great option if you're looking for a short hike. For an extended trek, the nearby Copeland Forest is home to 70 km (43.4 miles) of trails. The easiest access point to the Copeland Forest trails is at the Horseshoe Nordic Center located on the Northside of Horseshoe Valley Road.
During the winter months, Horseshoe Resort has 29 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, perfect for skiers of all levels. High-speed chair lifts, a snow machine and nighttime skiing mean you'll be able to ski whenever you like. And if you're looking to learn how to ski, instructors are ready to help you.
Horseshoe Resort is a great destination for autumn and summertime activities the whole family can enjoy. There’s a mini-golf course, you can pan for gemstones, navigate a maze and obstacle course, climb and swing through a slackline course, float on Horseshoe Lake, paddle around in a kayak, cruise down a slip-and-slide or take a scenic ride up a chairlift. For a more gravity-defying adventure, Horseshoe Resort offers euro bungy jumping. Unlike traditional bungy jumping, where you're jumping off a structure, euro bungy jumping uses a trampoline for more height.
Horseshoe Resort features two golf courses, the 9-hole Valley Golf Course and the 9-hole Par 3 Course. And with three-line fairways and beautiful grounds, the experience is sure to be unforgettable.
Horseshoe Resort offers 12 downhill mountain biking trails. With a good mix of terrains for seasoned and beginning riders, there's something here for everyone. Alternatively, you can opt for cross-country bikes and hit the cycling trails. During the winter season, guests can also fat bike in the snow.
After a long day on the slopes, there's no better way to relax than with a visit to Amba Spa. From facials and mani-pedis to full-body aromatherapy wraps and massages, Amba has everything you need to relax. Keep an eye out for the opening of the new Vetta Nordic Spa.
When you're ready to meet up for dinner or grab a quick lunch, Horseshoe Resort has dishes for every palate. From casual fine dining to your next coffee break, you're sure to find what your palate craves at one of the four dining venues. While diners have the option to dine in with their friends and family, these venues also offer take out and room delivery.
After all that hiking, biking and skiing, you deserve to indulge your sweet tooth. Chelsea's Chocolates, a short five-minute drive from Horseshoe Resort via Horseshoe Valley Road West, is the perfect place to do just that. For the past 25 years, Laurie Thompson and her staff at Chelsea's Chocolates have delighted their customers with handmade, Belgian chocolates, crafted from the highest quality Belgian chocolate, real fruit and craft beers. From solid chocolate bars and caramels to Canadian classics, like Ontario ice wine chocolates and Maple Buttercream chocolates, you're sure to find something for even the pickiest palates.
If you're looking for a getaway that allows you to reconnect with nature, rejuvenate your mind and delight your senses, look no further than Horseshoe Resort. With 29 ski slopes, 12 mountain biking trails and 70 km (43.4 miles) of trails in the Copeland Forest, the Horseshoe Resort has everything you need to make the most of your vacation with friends and family.
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