Snow Tubing and Mini Snowmobiling at Horseshoe Resort!

Snow Tubing and Mini Snowmobiling at Horseshoe Resort!
05 Feb 2018

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Our recent trip to Ontario’s Lake Country was all about having fun in the Winter. Whether it was indoors or out, we wanted to make the most of our winer getaway. Our second stop was Horseshoe Resort in Barrie.

As well as being one of the most popular downhill skiing and snowboarding destinations in Ontario, Horseshoe Resort offers several other winter activities.

snow tubing tack shop

Winter activities at Horseshoe Resort

Snow tubing, fat biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mini snowmobiling, and Yamaha snowmobile adventures.

We chose snow tubing as our main activity, and as Lauren met the age requirement, she decided she wanted to try mini snowmobiling.

snow tubing walking up the path

Snow Tubing

Snow tubing has become super popular. You just dress warmly, grab a tube, hit the magic carpet to climb the hill, sit in your tube, and the staff at Horseshoe guide you to the edge of the hill, giving you a helping nudge to get you going.

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Get ready, hang on, and enjoy. All thrill, no skill!

New for the 2017-2018 season, Horseshoe Resort added an extra 1200 feet to the existing snow tubing hill. Where the snow tubing hill used to end, Horseshoe Resort added an extra drop, which now makes their hill the longest snow tubing hill in Ontario.

The girls had a lot of fun getting in a lot of runs on the snow tubing hill. They did several runs on their own, and then did a few together as a group.

Snow Tubing is super fun, and Horseshoe Resort takes the work out of it. Being able to stand on the magic carpet with your tube while it take you up the hill after a run… it really is all thrill, no skill. Be sure to try snow tubing at Horseshoe Resort. It is a lot of fun for everyone! Unlimited tubing packages are available.

Mini Snowmobiling

Lauren had so much fun mini snowmobiling at Horseshoe.

The mini snowmobiling track is set up in front of the snow tubing Tack Shop. Kids ages 4 to 10 are able to ride the mini snowmobile on their own, around the kid-friendly circuit.

Trainers teach the riders how to properly use the mini snowmobiles prior to riding. proper helmets are mandatory, and are provided.

This is a really cool opportunity for kids to get a taste of snowmobiling in a very safe environment.

Grab a Bite at the Shoe

There are some great spots to grab a bite while at Horseshoe Resort.

The Inn Steakhouse at Horseshoe Resort has a great menu which include fresh local ingredients and bold flavours. Executive Chef Dylan Tulloch prepares a wide selection of entrees including AAA farm raised Canadian steaks, fresh salads and delicious appetizers. Reservations are recommended.

The Crazy Horse Sports Bar & Grill is the ultimate après ski! A casual experience, Crazy Horse offers a menu the whole family will enjoy. With 14 draught beers, and the popular après patio, Crazy Horse is a must visit when at Horseshoe Resort. Open daily for lunch and dinner: Sunday to Thursday from 11:00am – 11:00pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 12:00am (kitchen closes at 11:00pm). Après Patio hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am – 7:00pm (weather dependent). Reservations are not required.

The Alpine Cafeteria is open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm, and offers quick bites like hot soups, sandwiches, chili, pizza, hot dogs, snacks and more. Express line available.

The Shoe Brew is located just a few steps away from the hill in Guest Services. Coffees, teas, sandwiches and snacks are all offered at this cozy coffee shop. Open daily from 8:00am – 7:00pm. Free wi-fi available.


Horseshoe Resort is located at 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West in Barrie (just over an hour north of Toronto).
Main: (705) 835-2790
Reservations: 1-800-461-5627

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Disclaimer: Our snow tubing and snowmobiling experiences were covered by Horseshoe Resort, and organized by Ontario’s Lake Country. All opinions are my own.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, travel and food writer, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and social media strategist. Craig likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space.

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