5 Homes Perfect for Braving the Ontario Winter

From an ice fisher’s dream house, to an abode with a private indoor rink, these properties are the ideal places to call home when the chill sets in.

By Josh Sherman | 2 minute read

Jan 12

In Niagara region, you’ll find a 3,000-square-foot luxury home that comes with its own on-site, indoor 80-by-40-foot private indoor hockey rink.


When the mercury dips below zero, some embrace the cold weather by heading to the cottage. Ontario has no shortage of chalets for sale or rent, and they’re often located right on ski slopes, snowmobile trails, or mountains. But a wintery retreat to a vacation property isn’t the only way to enjoy the snowy season. The following five houses — all of which are available for sale as of Jan. 11 — are all perfect for braving the Ontario winter from the comfort of home. Keep scrolling to check out the properties.

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Price: $1,399,900
Beds: 4

Baths: 4+1


In the heart of Byron, an exclusive residential enclave near Boler Mountain, this approximately 3,066-square-foot modern home affords its owners all-season luxury. The heated driveway and garage can store more than a dozen vehicles (pictured Lambo not included!), while the saltwater pool out back has a heater so you won’t need to pack it in at the first sign of frost.

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Price: $749,900
Beds: 3+1

Baths: 2+1

A great winter-ready home has a combination of cozy indoor space as well as year-round outdoor amenities so you don’t get cabin fever. Well, 244 Mary St., in southern Ontario’s charming-and-historic Elora community, delivers on both fronts. The home, built in 1968, has been updated throughout and has a finished basement and sunroom as well as a large fire pit in the backyard so you can cozy up to a fire.

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Price: $1,688,000
Beds: 4+1

Baths: 3


Just down the road from Musselman Lake — where it’s possible to ice fish in sub-zero temperatures — this custom home gives off serious cottage vibes with barn doors, vaulting ceilings, and lots of exposed beams. However, it’s also ready for the long winter with radiant flooring in the basement and heated driveway strips to save you from shoveling.

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Price: $2,995,000

Beds: 2+2

Baths: 3

What’s more fitting for a Canadian winter than a house with its own 80-by-40-foot private indoor hockey rink, complete with Zamboni? These are just a couple of the features that make this Niagara region property perfect for braving the winter. Separate from the 3,000-square-foot home, the rink facility/garage also houses a fitness center, dressing room, and bathroom, and the property is zoned so that the rink can legally operate as a business —  so while some businesses slow down during the winter, you could be raking it in.  


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Price: $3,995,000
Beds: 4+1
Baths: 5


In the summer, you might want to perfect your game on this home’s private golf area or perhaps take a dip in the in-ground pool nestled among natural-stone formations. But during the deep freeze, it’ll be hard to peel yourself away from this opulent 6,000-square-foot home’s gas fireplace in its grand living room.


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Josh Sherman

Wahi Writer


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