Downtown Port Perry Winter Activity Guide

by | Jan 11, 2022 | EXPLORE, NEWS | 0 comments

Enjoy winter in and around Lake Scugog with our guide to the top Downtown Port Perry activities for the season. The perfect day trip is within reach, let us help plan your next adventure.


If you are looking for unique shops that offer beautiful gifts and products you have come to the right place! There is no shortage of shopping options on main street Port Perry. 

Eclectic Elements is a local favourite store with home decor, gifts, ladies’ fashions, and jewelry all at an affordable price. Shop at The Wee Tartan Shop if you’re looking for the best of British, Scottish, Celtic, English, Irish, Welsh, Masonic, and Guinness products. Find quality clothing and accessories at affordable prices when you shop at Plum Loco. They pride themselves on carrying a variety of sustainable fabrics. With so many options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something you love! 

Looking for something specific or feel like browsing? Check out our complete list of Downtown Port Perry shops.


Skate a Frozen Lake Scugog

Port Perry has so many opportunities to have family fun and play in the downtown core. Lace up your skates and skate on the Lakefront, easily accessible from Palmar Park. Enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Scugog and the downtown core while you make memories with your favorite people.

Snowmobile the Trails 

Snowmobile through the local trails and see Port Perry from a thrilling perspective. After your scenic ride stop into one of our many farm-to-fork restaurants and cafes for lunch or a cup of hot chocolate.  Feel like indulging in some comfort food? Grab a poutine from Captain George’s, made with real curds. 

Build a Snowman

Do you want to build a snowman? Engage in some family fun at Palmer Park by building the ultimate snowman or snow-woman. The first step is to take a scoop of snow, if you can sculpt it into a tight snowball you’re ready. Next roll out three larger balls in varying sizes that will act as the base, body, and head of your frosty creation. Lastly you will want to give your new friend a face. Visit Foodland to pick up a classic carrot nose, and other treats that can act as eyes and a smile.

Ice Fishing

How can we have a list of Lake Scugog winter activities and not mention ice fishing? During the winter you can see ice huts dotting the frozen lake as far as the eye can see. Inside those little ‘houses’ are people trying their hand at ice fishing while sharing laughs, drinks, and stories

Seasonal Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Depending on when you visit Port Perry, you may just get to experience a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride.

*Ready to take you and your family on a sightseeing adventure through the downtown core, carriage rides take place on Queen Street and traditionally run on weekends in December.

Find a Book to Read

Downtown Port Perry is full of hidden gems, like Books Galore and Willow Books — both offering a unique selection of new and used books. Stop in at That  Place on Queen and start those first couple of chapters, while sipping a warm drink in a cozy setting. 


Take a walk down Port Perry’s Historic Main Street and go into  Marwan’s Global Bistro. You’ll find internationally inspired food from Marwan’s travels to over thirty-five countries. Try a local favorite, the award-winning Old Flame and Cheddar Cheese Soup that’s made with locally made Old Flame Blonde beer. Order the Carne Asada Tacos and savour toasted flour tortillas, grilled marinated flank steak, avocado lime crema, pico de gallo, jalapeno, queso and cilantro. Try a Middle Eastern inspired dish with the Middle Eastern Dip Trio. You’ll be sure to leave with a satisfied appetite in a restaurant just a stone throw away from Lake Scugog.

Need something a bit quicker? Give Saffron Eatery a try! Some say that eating good shawarma is the key to happiness. Those same people may be onto something. You can even order online and pick it up at your convenience. 

*In response to the latest COVID variant, the province has returned to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators. 

These measures include closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments. Takeout is still permitted. 

We ask that you support our downtown eateries during this time and eat local when you consider getting take-out. Need ideas? check out our restaurant directory .

Enjoy Dessert 

After you finish your meal you may be looking for something sweet. Take a walk down to Mrs.Fields where you can order a pretzel, cookie, or hot chocolate for dessert! Get your hot chocolate to-go and stroll down the historic main street to enjoy the festive lights.  

We hope you enjoyed this winter activity guide, stay up to date, and keep an eye out for our upcoming spring activity guide. When posting on social media be sure to include the hashtag #DiscoverPortPerry for a chance to be featured on our page! 


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