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Bronte Creek

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Notice :

Hiking trails have limited access, for details call 905-827-6911. Or click on the Things to Do tab above for hiking information.

What you'll like:

  • Bronte Creek Ravine - 50 m (115 ft) deep
  • Family camping experience –from tents to large RV’s
  • 1.8 acre outdoor pool
  • Five great hiking trails that showcase the natural beauty of the park
  • Children’s Farm with live farm animals
  • Turn-of-the century Spruce Lane Farm House (c.1899)
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Excellent interpretive programs - Maple Syrup Festival in March, Ghost Walks in August, Camper Halloween and Homestead Christmas in December
  • Skating, tobogganing, cross-country skiing (weather permitting)

Learn to Camp Program Available

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Park Promotion

Join our farm hand and help us take care of our chickens or horses. Learn what a good egg is and the difference between hay and straw. Call 905-827-6911 ext 231 for more information.

Park Promotion

Is the old house haunted? You can decide for yourself during the Ghost Walk of the Victorian era farm buildings. call 905-827-6911 ext 231 for more information.

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 148
  • Electrical Campsites - 144
  • Group Campsites - 4
  • Yurts - 3

Camping

Bronte Road access - Bronte Creek offers a unique camping experience!  Minutes from the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) and part of the Greater Toronto Area (Oakville), you can enjoy camping in an Ontario Provincial Park!  Choose from one of 144 electrical sites set in a field or forest. Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment – tents to RVs.

Bronte Creek also offers three yurts and group camping.

Please note campers MUST drive 6km - 11km on busy roads to access the facilities in the Day-use area.


 

Car Camping

Bronte Creek offers car camping in all four of the campground loops. The Prairie loop is designed to accommodate larger RV’s but will easily accommodate smaller trailers or tents as well. The Savannah, Woodlands and Ravine Loops are ideal for smaller trailers < 25 ft and tent camping. All campsites have electrical hook up for each campsite. Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations, laundry facilities, playgrounds, hiking trails and amphitheater are close by. Day-use facilities are a short drive outside of the park.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Savannah Loop is radio free.

 

Group Camping

Bronte Creek offers four group campsites.  These sites will accommodate 25 to 50 people. The sites are only accessed by a short walking path from the parking lots. The sites do not accommodate any type of vehicle or trailer and do not offer electricity. Water taps and small washroom facilities are located near by.

You must call the park directly to reserve group campsites. (905) 827-3228

Yurts

Number of Yurts at Park: 3
Site Number(s): 201, 236, 239

Bronte Creek offers three yurts for rent. All three are located in the Savannah Loop which is designated as radio free.

Sleeps:
Maximum 6 people

Amenities

The comfort station and water taps are located nearby. Each yurt is equipped with two sets of bunk beds and sleeps up to six people. Inside the yurt you will find a table and chairs, a broom and dust pan. Outside you will find a deck with a propane bbq, picnic table and fire pit. Each yurt has electric heating, lights and electricity.

What to Bring

Visitors are asked to bring their own bedding, cookware, dishes, food and other personal items.

Visiting in Winter
Restrictions

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the yurt or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities. Cooking in yurts is not permitted.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK.

Highlights of Things to Do

Bronte Creek Provincial Park was created to showcase the natural beauty and historical significance of the 1900 century European settler farm life along the creek valley.

An awe-inspiring natural discovery awaits you in this urban island of green. It’s a virtually untouched corridor of trees, plants, birds and other wildlife. The Bronte Creek ravine is wide and deep and divides the park in two distinct activity areas: Campground and Day-use.

The park is truly a four season park, open everyday except for Christmas Day.
In the spring, the park’s forest floor is blanketed with Ontario’s Floral Emblem: the Trillium, plus many other spring wildflowers. Also in the spring, stop by the children’s farm and witness the miracle of life with our newborn farm animals.

In the summer, enjoy our 1.8 acre pool, hiking trails, family picnics and stay the night at our campground.

The winter is just as nice with skating, tobogganing and cross-country ski trails.


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

Maiden’s Blush Trail – 1 km – (Located in Day-Use Area)

Notice : The northern portion of the Maiden’s Blush trial is closed due to overhead tree hazards, the southern portion of the trial is open and accessible.

The trailhead is north of the Children’s Playbarn (Lot C). This paved trail winds through mature forest and is suitable for walking, roller blading and cycling. This trail is wheelchair accessible.

Trillium Trail – 1 km – (Located in Day-Use Area)

Notice : The Trillium Trail is closed due to overhead tree hazards


The trailhead located behind the barns of Spruce Lane Farm (Lot F). This trail is the best place in the park to see spring wildflowers and catch a breathtaking glimpse of the valley floor. The trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

Ravine Trail – 2.7 km- (Located in Day-Use Area)
This linear path meanders along the top of the valley between Spruce Lane Farm and the picnic area by Parking Lot A. (access via Lot A or F)

Gateway Trail – 1.5 km- (located in Campground area)

Halfmoon Valley Trail - 2km (Located in Day-Use Area)

Notice : The Half Moon Valley Trail is closed due to overhead tree hazards

Trailhead is minutes from Spruce Lane Farmhouse (lot F). Explore the Bronte Creek valley and the parks early history. It includes some steep climbs and may not be suitable for disabled visitors. MP3 audio tour available.

 
Swimming

Bronte Creek Provincial Park is home to one of Canada’s largest outdoor pools. This 1.8 acre pool is located at the Recreation Complex in the Day-Use area. The pool is a large pond shape that is designed for wading with a starting depth of mere centimeters, gradually deepening to 2 m (6 ft) in the center. Lifeguards are on duty. (There is an additional fee to use the pool area.) Pool Season : last Saturday in June to Labour Day. (temporary closures may occur due to weather).

 
Fishing

You can access the creek easily by following Half Moon Valley Trail. Once there you may fish (in season) for Rainbow Trout, splake, steelhead and Pacific Salmon.

 
Biking

Maiden’s Blush Trail allows cycling and there are many gravel road and access trails to bike throughout the park.

 
Natural Heritage Education

Bronte Creek Provincial Park offers two interpretive centres. Spruce Lane Farmhouse, located close to parking lot F in the day-use area, showcases what life for the early farmer (1890 -1905) must have been like. Many demonstrations and special events highlight this one-of-a-kind living history museum.

The Nature Centre is located next to the big Red Play Barn and Children’s Farm. Displays feature the unique natural elements of the park: ravine and creek, field and forest. Kids love to visit with our turtles and explore hands-on in our discovery room. Many daily programs in the summer start here at the Nature Centre.

Family programs and events are offered March through to December.

 
Birding

Bronte Creek Provincial Park, with its open fields, is a favourite of many birds of prey, hawks, merlin, kestrels and eagles. Not to mention various species of owls. The park has been known to be home to over 190 species of birds.

 
Winter Activities

Weather permitting: the park maintains an Olympic-size skating rink (located at Recreation Complex) from the third weekend in December until the last weekend of February. There is also a toboggan hill and approximately 5 km of cross-country ski trails that loop throughout the park.

Amenities

Bronte Creek Provincial Park is the perfect place for a family outing or camping trip. We are located between two major communities (Burlington and Oakville) which offer all your conveniences and services. The park has great cell phone reception and is a mere 15 minute drive to the nearest hospital or medical centre. We have a trailer filling and dumping station, as well as laundry and showering facilities for those travellers needing to recharge before continuing on their adventure.
For day-visitors we have plenty of parking, barrier-free washrooms and picnic areas or shelters to enjoy. Hike, bike, ride or walk the numerous trails and paths which connect the many facilities and features found in the park.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Our Day-Use Area has nine comfort stations with running water and flush toilets.

The two campground comfort stations are centrally located and equipped with running water, flush toilets, showers and coin operated laundry machines.

 
Flush Toilets

All washroom facilities at Bronte Creek are equipped with running water and flush toilets.

 
Barrier Free Access

Maiden’s Blush Trail is barrier-free. All washroom facilities have barrier-free access. There are two campsites designated as barrier-free.

 
Day Use Area

Bronte Creek offers day-use everyday of the year except Christmas day.

 
Laundry

Coin Laundry is available at the two comfort stations at the campground.

 
Rentals

The park store offers skate and skate aid rentals in the winter and sport ball rentals in the summer.

 
Park Store

The park store is open from the last weekend in June until Labour Day and reopens for the skating season the 3rd weekend in December until the last weekend in February (weather permitting). The park store sells Ontario Parks merchandise and items that you may have forgotten when packing for your day outing. The store also sells fresh food concession items and sundries.

 
Picnic Shelter

There are 11 picnic shelters available for rental between the 3rd weekend in June and the 2nd weekend in December. The shelters are first-come first-served for the remainder of the year. All shelters have large charcoal BBQ grills for use. (must supply own charcoal)

 
Visitor Centre

Bronte Creek has two visitor centres.

The Nature Centre is where visitors can learn about glaciers and wildlife or meet for special outings such as spirit walks or coyote howls.

Spruce Lane Farm House is the centre of the annual Maple Syrup Festival and Homestead Christmas Program. During the summer months you can chat with the staff in period costume about life in the early 1900s and witness some of the activities from that time.

 
Pet Exercise Area

The Park has two leash free areas; one is a .5 km loop located in the Day-Use area and one 2 km loop in the Campground.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Day Use Area Map - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

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