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Howling hikes ring in the new year

Expect some serious howling this December 31 — the howling hikes return for their 17th year!

This Bronte Creek Provincial Park tradition is a particular favourite for park staff as it combines winter fun, night hiking, howling, and enthusiastic families.

Howl away the end of 2017

The Coyote Howl program is held in the park’s day-use area off Burloak Drive, just north of the QEW. Park staff lead visitors along the forest edge at night, a time of day when most of us would not normally go into the woods.

coyote
Photo: Peter Granka

During the Public Coyote Howl, the park naturalist will even teach you how to howl just like a coyote! Guests learn about the life and habits of the misunderstood coyote. Visitors leave the program with a new appreciation for urban nature, and a sense of wonder to carry them into the new year.

Afterwards, everyone is invited to gather around the bonfire to ring in the new year with the Countdown for Kids.

Specific hikes times will vary, so please contact the park closer to the event date. This is an outdoor hike, so ensure you are dressed for the weather.

There is no additional fee to participate in the New Year’s Eve program. Please note that this is an alcohol-free event.

Bronte Creek playbarn in winter

The Children’s Farm and Playbarn are open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm throughout the winter! For more information on park events and facilities please call 905-827-6911.