November/December events

November/December events at Ontario Parks

Many of our parks hibernate through the winter, but for others, the fun’s just getting started!

From Victorian farmhouses to dryland dogsledding, we’ve got some exciting events this November and December!

Watch a dogsledding derby at MacGregor Point Provincial Park

dryland dogsledding

If you’re looking for excitement, c’mon out to MacGregor Point‘s first-ever Dryland Sled Dog Derby, November 12-13, 2016.

Over 25 sled dogs from across Ontario and Quebec are expected at MacGregor Point, located in Saugeen Shores on Lake Huron. Different events will challenge the dogs to do something they love: run! Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the dogs and their mushers in the two-day competition.

Hang out in designated viewing areas, meet mushers and their canine athletes, and learn more about this fun, fast-paced sport. The Friends of MacGregor Point plan a fund-raising breakfast and a hot barbecue lunch. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate “Christmas at Presqu’ile”

Christmas at Presqu'ile 2015

Christmas at Presqu’ile celebrates its 25th anniversary this year! Held in Presqu’ile Provincial Park (near Brighton), the show and sale is one of Ontario’s best, and attracts thousands.

The event runs throughout the first two weekends in November and the Wednesday in between (November 5-6, November 9, and November 12-13, 2016).

Come early. Close to 150 artists are represented this year, and the Christmas Tearoom (along with its famous rum cake) is back!

Entry is free, and includes access to the park, as well as parking. This is a Friends of Presqu’ile fundraising event.

Step back in time at Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Victorian Christmas

Meet Santa

Kids love Bronte Creek Provincial Park‘s Victorian Christmas so much that the annual event has become a tradition for many young families.

Make special crafts, try old-tyme sugar cookies and warm apple cider, take a tractor ride and visit Spruce Lane Farm’s animals. There’s even a chance to dress up in Victorian clothes and get a picture with Santa!

The Oakville festival’s 2016 dates and times are December 3-4, December 10-11, and December 17-18, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. More information here.

Citizen science at Pinery Provincial Park

winter birdwatcher at the pinery

If you’re a budding birdwatcher, don’t miss the annual Christmas Bird Count at Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron. This year’s date is December 17, 2016.

North America’s oldest citizen survey has been taking place every December since 1900. Across the continent, thousands of volunteers count every bird they see or hear in a day. The amount of data collected is far more than scientists could do on their own and is invaluable to preserving species.

Pinery’s Christmas Bird Count is a chance to rub shoulders with experienced birders, learn about winter bird species and help a worthwhile cause. The day starts at 7:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm. Dress warmly and bring binoculars!

For a complete list of what’s on, check our Calendar of Events. Park staff add new listings regularly.