Looking for fun winter outings? You’ve come to the right place.
Across the province, Ontario Parks offer a bounty of winter activities for families. Some host special events like Family Day celebrations. There are parks with cool ice trails through the woods to skate and hundreds of kilometres of park trails to ski. Local ski clubs keep many park trails groomed and track set and winter ski loppets have become annual family gatherings. A couple of snowshoe races are even held every winter on designated snowshoe trails. Tobogganing is also popular. At Arrowhead, park visitors can even borrow a tube to take down a hill groomed especially for snow tubing. Use the Park Locator tool on the Ontario Parks’ website to help you search for winter park amenities or browse past Park Blog post for ideas. Here are some other helpful sources to get you started:
Family Day weekend
Presqu’ile, Algonquin, The Pinery, Arrowhead, MacGregor Point, Killarney, and Rondeau Provincial Parks often organize annual Family Day events. To find out what’s going on this year, browse the Ontario Parks’ Calendar of Events or search by park name.
The latest trail news
Get the latest park trail conditions from Ontario Parks’ Ski Report. The winter report is updated regularly by park staff and includes the latest trail news from provincial parks across Ontario.
Coolest skating in Ontario
We think skating on an ice trail that snakes through the woods is pretty cool; head to either MacGregor Point or Arrowhead Provincial Parks. Campground loops in both parks are flooded every winter to create the ice trails. This video and catchy tune from MacGregor Point will give you an idea of what the trails are like. Bronte Creek, Algonquin, and The Pinery Provincial Parks also have skating rinks and you’ll find skate rentals at Arrowhead and Bronte Creek.
Perfect hills for sleds, saucers and toboggans
Three of the best hills to sled are found at The Pinery, Bronte Creek and Arrowhead Provincial Parks. At Arrowhead, you can even borrow a tube with your Daily Vehicle Permit.
Coolest sleepover ever
This is a winter adventure that your kids will talk about for years. After a day of skiing, snowshoeing, skating or tobogganing, book one of Ontario Parks’ roofed accommodations for a kids’ sleepover. Seven parks across Ontario offer heated yurt or cabin rentals that can sleep up to six people. Each is furnished with electricity, bunk beds, mattresses, tables and chairs. All sites include their own fire pit and picnic table and some come with their own gas barbecue. You will even find heated public washrooms at a few including MacGregor Point Provincial Park, also known as Ontario’s Yurt Capital. Visit this Park Blog post for more on it.
Please note: conditions for snow tubing, skating rinks and skating trails vary. Please contact the park or check their twitter feed for the latest conditions.