Winter family fun at Ontario Parks

An old fashioned Christmas

Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville is open year round and always has exciting things for families to do. Every weekend until December 23, families can book a special Homestead Christmas and step back to the year 1900. A full day of activities includes a visit to the reindeer barn where reindeer are in training to become Santa’s team, a private visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a family photo portrait session complete with Victorian costumes. The cost for children is $15 each, $10 each for adults. Reservations are required. Celebrate New Year’s Eve here too. Take a coyote howl hike, join the Kids Countdown or the New Year’s Eve skating party on the park’s massive outdoor rink. For more events and park activities, click here.

A cool skate path

MacGregor Point’s cool 400 metre skate path snakes through a wooded area of the park located on Lake Huron, two and a half hours northwest of London. The skate path is lit at night so if you’re feeling extra adventurous, turn your skating party into an overnight affair and stay in one of the park’s twelve yurts. All are heated and so is the park’s comfort station which has showers and flush toilets. To reserve, call the park at 519-389-9056.

Wildlife viewing

Springwater Provincial Park near Barrie has a sanctuary for Ontario’s native wildlife that have been injured and cannot return to the wild. Families can enjoy a winter walk through the sanctuary that includes wildlife enclosures with bears, deer, owls, wolves and swans.Thirteen kilometres of trails in the park include track-set cross country trails and a snowshoe trail. A giant shelter with two heated cabins is perfect for a winter family picnic.

Ontario Parks’ ski report

Winter is off to a snowy start in Ontario. Watch in the coming weeks for the Ontario Parks’ Ski Report. Through the season, park staff update the report to reflect cross-country trail conditions in their parks. They report on new snow fall and the snow depth (base) on trails. The report also rates trail conditions and lists the types of trails in their parks. Trail distances and information on park amenities are also included along with a link to a local weather report. Twenty parks across Ontario have a total of over 430 km of ski trails.