Ontario Parks

Winter Safety

Winter is an incredibly rewarding time to visit Ontario's Provincial Parks. The snow-swept landscape reveals a chance to discover scenery and solitude not available at other times of the year. From bold chickadees, snow laden spruce or the subterranean gurgle of a frozen creek, you will create lasting memories with your friends and family.

A visit during the winter, however, does require some additional planning on your part, and the following points are meant to guide you in having the best experience possible.

  • Check the weather beforehand and dress appropriately. Wear layers so you can adjust your clothing accordingly.
  • Let a friend or family member know where you are going and when you plan on returning.
  • Plan on being back to your vehicle or campsite an hour before sunset and gauge your trip accordingly.
  • Don't forget to register at the park gate.
  • Avoid travelling on ice at all costs! Ice conditions can be extremely variable, and underwater springs or currents can cause dangerous conditions even in the dead of winter.
  • Bring an emergency pack including the following: dry warm clothing, first aid kit, flashlight, matches, spare ski tip and wire for bindings, water and high energy food.
  • Have fun and play safe, ultimately, your safety is your responsibility.
red cross S.L.I.D.E.S Winter Safety PDF