Six of our most popular parks are hosting Family Day events — is your family spending time in nature this winter?
Snowfest 2017 — MacGregor Point Provincial Park
MacGregor’s Survival Challenge is back! Work as a team to complete brain-busting puzzles and winter camping challenges. Join naturalists for a “Birding for Beginners” family hike or an evening Owl Prowl.
Outdoor skating will be available from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm daily (weather permitting). Don’t forget to explore the park’s cross-country ski and snowshoe trails.
Winter Activity Weekend — Killarney Provincial Park
Glide along the 30 km of groomed cross-country ski trails or join one of the guided snowshoe hikes. Evening activities include presentations from guest speakers, an owl prowl, and stargazing at the park observatory. BBQ lunch compliments of Friends of Killarney Park.
Family Day Weekend — Rondeau Provincial Park
Even in the winter, signs of animal activity are all around us! This weekend, naturalists at Rondeau host events like Owl Prowls, guided hikes, owl pellet dissections and DIY bird feeders!
Winter in the Wild — Algonquin Provincial Park
Winter in Algonquin is unforgettable and Winter in the Wild highlights the best of what the season has to offer the whole family! Join Ontario Parks and The Friends of Algonquin Park for indoor and outdoor events, including guided bird walks, guest speakers, guided snowshoe excursions, skating, winter camping demos, marshmallow roasting and a special evening program. Chili lunch and BBQ supper will be available for purchase.
Family Day — Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Tour the various barns and outbuildings of the Children’s Farm (open 9:00-4:00 pm) to see your favorite farm animals. Pellet feed stations available (funds support the Friends of Bronte Creek Park). In the Children’s Playbarn, kids 10 and under can climb, jump and explore tunnels to their hearts content.
At the Nature Centre (open 10:00-4:00 pm), live animals and hands-on displays showcase Bronte Creek’s natural world. Don’t forget to stop by the crafts station!
Family Day Weekend — Pinery Provincial Park
No need to hibernate! Family Day is a great excuse to get out and explore nature in winter. Come and learn how Pinery’s winter residents survive in winter – from tiny predators living under the snow, to winter songbirds and large awe-inspiring night-time predators like great horned owls.
Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes, toboggan and/or skates, and enjoy winter! Skis and snowshoes are also available for rent. Don’t miss the Family Day campfire!
Family Fishing Weekend
Did you know Canadians can fish licence-free from February 18-20, 2017? What a great time to introduce your family to ice fishing! Find an event near you.
Reminder: this has been a warm winter in many parts of the province. Check LOCAL ice conditions — safety first!