Exciting Activities For The Whole Family
“I can’t think of a better way to enjoy an Ontario winter than by experiencing the peace and beauty of a snow-covered provincial park,” said Ramsay. “Many of our parks have well-marked, groomed trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking. For overnight stays, some parks offer cozy cabins or other indoor accommodation or you can set up your own tent.”
A few of the family activities offered in provincial parks this winter include:
- Skating on an Olympic-sized rink at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, including a special family skating night on New Year’s Eve
- Cross-country skiing 13 kilometres of backcountry trails in Frontenac Provincial Park
- The Winter Bird Workshop in Presqu’ile Provincial Park with guided walks to learn winter birding skills
- Owl Prowl at The Pinery with a park naturalist to listen for the hoots of breeding owls
- Snowshoes or cross-country skis as part of the February Snowfest at Aaron Provincial Park
- g in Blue Lake Provincial Park
- Snowshoeing in Kettle Lakes Provincial Park
- Annual winter open house or husky dog sled races at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
The Ontario Parks website provides cross-country skiers with up-to-date information on trail and ski conditions in 17 provincial parks across the province. The service includes a conditions rating, the number of kilometres of track set, and trail grooming updates.
“Whether you are out for the day or planning to stay overnight, winter excursions can be challenging as well as rewarding,” said Ramsay. “Make sure you prepare for cold weather before heading out, and contact park staff in advance for current snow and ice conditions.”
For up-to-date park fees and information about winter activities and special events in provincial parks across Ontario, please visit the Ontario Parks website at www.OntarioParks.com. Click on ski reports or park events. You can get information about campsite availability and make reservations by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275).
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