Ontario Parks host the BEST winter events!
We’re starting the season with a December Victorian Christmas celebration at Oakville’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park, and wrapping up winter with a late March Candlelight Ski and Tea at northwestern Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park.
And there’s lots going on in between.
We’ve highlighted a sample of what’s planned. For a complete listing, visit our Calendar of Events.
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You’ve checked our Fall Colour Report, and you’re ready for an autumn adventure.
Here are our top seven tips for finding your fall colour fix:
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Out of vacation days, but still craving a quality backcountry adventure?
These quick weekend getaways provide all the solitude of the Ontario backcountry, and the ability to be back in the office bright and early Monday morning.
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Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Ontario Parks invites you to challenge yourself this fall.
Hike, bike or run through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. And if you’re up for a little healthy competition, try one of the events below.
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As the short cold days and long starry nights of winter set in, many feel the ‘blues’. However, there are some individuals who are highly affected by the change in season, who are truly ‘SAD’ with Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, a visit to your favourite park can be part of the solution to SAD.
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Summer campers love Ontario Parks but many have never experienced their favourite park in winter. Ontario Parks aims to change that. Nineteen provincial parks are open this winter season with cross-country trails to ski. Thirteen have groomed or track-set trails. And eight of the nineteen have comfortable roofed accommodation for rent. Designated snowshoe trails are in many parks. Some have skating and tubing too. Three parks will host ski loppets. Another will host an annual snowshoe race and at least five plan to celebrate February’s Family Day weekend with special events. Below are tips to help visitors plan their own exotic park adventure this winter:
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Guest Blogger: Evan Holt, Traversing
I heard about the Frontenac Challenge a few years ago… which is to hike the provincial park’s 11 loops and 160km of trails between September 1 and October 31. With the park’s All-Season Camping Challenge (camp at least one night in each month of the year for 12 consecutive months) and the Junior Hiking Challenge (Youth up to 12 years of age can take part in a mini Frontenac Challenge where they only need to complete six of the main loops in the park), Frontenac offers some great incentives to take in the sights and smells of the outdoors.
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1. Book a Prince Edward County adventure
Maple Rest Heritage House is a four-bedroom Victorian farmhouse. Jacques Cottage has a beautiful view of Lake Ontario. You can book either for a fall getaway to Prince Edward County this fall through Sandbanks Provincial Park.
2. Find a quiet corner of Algonquin
Check out these tips from staff on how to explore a less busy side of Algonquin in the fall.
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All kinds of sporting events are held at Ontario Parks every year. Trail runs, road races, triathlons, cycling events, cross-country ski events, and even a hiker’s challenge. At least one of the running events is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Check the Ontario Parks’ calendar of events for listings. New events are added all the time. Friends volunteer organizations plan many of the sporting events and often have event information on their websites.
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Are you dreaming of being surrounded by orange, yellow and red hues, endless landscapes and water as smooth as glass? This means you are ready to plan your fall paddling trip!
Fall is a great time to get out in Ontario Parks; fall colours are amazing, blackfly season has subsided and the water is high this year.
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