Children cross country skiing on trail

Where to rent winter equipment at Ontario Parks

What’s winter without snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and skating?

These essential experiences all have one thing in common: you need the right gear to participate!

Here’s where you can rent or borrow winter gear in 2020:

Snowshoes

Couple snowshoeing in a blizzard

Nature looks completely different under a glittering blanket of snow. Strapping on a pair of snowshoes for a trek along a trail lets you experience our provincial parks in a totally new way.

Eight parks rent snowshoes to visitors who don’t have their own:

Be sure to check out why each of these is a great location to visit in the first place!

Cross-country skis

Cross-country skiing is a great way for families to get outdoors and enjoy the winter together. Plus, skiing comes with many proven health benefits.

Here’s where you can rent a pair of skis and glide through frozen forests:

Skates

Skating through the forest under the stars at Arrowhead has become a bucket-list item for Ontarians. The park offers skate rentals at the new Visitor Centre for guests who need them.

Arrowhead can get quite busy on weekends. Check out our guide on how to have a stress-free experience there.

Ice fishing

Man ice fishes on Windy lake

Windy Lake offers a fantastic opportunity for those looking to give ice fishing a try.

A complete ice fishing package is available at the Park Office, including portable shelters and equipment. Staff will even transport everything out onto the ice and help set it up (in the best fishing spots, of course).

Others

Arrowhead’s tube hill is another of the park’s exciting winter offerings.

To make things as easy as possible, tubes are provided free of charge. Only park-provided tubes are allowed on the hill, and no toboggans. There are two warm-up shelters and an open fire pit at the top.

girl sliding down a hill in a tube

Bronte Creek Provincial Park‘s disc golf course stays open all year, and the park offers rentals for guests who don’t have their own discs. A snowy landscape offers a whole new set of obstacles to play through.

park staff throwing disc into basket in snow

Which park is a winter must-see for you?