Frozen berries on a branch.

Winter fun in southeastern Ontario

Just because snowflakes are flying doesn’t mean you have to wait ’til spring to explore our parks again!

These southeastern parks provide plenty of wonderful close-to-home winter activities.

Darlington Provincial Park

45 minutes from Toronto, 15 minutes from Oshawa

person on beach

Darlington is open year-round for your winter adventures! Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy a wonderland experience close to home.

Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Just over 1 hour from Toronto

Snow-covered dock on water

Open all year for day use, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy the calming quiet of Sibbald Point! Lake Simcoe has excellent ice fishing for perch and whitefish.

Frontenac Provincial Park

45 minutes from Kingston, 2 hours from Ottawa

tent in forest

Camp overnight in Frontenac’s backcountry, or stay for the day! This park offers an 8 km out-and-back track-set cross-country ski trail, and plenty of more rugged trails that offer a bigger challenge for experienced skiers. For those who prefer snowshoeing, rentals are available.

Murphys Point Provincial Park

1.25 hours from Kingston or Ottawa

person skiing

Twenty-one kilometres of trails are available for skiing at Murphys Point, including 7 km for skate-skiing, 14 km for classic skiing, and an additional 8 km for backcountry skiing.

Two warm-up shelters will keep you comfortable on colder days. Main Chalet is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and toilet facilities are located at the two winter parking lots (main and Lally).

Silent Lake Provincial Park

2.5 hours from Toronto, 3 hours from Ottawa

Skier

Silent Lake offers more than 40 km of cross-country trails and plenty of snowshoeing opportunities. Snowshoe rentals are also available!

Ideal for families, each trail is colour-coded for easy recognition. A warm-up shelter is available to rest and recharge. Book a winter campsite for a multi-day winter adventure: seven electrical campsites are regularly plowed and are reservable online.

Voyageur Provincial Park

Just over an hour away from both Ottawa and Montreal

two skis on groomed track

Voyageur maintains 10 km of groomed cross-country ski trails. Arranged in 3 km, 7 km, and 10 km loops, these trails are ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers.

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

2.5 hours from Toronto, 1 hour from Peterborough

ground covered in snow with bushes

Try winter camping in our second-largest park in southern Ontario! Backcountry camping is available all year long if you want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the wilderness.

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

2 hours from Toronto, 1.5 hours from Kingston

boardwalk

Open year-round for day use, Presqu’ile offers 12 km of trails. Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy all this unique park has to offer.

Don’t forget to visit in March to see why Presqu’ile is renowned as one of the premier birding locations in Ontario!

Explore your favourite park in a whole new season

Before heading out, visit our Winter Safety page for tips and tricks for staying safe in the snow!

To help guarantee access for day use, our visitors are now able to plan their trips to Darlington, Sibbald Point, and Presqu’ile ahead of time by obtaining daily vehicle permit in advance of their trip.

Reservations can be made:

  • online
  • by phone:  1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

For more information, including how seasonal-permit holders can take advantage of this opportunity, please visit our website.