Winter is an incredibly rewarding time to visit Ontario's Provincial Parks. The snow-swept landscape reveals a chance to discover scenery and solitude not available at other times of the year. From bold chickadees, snow laden spruce or the subterranean gurgle of a frozen creek, you will create lasting memories with your friends and family.
A visit during the winter, however, does require some additional planning on your part, and the following points are meant to guide you in having the best experience possible.
S.L.I.D.E.S Winter Safety PDF
- Check the weather beforehand and dress appropriately. Wear layers so you can adjust your clothing accordingly.
- Let a friend or family member know where you are going and when you plan on returning.
- Plan on being back to your vehicle or campsite an hour before sunset and gauge your trip accordingly.
- Don't forget to register at the park gate.
- Avoid travelling on ice at all costs! Ice conditions can be extremely variable, and underwater springs or currents can cause dangerous conditions even in the dead of winter.
- Bring an emergency pack including the following: dry warm clothing, first aid kit, flashlight, matches, spare ski tip and wire for bindings, water and high energy food.
- Have fun and play safe, ultimately, your safety is your responsibility.