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Winter is Snow Fun!

by Pam Belgrade

After a mild winter last year here is hoping that we have more of the white stuff so we can get outside and enjoy a Canadian winter. Bundling up and staying active with some fun winter activities is the perfect way to enjoy this frosty season.   We’ve compiled a list of some of the things you can do that will make your winter activities – “snow much fun!” in #BurlON.

Ski Season is Here

There is no need to drive for hours when we have slopes just north of us at Glen Eden where skiers and boarders can chose from 16 runs as well as a gnarly (their words) terrain park.  Beginners will appreciate the Discovery Package that includes everything you need from rentals to lessons for one low price.  

For those that appreciate less vertical skiing, there are lots of opportunities to appreciate the winter scenery with some cross-country skiing.  Conservation Halton offers trails at Hilton Falls (rentals also available here), Crawford Lake and Mountsberg in a gorgeous setting.  At Bronte Creek Provincial Park you can loop through 5K of cross country trails and there are lots of other winter activities offered at the park. For those looking to connect with like-minded outdoorsy types, check out the Halton Outdoor Club.  They offer many organized activities and trips year-round – all of the fun without the planning.

Snowshoe anyone?

Looking for a great way to enjoy winter and get some exercise? Then snowshoeing may be for you.  Conservation Halton‘s Crawford Lake and Mountsberg offer excellent opportunities to enjoy the winter landscapes plus they have snowshoe rentals available ($) which are great if you’re not sure if your ready to commit to buying yet.  If you are looking for a more interactive experience, consider signing up for one of the guided snowshoe hikes offered at the parks.  Visit the event calendar for dates and details.

Be King of the Hill!

Remember how much fun you had jumping on your sled and zipping down a snow covered hill. These days we may be a bit more cautious but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end.  Grab your sled and head to the Bronte Creek Provincial Park toboggan hill for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun.  If you’ve got kids in tow, make time to visit the play barn and children’s farm  while visiting the park.  The City of Burlington also has designated tobogganing locations where you can safely enjoy this fun winter activity.  Be sure to check out the tips for making this experience enjoyable and accident free.

Hit the ice, in a good way

There is something classically Canadian about lacing up your skates and stepping on the ice at an outdoor rink.  In downtown Burlington, you can enjoy free skating daily from 10am-10pm at the Rotary Centennial Pond overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario.  The skate lending program is back this season at the Rotary Centennial Pond and is available weekends and school holidays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For up-to-date ice conditions at this location call 905-335-7738, ext. 8587. Also Nelson, Brant Hills, Pineland and Central have neighbourhood rinks this year.  Of course all rinks are open weather permitting.  

Sleep under the stars

For those of you who winter is your favorite season consider winter camping at Conservation Halton’s Rattlesnake Point.  With year-round campsites available and some of the most beautiful natural viewing areas around, this is a great location to hike the day away, warm up with a campfire and maybe some s’mores (I think they are a camping staple) and then snuggle into to your warm sleeping bag for the night.

Bundle up and enjoy a snow day!  We want to know, what is your favourite winter activity?

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