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Snow Much Fun in #BurlON 2019

by Pam Belgrade

Winter has arrived and even without a lot of snow we can get outside and enjoy all kinds of fun. Bundling up and staying active 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 don’t fret Glen Eden has everything you need from rentals to lessons.  

For those that appreciate less vertical skiing, there are lots of opportunities to take in the winter scenery with some cross-country skiing once we have a little more of the white stuff.  Conservation Halton offers trails at Hilton Falls (rentals also available there), Crawford Lake and Mountsberg where you can take in some gorgeous settings.  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?

Snowshoeing family at Conservation Halton ParksLooking 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!

Family on saucer ready to slide down snowhillRemember 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

People skating outdoors at Burlington Rotary Centennial PondThere 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 Burlington 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 several city parks have neighbourhood rinks this year and are open weather permitting.  

Sleep under the stars

Winter Firepit

For those of you who say 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?

For more information on planning your visit to Burlington give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook we’re always happy to help.

 

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