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Winter activities – snow much fun!

by Linda Cvetanovic

It’s cold, it’s snowy …it’s a Canadian winter!  I will admit that I am the first to burrow under a blanket and dream of the warmer temperatures coming (right Wiarton Willie?) but I also know that getting out and staying active with some fun winter activities is the perfect way to enjoy this frosty season.  What you may not know about is… all the awesome outdoor adventures waiting for you right here in Burlington!  We’ve compiled a list of some of the things you can do that will make your winter activities – “snow much fun!”

Get vertical
There is no need to drive for hours when we have awesome slopes just north of us at Glen Eden.  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 want all the thrills but not the work – slide on down to the tube park for some downhill fun.

Winter activities - Skiing at Glen Eden

Why walk when you can snowshoe?
Looking for a great way to enjoy winter and get some exercise? Then snowshoeing may be for you.  We know there are lots of outstanding places for walking/hiking but all this snow just cries out for you to strap on some snowshoes and explore the outdoors.  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.

Winter activities -snowshoeing at Crawford Lake

Grab a sled & relive your childhood
Remember how much fun you had jumping on your krazy karpet and zipping down a snow covered hill with wild abandon.  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.

Winter activities - brontecreeksledding

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 Lake Ontario.  Further north at Bronte Creek Provincial Park you can zip around their Olympic sized outdoor rink and then warm up with a hot drink at the Park store.  Bronte Creek also offers skate rentals for both children and adults.  Skating is included in your park admission so make plans to spend the day and delight in all they have to offer.  Both rinks are open weather permitting.  For more ideas, check out our blog on outdoor and indoor skating in Burlington.

Winter activities - skating waterfront


Bundle up & stay the night
For those outdoor warriors that can’t get enough of the 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.

winter activities - winter camping

Take it cross-country
For those that appreciate a less vertical approach to skiing, there are lots of opportunities to appreciate the winter scenery with some cross-country skiing.  Conservation Halton offers cross country 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 if your keen there are all those other winter activities offered at the park.

Winter activities - cross country skiing

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.

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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