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Ontario Parks the place for winter fun

McGuinty Government Encourages Families To Get Active This Winter

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Looking for outdoor activities this winter?  Check out Ontario's provincial parks!

Parks across the province are offering a variety of winter sports, camping and wildlife-viewing events.  Activities include:

  • A New Year's Eve family skate and public coyote howl on December 31, 2008, at Bronte Creek Provincial Park between Oakville and Burlington.  The ice rink at Bronte Creek is already open and will operate through the winter during park hours, weather permitting.
  • The Sawmill Lake Classic Ski Tour at Quetico Provincial Park near Atikokan on January 17, 2009, hosted by the Beaten Path Nordic Ski Club.  This is a friendly cross-country ski event for the whole family.
  • A winter camping workshop on January 17, 2009, and instructional weekends on winter camping on January 31 to February 1 and February 7 to 8, 2009, at Frontenac Provincial Park near Kingston.  The workshop will discuss planning winter camping trips and is a pre-requisite for the instructional weekends.
  • The Sleeping Giant Loppet cross-country ski race on March 7, 2009 at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park near Thunder Bay. There are 10-, 20- and 50-kilometre races open to all ages and abilities, with a focus on fun and participation.

Quick Facts

  • Twenty-five of Ontario's 330 provincial parks are open in the winter.
  • Ontario Parks winter passes allow unlimited daily vehicle visits; they are valid from December 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009, and cost $59.40.
  • You can enjoy a winter park visit in comfort by staying in a yurt hut at Algonquin, MacGregor Point, Pinery, Quetico, Killarney or Silent Lake provincial parks.

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“Winter is a great time to visit a provincial park. Skiing, skating, snowshoeing, camping and wildlife viewing at parks across Ontario are perfect ways to have some family fun, get lots of fresh air, and enjoy our province's beautiful winter landscapes.”

Donna Cansfield

Minister of Natural Resources

“Provincial parks play an important role in Ontario’s tourism industry. By attracting visitors to the great outdoors, our parks not only help to make Ontario the destination of choice for many travellers but they also help boost local economies all across the province.”

Monique Smith

Minister of Tourism



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