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Get Outside and Embrace Winter in Ontario

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Get Outside and Embrace Winter in Ontario

Many Ontario Parks Offer Family Fun All Year Round

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Winter has arrived, but that doesn't mean staying indoors until spring. Ontario's provincial parks continue to offer many activities this time of year, with more than 25 parks open all winter long. So bundle up, get outside and enjoy the crisp air and quiet forests.

Here are five ways to take part in winter fun in Ontario's provincial parks:

Learn something new

Ever heard of winter camping? Try it! Frontenac offers winter camping workshops to teach you all the basics - from trip planning to equipment details and safety. 

Eat what you catch

Try your hand at ice fishing at Sibbald Point, Windy Lake or Silent Lake Provincial Parks.  No equipment? Windy Lake has an ice fishing kit you can borrow. Just be sure you have a valid fishing licence and outdoors card, and ensure you follow the rules of ice fishing in Ontario's parks.

Skate through the woods

Glide through the woods at MacGregor Point and Arrowhead Provincial Parks where summer campground loops become skate trails. Visit MacGregor Point at night when the outdoor lights come on, making an evening skate truly magical.  

Stay active

There are lots of ways to stay active this winter in Ontario's provincial parks. Grab a friend or the family and go for a hike through Presqu'ile Provincial Park.  Once the snow accumulates, many parks also offer snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or tobogganing. 

Book a cozy cabin

Stay warm and toasty in a cabin at Quetico or Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, or enjoy a trailside yurt at Pinery or Algonquin Provincial Park.  Reserve mid-week for the best availability!

Remember, winter outdoor activities always depend on the weather, so check park conditions before you leave home and dress appropriately. 

Quick Facts

  • More than 450 kilometers of cross-country ski trails are offered this winter in 19 Ontario Parks.
  • Ontario has more than 330 provincial parks, which cover more than 8 million hectares — an area larger than the entire province of New Brunswick.
  • In 2016, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 10 million visits from people around the world and brought in over $82 million in revenue, which supports jobs and businesses across the province.

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Kathryn McGarry

“Winter provides a beautiful backdrop to explore and enjoy the natural beauty of Ontario. Whether you want to skate through the forest or try your hand at ice fishing, our provincial parks have so much to offer. I encourage everyone to embrace the weather and have some outdoor winter fun.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Media Contacts

  • Media Calls Only: Emily Kirk

    Minister’s Office

    416-314-2206

  • Media Calls Only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch

    416-314-2106

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