Kathryn McGarry Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry has said that “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.”
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.
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.