Note that Ontario is currently in the process of re-opening and there are rules and restrictions on capacity and some places require advance reservations. It’s best to call ahead or check websites before visiting to confirm. For more information on health recommendations for the Burlington area visit Halton Region Public Health and/or view and subscribe to the Health and Safety Notices page on the City website.

Snow Fun 2021

People walking along promenade in Spencer Smith Park in winter

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February 12, 2021

Winter has arrived and now with some 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.

skiing at glen eden

Ski Season is Here

Good news for skiers and boarders, Glen Eden will be opening on February 16 and reservations are required and will be accepted starting February 13.  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. Note: Reservations are now required before your visit – book at parkvisit.ca. Conservation Halton offers trails at Hilton Falls, 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.

Winterlit at Mountsberg

The wooded trails at Mountsberg are always beautiful around this time of year but now they have been made more magical than ever! The Winterlit Trail (600m round trip) features a unique and stunning lighting experience with inspirational art installations along the trail. Also at Mountsberg, the Illuminated Sugar Bush Trail (1km round trip) features soft overhead lighting to allow for a beautiful evening stroll through the sugar bush. This experience will include soundtracks from local musicians while you enjoy the beauty of Mountsberg in winter, safely. On until February 21 (weekends and holidays only, reservations required)

snowshoeing at crawford lake

Snowshoe anyone?

Looking 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 you are 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!

Remember 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.  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

There is something classically Canadian about lacing up your skates and stepping on the ice at an outdoor rink.   Two outdoor skating opportunities are available at Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd. and at Hidden Valley Park, 1137 Hidden Valley Rd. Skating is free, but registration is required 25 hours ahead. For your safety, do not skate on stormwater ponds.Learn more: burlington.ca/skating Also several city parks have neighbourhood rinks this year and are open weather permitting.

Winter walk Spencer Smith Park

Take a Hike!

In addition to hiking at local parks, Conservation Areas and Bronte Creek the RBG trails and trailhead parking are open. Washroom facilities are not available. Some trails are closed due to weather impacts. Visit rbg.ca/onthetrails for up-to-date information.

New for 2021

Disc Golf

Disc golf is now available at Tyandaga Golf Course. It is a flying disc sport in which players throw a disc at a target, using rules similar to golf. The course at Tyandaga has nine holes and is free for Burlington residents. Bring your own discs or borrow from our Play Equipment Lending Library. Learn more: burlington.ca/sports

Outdoor Pickleball and Tennis Courts

Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts at Leighland Park (1200 Leighland Rd.) and Optimist Park (2131 Prospect St.) are open and available for play daily, from 8 a.m. to dusk. We ask that you cooperate with others using the space and follow all COVID-19 health precautions and posted signage. If the outdoor space is busy, please come back at a different time. Learn more: burlington.ca/playoutside

Bundle up and enjoy a snow day!  We want to know, what is your favourite winter activity.  Message us on social.  For more information on planning your visit to Burlington visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook we’re always happy to help.