Bronte Creek Provincial Park is located in Oakville Ontario and can be accessed from Burloak Drive, on the Burlington border, north of the QEW. The Park is a winter wonderland offering families the opportunity to spend a day/ days enjoying the outdoors, whether skating on its huge, Olympic sized outdoor rink, tobogganing on one of the best hills to be found in Halton, walking or skiing the extensive trail system or visiting the, always popular animals at the Children’s Farm and the Playbarn.
The outdoor skating rink is open from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm each day and with the help of a refrigeration system and Mother Nature, the ice rink can operate throughout January and until the end of February. This means that when there is a mild spell the rink can still be in good condition. A zamboni and its crew clear and resurface the ice regularly making the skating experience truly enjoyable. After dark the lights come on, adding to the ambience! Located beside the swimming pool, the Bronte Creek Park ice rink is within the recreation complex of buildings. The Park store is open to provide refreshments and skate rentals for both children and adults – and push bars to make skating with small children lots of fun for everyone. The heated change rooms with washrooms, flush toilets and a bonfire area, that you are free to use, make this an excellent place to have a family gathering or a party. Skate often. It is fun and a great way to get exercise!
The Children’s Farm and Playbarn are open daily from 9am – 4pm throughout the winter. An exciting experience for children, the Children’s Farm and Playbarn is a 150-year-old barn that has been transformed into a huge children’s play loft for climbing, jumping and having fun. Children 10 years of age and under will enjoy climbing and exploring in the play loft.
Below the play loft are stalls that are home to a variety of barnyard animals. Throughout the year be sure to watch for the additions of calves, piglets and other ‘youngsters’. There are farm staff members on hand to care for, feed, breed and clean all barnyard animals and their homes.
Daily parking passes to Bronte Creek Provincial Park are available. However, a seasonal membership for Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a family gift that keeps on giving week after week during the winter, or summer seasons. There is no limit to the number of visitors in each car and no additional fees for the use of the park, the ice rink, Children’s Farm or Playbarn, after a daily vehicle permit is obtained.
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Looking ahead to March and March Break, the Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a must to plan for. Every weekend and for the entire week of March Break there is an opportunity to explore our heritage; the Maple Sugar Bush and the making of maple syrup.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park specializes in heritage interpretation up to 1900. Tour guides dress in traditional turn-of-the-century clothing. Throughout each guided tour of the maple sugar bush, children have the fun of helping to draw the sap from maple trees and to interact with the guides throughout the tour. This helps them to understand, first-hand, the process of turning sap into the maple syrup we put on pancakes and the making of the delicious maple candy treats – so yummy to eat. Attractions include: Pancake house, candy shanty, fresh maple taffy, guided tours of Maple Lane, gift shoppe, wagon rides, farm animals farmhouse tours and demonstrations.
Visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park often! Established by the Ministry of Natural Resources for our use and enjoyment, Bronte Creek Provincial Park receives over 250,000 visitors each year. For more information, visit the web-site at: www.brontecreek.org