Get Outta Town
Ontario has 26 provincial parks open in the winter. Silent Creek, MacGregor Point, Pinery, Bronte Creek, Algonquin and Arrowhead are all highly recommended for families in the GTA by the good folks at Ontario Parks.
We follow the Ontario Parks Blog for up to date inspiration on winter camping, ice trails and more.
We’ve also gathered a great big list of family-friendly downhill and cross country skiing destinations some of which include winter fat biking and tubing – check it out!
Arrowhead Provincial Park has an ice trail, heated accommodations, skiing, snowshoeing and tubing, as well as equipment rentals.
Arrowhead is also famous for its skating trail and for Fire and Ice nights. The trails are open in January form 9am to 5pm, in February from 9am-5:30pm and in March from 9am-6pm (weather permitting – please do check the daily trail report!)
Fire and Ice nights feature torchlit skating between 6 and 9pm on the following dates:
- Monday, January 1, 2018
- Saturday, January 6, 2018
- Saturday, January 20, 2018
- Thursday, February 1, 2018
- Saturday, February 10, 2018
- Thursday, February 22, 2018
- Saturday March 3, 2018
- Saturday March 17, 2018
A Note: Arrowhead can get extremely busy so please do call ahead to avoid disappointment or have an alternative plan in your back pocket – Cranberry Trail is a good one, Hanna Park is good for very young children and Memorial Park in Bracebridge looks like a lot of fun for everyone in the family.
McGregor Provincial Park is less busy than Arrowhead and also offers a skate trail (lit in the evening), skiing and snowshoeing as well as 16 heated yurts which are perfect for families looking for a bit of warmth in their winter adventure. McGregor is about 3 hours from Toronto and hosts winter camping in heated yurts and RV-ing as well.
The park is open from 8:30am-10pm daily.
Winter Yurt Camping
We had the wonderful experience of camping in a yurt at MacGregor Point last year and loved everything about it – the silent, starlit nights, cross-country skiing with headlamps along white birch trails, the snug, warm yurt after a day in the snow… Try it with your family!
Here’s a list of Ontario parks with winter yurt rentals…