2020 may be behind us, but we’re not out of the woods yet. While things continue to look different this year, getting out and spending time outdoors, responsibly with your bubble, does not have to be one them. In fact, bundling up and enjoying our cold, crisp winter season, can have a positive effect on everyone’s well-being. So, what are you waiting for? Start rediscovering your own backyard, right here in York Region.
Consider a nature hike – York Region has an extensive network of trails and forests just waiting to be explored.
- Cold Creek Conservation Area, located in King, consists of over 6km of scenic trails, suited to all skill-levels. Cross-country skis, snowshoes, and crampon rentals are also available, on-site, to make exploring the trails all the easier.
- Sibbald Point Provincial Park, in Georgina, while the park is technically closed for the season, the main park and parking lot remain open for visitors to enjoy the grounds at their leisure. Unorganized activities here could include: hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
- Unionville’s Toogood Pond is another popular spot for leisurely strolls, or make that a brisk walk this time of year, along the park’s walkway encircling the pond.
If you’re all walked out, and craving for more high-adrenalin winter fun, check out the locations below, but be sure to call ahead, as advanced reservations are likely required.
- For snowtubing, head to Georgina’s The ROC for a morning of exhilarating fun sliding down the slopes of their snow tube hill. For younger kids, try out the free toboggan hill and ice-skating rink adjacent to the tube park – be sure to pack your skates and a sled!
- For downhill skiing or snowboarding, Uplands Ski Club is the place for you. Uplands Ski Club offers a great environment for beginners of all ages. Or take a stab at snowboarding and enjoy the challenge in a non-threatening atmosphere!
- For skating, admittedly much less of an adrenalin-inducing activity, but one that will still get your heart pumping, your feet sliding, and your face smiling, check out your local skating rinks – indoor or out – but be sure to check ahead, as new restrictions (eg. pre-reserved time slots for residents only) are likely in effect.
Whatever you decide, make sure to dress warmly – layers are your friend – and keep hydrated. You’ll work up an appetite, so consider a stop to eat at one of the local restaurants before making your way back home.