Outdoor fun at Brampton’s Winter Wonderland

The City of Brampton is bundling up for Winter Wonderland – an exciting winter full of outdoor activities, including new ice rinks, trails, and more.

Staying active is essential to our health and wellbeing and the city is offering many options for residents to enjoy safe, open air activities during the winter months while maintaining physical distancing.

“In a time when it is difficult to maintain social connection, we have created a season of safe and fun activities for everyone this winter,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said. “I encourage everyone to lace up their skates, don some snowshoes, and wear their mask or a warm face covering as we make a visit to Winter Wonderland in a healthy and safe way this season.”

Activities will follow public health measures including limited capacity, physical distancing and masking and it is expected that all participants will do their part to follow the required protocols.

Four new outdoor ice rinks are in town for everyone to enjoy this winter at the following locations: Valleybrook Park – synthetic ice pilot; Earnscliffe Park– artificial ice; Morris Kerbel Park– artificial ice; and Flower City Community Campus – artificial ice.

Everyone is also encouraged to use the existing outdoor ice rinks and trails at Gage Park, Gore Meadows Community Centre, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, and Chinguacousy Park.

Rinks are expected to open on December 18, weather permitting. Those using the skating rinks and trails are encouraged to wear a Canadian Standard Association (CSA) certified hockey helmet. The city may close its rinks during the season in the event of extreme or inclement weather, including when it is not cold enough to maintain ice or if temperatures get too cold (below -20 degrees Celsius).

As part of the City of Brampton’s Community Outdoor Rink program, residents can request their own neighbourhood ice rink. Simply form a committee of at least five residents in your neighbourhood and email [email protected] to submit a request.

If your request is successful upon a conducted site visit, City staff will set up boards for your rink at a designated location in your neighborhood, and your committee will be responsible for flooding, maintaining, supervising, and filling out daily inspection sheets. The City will work closely with your committee to ensure everyone’s safety on the ice.

The city is also introducing a cross-country skiing trail and a snowshoeing trail at Chinguacousy Park for independent use this season. Bring your own skiis, snowshoes and safety equipment to access the trail.

The trails are expected to open for public use on December 18, weather permitting. For the trail location within Chinguacousy Park and hours of operation, visit www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland.

If skating and skiing is a little too intense, you might want to discover Brampton’s stunning parks and walking paths while attending themed, guided walks for all ages on various dates with Brampton Recreation Staff, such as a guided Holiday Hike with nature activities. Weather permitting, this program will occur using snowshoes provided by the City. Residents are also invited to enjoy the various Recreational Trail systems throughout Brampton, which will include enhanced winter maintenance on the Chinguacousy Trail, Don Doan Trail, Esker Lake Trail, Etobicoke Creek Trail, and Fletcher’s Creek Trail. Click here to learn more.

Plan to join the fun with the Brampton Recreation team at outdoor drop-in programs for the entire family this winter, including Fort Building and Snow Art.

For more details on locations and times, visit www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland.

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