Family Day is about making time for the people who matter most in our lives. Bring your family to Halton Parks for Family Weekend for winter fun and outdoor experiences from Saturday, February 17 to Monday, February 19.
There is no shortage of options, whether you’re looking for a quiet hike, that family photo moment, want to try snowshoeing, or perhaps you’re inspired by the Olympics and want to hit the slopes! For a complete listing of activities, events, hours and fees visit www.conservationhalton.ca/familyweekend.
Glen Eden is hosting United Way Day on Monday, February 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to support our local Halton United Way efforts. Individuals who donate $25, and a family of four who donates $75, will receive an exclusive package which includes:
- Front of the line privileges from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Participation in the Dual Slalom race on the Quarry Run
- Exclusive access to the Magic Show at the top of the Quarry Run
- Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies
- A free Beaver Tail from the onsite food truck
- Swag bag, which includes exclusive Glen Eden and Conservation Halton vouchers
Visit the United Way tent beside the West Lodge at Glen Eden to purchase your exclusive package. Please note a regular lift ticket or Season Pass is required to access lifts.
Mountsberg Conservation Area is the family friendly epicentre of Halton Parks. Enjoy the thrill of a brisk winter sleigh ride when you bring the family here (extra fees apply). Children will love visiting the farm animals in the barn, jumping around in the Play Barn, and stopping by the bison in the paddock on the Wildlife Walkway. For Family Weekend, Raptor Shows, a Puppet Show, and a live Animal Encounter will also be offered.
When snow is on the ground at Crawford Lake, a quiet hush comes over the park. The Iroquoian Village sparkles in the sun. Bring your family to explore the Turtle and Deer Clan Longhouses, and see the “Celebrating Sweet Water Display” inside the Deer Clan. Put on snowshoes and go for a snowy winter walk to the meromictic lake; rentals are available in the gift shop. For Family Weekend, there will be snow painting, snowsnake games, a snowshoe demonstration, and a campfire for roasting marshmallows.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds for a quiet hike, or a photography session, or one-on-one time with your favourite four-legged friends this Family Weekend, go to Mount Nemo. Shutterbugs bring your cameras and your smartphones! Mount Nemo is beautiful when the snow covers the tree branches and the trails.
There’s so much you can do during Family Weekend at Rattlesnake Point. Give winter camping a try with your family and friends! It’s all in the preparation and planning beforehand. Or, you can bundle up, and bring hot chocolate, and take the whole family for winter hikes on the trails.
The winter is beautiful in Robert Edmondson Conservation Area. It’s our secret spot away from the crowds. The water freezes over, and the snow coats the tree branches. Photographers, fire up your cameras for sparkling winter pictures in the snow. Hike round the reservoir for a quiet, peaceful winter walk in nature.
Hilton Falls is as beautiful in winter as it is in the growing seasons. Your family will love seeing the frozen rivers, waterfall, and the reservoir sparkle in the clear winter sun. Bring your camera to catch the play of the sunlight on the icicles and snow. Roast marshmallows at the bonfire right beside the falls and have the kids look for animal tracks in the snow.
The trails this time of year are perfect for winter hiking: grab some bird seed to feed the chickadees at the falls. Children will be delighted when a Chickadee lands on their hand! If you’d like more of a workout, a few of the trails are groomed for cross country skiing or fat biking. You can rent the skis at the Visitor Centre, and rentals are first-come, first-serve. Cross country skiing is weather dependent.
For more information on this event and all the other happenings at Conservation Halton Parks visit www.conservationhalton.ca/events; to find out about recreational programs and services, go to www.haltonparks.ca.