Winterlit

Thursdays – Sundays
December 28, 2022 – February 20, 2023

Enchanted Evenings: December 31, 2022, and February 11 – 12, 2023.

Things move a little slower at Mountsberg in the winter; the city lights are far away, it’s so quiet you can hear the snow crunch beneath your boots, and you can take a breath of relaxation in the cool, crisp air. Winterlit is all about reconnecting with yourself, family, and friends in the beauty of nature. Experience the inspiring winter magic of Mountsberg from beneath a breathtaking display of lights at our award-winning event, Winterlit. Enjoy a moonlit stroll along two different paths featuring sustainably sourced, illuminated, art installations. Get cozy next to the bonfire as you take in the crisp air and the glow of smiling faces of family and friends while reflecting on the serenity natural spaces have brought us throughout the year.

Tickets will go on sale for Conservation Halton Members* on December 1, 2022 and will be released to the public on December 2, 2022.

*Members will receive their ticket links via e-mail.

The wooded trails at Mountsberg are always beautiful in the wintertime but now we have made them more magical than ever! The Winterlit Trail features a unique and stunning lighting experience with inspirational art installations along the trail. Also, the Illuminated Sugarbush Trail has soft overhead lighting to allow for a beautiful evening stroll through the sugarbush. This experience will include soundtracks from local musicians while you enjoy the beauty of Mountsberg in winter. The Winterlit experience will be offered from Thursday to Sunday evenings.

*Please note this is a non-refundable event.

As if Winterlit isn’t dreamy enough, we have selected a few weekends to create an even more memorable evening with your friends, family, or partner. You can enjoy the magic of Winterlit with the following enhancements (more details to come):

  • Winterlit Marketplace with local food and craft vendors
  • Live music from local performing artists
  • Local wine and beer
  • Strolling Fire and Ice performers and more!

This year, Enchanted Evenings will be offer on December 31, 2022 (New Years Eve,) and February 11-12, 2023 (Valentine’s Day Weekend)

*Please note this is a non-refundable event.

Schedule, Fees & Location

Schedule
Winterlit runs from December 28th, 2022 until February 20th, 2023, Thursday through Sunday. Reservations are 2 hours in length.

 

Fees
Winterlit (Standard)
Non-member:
$1 7+HST/Child (age 5-14) or Senior;
$20+HST/Adult; Children 4 and under free

Member:
$14 +HST/Child (age 5-14) or Senior;
$16 +HST/ Adult; Children 4 and under free
Winterlit Enchanted Evenings
(December 31, February 11-12)
Non-member:
$23 +HST/Child (age 5-14) or Senior;
$28 +HST/Adult; Children 4 and under free

Member:
$18 +HST/Child (age 5-14) or Senior;
$23 +HST/ Adult; Children 4 and under free

What is different on Winterlit Enchanted Evenings?
Winterlit Enchanted Evenings are offered in celebration of New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day weekend. These evenings feature live performers and musicians as well as the licensed Winterlit Ice Bar, in addition to our regular Winterlit trails and programming.

 

Location
Winterlit takes place at Mountsberg Conservation Area
2259 Milburough Line
Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

 

Reservation Questions, Changes, & Cancellation
How do I make a reservation/get tickets?

Click here and then simply reserve your visit, just as you would reserve your hike time for any of our parks. You will receive a record of your reservation via email, please bring this email with you for check-in. We will also be able to retrieve your reservation via your license plate number.
Can I change my booking date or time?
No, Winterlit is a rain/snow or “shine” event.
Can I book multiple vehicles/families under the same reservation?
No, please book only one vehicle/household per reservation. License plate numbers are used to grant access to the park.
Are dogs allowed at Winterlit?
Yes, dogs are welcome to attend Winterlit! As always at our parks, they must be kept on a 2m leash. Dogs are not permitted in the farm animal barn for the safety of the animals.

 

How long is the Winterlit Trail?
There are approximately 2km of illuminated trails at Winterlit.

 

Can I add-on to my experience at Winterlit?
Yes, you can add the following additional experiences to your evening (spaces limited)

 

Cookie Baking
Looking to add a little extra sweetness and hands-on fun to your Winterlit experience? Join us in the Discovery Centre to bake up a batch of cookies to take home or eat around the fire. Perfect for families, the young at heart, or anyone with a sweet tooth. Our cookie dough is from Terra Cotta Cookie and is nut free. $12.00 for 6 cookies

 

Guided Owl Prowls
Offered Jan 6&7, Jan 13&14, Feb 3&4 at 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm
Did you know that winter is Owl Season? Extend your hike by join Mountsberg’s knowledgeable Raptor Centre staff for a meet and greet with one of the park’s live owl ambassadors and then head out for a night hike to see who’s hooting! We’ll take you out into some of the unlit areas of the park for a wintery adventure! $6.50 per person, experience is 45 minutes in length.

 

Do I need to bring a receipt with me to Winterlit?
Yes, please bring your reservation email with you on your phone. There is no need to bring a printed copy. Your reservation will be validated at check-in.
Do I have to arrive at the start of my reservation time?
Your reservation start time will be stated on your e-ticket. It is important to arrive on time for your reservation to ensure a quality experience and sufficient parking for all guests.
Can I just show up without a reservation?
No, pre-booked tickets are required to ensure we can provide a quality experience for all our guests.

Will Conservation Halton ever cancel Winterlit?
Sometimes cancellations occur due to extreme weather. We will email guests as soon as possible if they will be impacted by a closure. We will also keep our social media platforms updated. Follow Conservation Halton on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

Logistics—parking, check-in, start times & clothing

Parking
Parking is included in your reservation fee. Parking is located in the main parking lot outside of the Discovery Centre.
Check-in & start times
You will check in with an attendant at the Mountsberg gate house upon arrival. The attendant will check your reservation matches vehicle occupancy, provide you with a map of the grounds and answer questions about your visit. Please arrive at the start of your reservation time to avoid disappointment or overcrowding.
Clothing
Please dress appropriately for the weather, Winterlit is entirely outdoors. Warm, sturdy footwear and fredding in layers is strongly recommended.

Accessibility

Strollers & Wheelchairs
Both the Illuminated Sugar Bush Trail (1km) and Winterlit Trail (600m) are wide and hard packed. Both trails are unpaved with some uneven sections and slight incline/declines. Access to the Illuminated Sugar Bush Trail takes guests across a train crossing that has some uneven sections. Although the trails will be plowed, fresh snow or ice impacts trail conditions and may make travel difficult for strollers or people with mobility challenges. Please contact us for more information about accessibility – we are happy to help! – visitorservices@hrca.on.ca.
Washrooms
Indoor washrooms including an accessible/family washroom are available in the Discovery Centre located beside the parking lot. Washrooms, including wheelchair-accessible stalls and change tables are also available in the Sugar Bush. Some locations may have lips at doorways that require assistance for wheelchair users or strollers.
Individuals with Special Needs
We want all our patrons to experience the magic of winter at night! If you or a group member requires accommodation to be able to participate please contact us at visitorservices@hrca.on.ca to discuss options available.

Not only is Winterlit an enchanting experience for our community, but it is also based on the concept of providing a sustainable event. It is a privilege to be caretakers of Conservation Halton Parks so we can all enjoy them for generations to come. As in everything we do, #ConservationMatters on the Winterlit Trail! Materials selected for the trail are recycled, upcycled, and energy-efficient, and created with love by our Conservation Halton team. Here are just a few ways we’ve implemented sustainable practices at Winterlit:

  • All lighting is LED for the lowest energy footprint

  • We use electric battery packs rather than gas generators to bring lights to the remote parts of the trail

  • Most of the wood elements on the trail are created from ash trees that had to be removed from our parks due to the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect

  • The remaining elements have been created out of recycled or upcycled products by our talented staff

  • We re-use the plastic in our signage over and over: a simple heat gun removes the old sign and the plastic is ready for re-use

Thank you for joining us for Winterlit! Your support shows that #ConservationMatters to you!

“Loved how they used eco-friendly materials for their art installations!”

“This was an EXCELLENT experience. I cannot say enough positive things about it. We hope this will be an annual thing – we would go again in a quick heartbeat!”

“It was a beautiful distraction from our world right now and a wonderful way for our family to begin the new year! We enjoyed it so much, the lights and trails were beautiful. A perfect way to spend the evening!”

“It was our family’s favourite outdoor winter activity to date – beautifully done and we can’t wait to visit again next winter!”

“It’s magical and just what we needed. It was the first evening event we had done in months, and we all came home feeling enchanted.”

“It was such a joyous evening wander. I spent the next day with a glow in my heart. It was an enchanting evening.”