Come home to Halton this winter!

Looking for some fun family activities within a reasonable driving distance?

Halton Region offers residents and visitors plenty of exciting events and adventures.  Entertain your friends and family right in your own backyard with some unique and lively winter activities surrounded in some of the country’s most breathtaking natural scenery. Halton is an excellent destination for your winter “staycation”!

Here are just some of the great winter activities, adventures and events coming up in Halton this winter:

Burlington

Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust Street, Burlington
Check out their website for a variety of arts, entertainment and events.

Joseph Brant Museum
1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington
LEGO Creation Camp, March 16 – 20

Mount Nemo Conservation Area
5317 Guelph Line, Burlington
Hiking at one the best cliff-edge ecosystems in the province.

Owl

A diverse wildlife population awaits you in Halton Region.

Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Road West, Burlington
See Frogs: A Chorus of Colours until April 12 or the Orchid Society Annual Show from February 28 to March 1.

Skating in the Park
1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
Enjoy skating lakeside on the Rotary Centennial Pond in Spencer Smith Park until March 30, 2015.

Halton Hills

Terra Cotta Conservation Area
14452 Winston Churchill Blvd., Halton Hills
Try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or skating on the pond in 485 acres of unique natural environment.

Winter Hiking

Bring the family to Halton Region for a winter adventure.

Niagara Escarpment
The Niagara Escarpment is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and one of southern Ontario’s most prominent natural features.  It offers nature enthusiasts a variety of winter activities including hiking and cross country skiing.   The Escarpment also includes the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest footpath and is a popular destination for photographers.

Outdoor rinks
Several natural ice rinks in Halton Hills are maintained by Town of Halton Hills staff and various neighbourhood groups throughout the winter.

Milton

Crawford Lake Conservation Area
3115 Conservation Road, Milton
Cross-country skiing, hiking and Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes are just a few of the great winter activities available at Crawford Lake.  Visit a reconstructed Iroquoian Village, learn how maple syrup was discovered and see a sweet water demonstration during Sweet Water Season, from February 28 – April 5, 2015.

Glen Eden
5234 Kelso Road, Milton
Glen Eden offers skiing, a fully-equipped terrain park for snowboarders, snow tubing and lessons for all ages and skill-levels.

Winter Tubing

Tubing at Glen Eden is fun for the entire family!

Halton Region Museum
5181 Kelso Road, Milton
Come and see Flights of Folly: Learning from the Passenger Pigeon.  Exhibit open until March 31, 2015.

Hilton Falls Conservation Area
4985 Campbellville Road, Milton
Go bird watching, cross-country skiing, hiking or visit the 10 metre frozen waterfall in Hilton Falls’ unique 645-hectare landscape.

Mattamy National Cycling Centre – Milton Velodrome
2015 Pan Am Boulevard, Milton
Go to the brand new Milton Velodrome for a unique biking experience during the March break and get a preview of track cycling at this summer’s Pan Am Games.

Mountsberg Conservation Area
2259 Milburough Line, Campbellville
Go to Mountsberg for bird watching, cross-country skiing, hiking and snowshoeing.  Visit the Raptor Centre to see over two dozen birds of prey.

Snowshoeing

Enjoy snowshoeing at Mountsberg Conservation Area.

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
7200 Appleby Line, Milton
A favourite area for local residents, Rattlesnake Point offers cross-country skiing, hiking and year-round camping.

Oakville

Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek
Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville
Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, learn how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages.  The Maple Syrup Festival runs from March 7 – 29, 2015.

Bronte Creek’s Outdoor Skating Rink
Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville
Enjoy day or night ice skating at Bronte until end of February.

RBC Skate in the Square
Towne Square, 146 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville
Take the family for a skate in Oakville’s downtown Towne Square, open until February 28, 2015.

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
130 Navy Street, Oakville
Check out their website for a variety of events: comedy, dance, film, music, theatre and more.

Whether you want to relax, rejuvenate or reflect, Halton Region offers countless seasonal opportunities for residents.  Take the time to discover the beauty of your community and avoid the stresses of long-distance travel.  Come home to Halton this winter!

For more to see and do in the region, visit Halton.ca/tourism.  Our Things to See & Do in Halton Region page offers quick links to our local municipal tourism partners or you can visit the websites for each of our municipalities: Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”