Four new ice rinks, skiing and snowshoeing trails, and more coming to Brampton this winter.
BRAMPTON, ON (November 26, 2020) – 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. 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.
Here is what is in store for Winter Wonderland!
Four new 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
- Flower City Community Campus – artificial ice
Everyone is invited to use our 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. Please ensure your skates are sharpened. Double-bladed skates are not permitted.
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).
Visit www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland to plan your visit and see if a rink is open or closed.
Outdoor Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Trails
The City is 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, please visit www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland.
Walking Paths & Trails
Get festive and active this winter with the Walking Path Program. 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.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Visit www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland in December to view Walking Path locations, dates, and times.
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.
Pop-Up Family Activities
Gather the family and join Brampton Recreation at outdoor drop-in programs for the entire family this winter, including Fort Building and Snow Art. Pop-up program dates and locations will be made available at www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland in December.
Bonus: create your own Community Outdoor Rink
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Reminders for Winter Wonderland
As you attend these outdoor events and visit winter amenities, it is important to remember:
COVID-19 Health and Safety Requirements
The City of Brampton continues to implement safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of the public and City staff. Please visit www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland for up-to-date, detailed COVID-19 safety information.
The City may cancel program dates during the season in the event of extreme or inclement weather. Visit www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland to ensure the amenity or program you would like to attend has not been closed or cancelled due to weather.
Peel Public Health Safety Reminders
The City of Brampton and Peel Public Health remind everyone to stay healthy and safe this winter by wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and maintaining good hygiene.
“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! 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.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton
“Four new ice rinks, new trails and programs, and a ton of fun are coming Brampton’s way as part of Winter Wonderland. We are excited that this is possible for our community this year, and remind residents to stay safe and warm as they enjoy these activities.”
- Rowena Santos, Chair, Community Services; Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5, City of Brampton
“It’s more important now than ever that we make a conscious effort to have fun and stay active while following Peel Public Health guidelines. Be sure to follow the safety measures as you skate, ski and snowshoe into the fun Brampton has to offer this winter.”
- Charmaine Williams, Vice-Chair, Community Services; City Councillor, Wards 7 & 8, City of Brampton
“City staff are dedicated to bringing the fun to our community this winter! With activities available for all ages and abilities, there’s something for everyone during Winter Wonderland. Bundle up, wear a mask, and enjoy.”
- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
“It is extremely important to continue to be active and ensure you are getting your daily exercise, especially during this difficult time. During this current 28-day pause, remember that exercise on your own or with people that you already live with is the safest way to participate in these essential activities. I encourage you to check out some of the trails and enjoy the outdoors and remind you to follow Peel Public Health guidelines whenever enjoying Winter Wonderland this year.”
- Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel