Burr, it’s cold outside. But that doesn’t mean you have to go into hibernation. Bundle up the family and rather than endure winter, try to embrace it. We all need to play outside every day, even during the winter months. As many adults will agree … building snowmen, learning to ski or skate and toboggan for the first time is what they remember most fondly about winter as a child. Outdoor winter recreation is just one of the hallmarks of the Canadian lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions on where to go in Burlington to enjoy the great outdoors this winter.
The City of Burlington recently designated six city parks that are safe for tobogganing.
- Brant Hills Park, 2300 Duncaster Dr. – Southwest of the tennis courts
- Central Park, 2299 New St. Hill – Northwest of the Community Garden
- LaSalle Park, 50 North Shore Blvd. – East of the parking lot
- Lowville Park, 6207 Guelph Line – Hill on southwest end of park.
- Nelson Park, 4183 New St. – East side of park, north of Centennial Bike Path
- Tyandaga Golf Course, 1265 Tyandaga Park Dr. – At hole No.3, on the west slope
Please remember that tobogganing is an activity that you do at your own risk. The city is not responsible for any personal injury or damage to your personal items. Here are a few tips that can help keep you safe while tobogganing to maximize the fun quotient of being outdoors.
- Toboggan during daylight hours, not when it is dark.
- Toboggan when the hill is snow covered, not when it is icy or bare.
- Check the hill and make sure it is free of obstacles and toboggan in the designated area.
- Wear a helmet designed for winter sports.
- Use a toboggan that is in good shape and has brakes and steering.
- Avoid wearing scarves or any clothing that could get caught in a toboggan and cause injury.
- Always sit down and face-forward on a toboggan.
- Do not build jumps or other obstacles on the toboggan hill.
- Walk up the side of the hill and leave the middle open for others coming down the hill.
- If you fall off of your toboggan, move out of the way to avoid being hit.
Discovery Landing’s Rotary Centennial Pond in Spencer Smith Park has free recreational skating all season long. If you would like to skate but don’t have skates, skate rentals will be available on Friday nights, weekends and holidays.
Thanks the efforts of neighbourhood volunteers there are 16 City of Burlington parks that offer outdoor skating this winter season. These neighbourhood ice rinks are built in partnership with the City of Burlington where local neighbourhoods groups have come together help build and maintain these rinks for all to enjoy. For listing of all locations and more information on the neighbourhood ice rink program go to burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink
So, embrace the great outdoors and play safe. Burlington parks, playgrounds, backyards, ice rinks are full of family adventure fun! For more ways to play both outdoors and indoors, check out the City of Burlington website burlington.ca/play.
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