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Many of our parks hibernate during the winter, but for others, the fun is just beginning!

From Victorian farms to dryland dog sledding, we have some exciting events in November and December!

See a dog sled derby at MacGregor Point Provincial Park

dog sledding on dry land

If you’re looking for excitement, come to the Dryland Sled Dog Derby at MacGregor Point. November 9 and 10, 2019.

Cheer on the runners and learn about their amazing sport! The races start around 9:00 am and end around 3:00 pm.

Lunch will be available for purchase at Friends of MacGregor Point. Come support your friends!

Please leave your pets at home.

Celebrate “Christmas in Presqu’ile”

Christmas in Presqu'ile 2015

Christmas in Presqu’ile takes place in Presqu’ile Provincial Park (near Brighton), and the display and sale is one of the best in Ontario, attracting thousands of people.

The event takes place during the first two weekends of November and the intervening Wednesday (November 2 and 3, November 6 and November 9 and 10, 2019).

Come early. Nearly 150 artists are represented this year, and the Christmas Tea Room (along with its famous rum cake) is back!

Admission is free and includes access to the park, as well as parking. This is a Friends of Presqu’ile fundraising event.

Citizen Science at Pinery Provincial Park

winter birdwatcher in the pinery

If you’re a budding bird watcher, don’t miss the annual Christmas Bird Count at Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron. This year’s date is December 14, 2019.

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North America’s oldest citizen survey has been conducted every December since 1900. Across the continent, thousands of volunteers count every bird they see or hear in a day. The amount of data collected is far greater than what scientists could do alone and is invaluable for preserving species.

The Pinery Christmas Bird Count requires being able to tolerate cold conditions for extended periods as the census is conducted outdoors, beginning before dawn for owls and continuing into the late afternoon. If snowy conditions prevail, snow walking or snowshoeing may be necessary.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Visitor Center (519-243-8574) in advance to learn more about the day, share your level of birding experience, and better understand how you can help with this Citizen Science Program . !

Celebrate Winter at Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Victorian Christmas

family sleigh

A special holiday gift awaits you and your family! Step back in time to the year 1900 to visit a Victorian farm during the Christmas season. Spruce Lane Farm in Bronte Creek Provincial Park will be trimmed and decorated in all its seasonal splendor.

Your Victorian Christmas experience will include traditional Christmas games and activities, designed for all age groups, from toddlers to adults. Craft with daily special crafts where you can see and use historical tools and skills to create your own souvenirs to take home.

Enjoy touring the elegantly decorated Spruce Lane Farmhouse and experience seasonal stories and songs in the hall, learning about Victorian-era Christmas traditions.

The 2019 festival runs December 27-30 and January 3-5, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (weather permitting). More information here.

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PS: Don’t miss the Bronte Creek New Year’s Eve Coyote Howl!

For a complete list of park festivals and activities, see our Events Calendar.