Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
Start 2023 off right with a First Day Walk – a New Year's Day tradition!

Are you ready to start a new tradition for the new year?

We have the secret to start 2023 on the right foot.

Go for a walk!

Two hikers in winter

A first day walk is a fun and healthy way to start the New Year. The concept is simple: on January 1, visit a nearby provincial park for a hike!

You’ll feel great after spending some time outdoors and freezing cold to ring in 2023!

Hiking for health

A first-day walk promotes a year of health and happiness outdoors. Plus, hiking offers health benefits from head to toe.

Hiking graphics.

Hiking is good for cardiovascular health and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

It is also great for toning muscles, especially the quads, glutes, and hamstrings. Add some hills or uneven terrain for an even better cardio workout and more calorie burn.

Hikers on the bridge

Hiking is also good for the mind. Research shows that spending time outdoors can increase your attention span and creative problem-solving skills by up to 50%.

As you walk the trail, you will hear the sounds of nature around you. Nature sounds, such as birds and running water, have been shown to reduce stress levels.

Woman walking in a snowy forest

woman smiling

The first day walks are even endorsed by the doctors themselves. Dr. Melissa Lem is a family physician and Director of Park Prescriptions at the BC Parks Foundation.

“From reducing stress and blood pressure to boosting the immune system and cancer-fighting proteins, there is growing evidence of the health benefits of staying active in nature,” he says.

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“We’re thrilled to help Canadians celebrate the arrival of a new year and encourage them to get outdoors safely and healthily!”

Ring in the new year with a first day walk

Take a self-guided hike with your friends and family, or find a park event near you!

May this mark the beginning of a healthy lifestyle for the entire family!

A park for all seasons.

Winter in Ontario parks is calm, pristine and absolutely beautiful.

Winter trail and bridge

More than 30 provincial parks are open during the winter season and offer a wide range of snow fun, including skiing, skating and snowshoeing.

Interested in spending the night? Stay warm and cozy in one of our heated yurts, cabins or cabins. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK.

Ready to hit the trails?

Start planning your first day hike now. Winter hiking can be fun as long as you plan ahead, be prepared, and dress for the conditions.