Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
Frozen berries on a branch.

Just because the snowflakes are flying doesn’t mean you have to wait until spring to explore our parks again!

These southeastern parks offer many wonderful winter activities close to home.

Darlington Provincial Park

45 minutes from Toronto, 15 minutes from Oshawa

person on the beach

Darlington is open all year round for your winter adventures! Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy a wonderful experience close to home.

Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Just over 1 hour from Toronto

Snow covered pier over water

Open year-round for day use, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy the tranquility of Sibbald Point. Lake Simcoe offers excellent ice fishing for perch and whitefish.

Frontenac Provincial Park

45 minutes from Kingston, 2 hours from Ottawa

tent in the forest

Camp overnight in the Frontenac countryside or stay for the day! This park offers an 8km round-trip cross-country ski trail and many rougher trails that offer more of a challenge for experienced skiers. For those who prefer snowshoes, rentals are available.

Murphy’s Point Provincial Park

1.25 hours from Kingston or Ottawa

person skiing

There are twenty-one kilometers of trails available for skiing at Murphys Point, including 7 km for skate-ski, 14 km for classic skiing, and an additional 8 km for backcountry skiing.

Two warming shelters will keep you comfortable on the coldest days. Main Chalet is open daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm and restrooms are located in the two winter parking lots (main and Lally).

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Silent Lake Provincial Park

2.5 hours from Toronto, 3 hours from Ottawa


Silent Lake offers over 25 miles of cross-country trails and plenty of snowshoeing opportunities. You can also rent snowshoes!

Great for families, each trail is color-coded for easy recognition. A warming shelter is available to rest and recharge. Book a winter campsite for a multi-day winter adventure – seven electric campsites are regularly cleaned and can be reserved online.

Voyageur Provincial Park

Just over an hour from Ottawa and Montreal

Two skis on prepared slope

Voyageur maintains 10 km of groomed cross-country ski trails. Distributed in 3 km, 7 km and 10 km circuits, these trails are ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers.

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

2.5 hours from Toronto, 1 hour from Peterborough

snow covered ground with bushes

Try winter camping at our second largest park in Southern Ontario! Backcountry camping is available year-round if you want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature.

Peninsula Provincial Park

2 hours from Toronto, 1.5 hours from Kingston


Open year-round for day use, Presqu’ile offers 12 km of trails. Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy everything this unique park has to offer.

Don’t forget to visit in March to see why Presqu’ile is recognized as one of the top places for bird watching in Ontario!

Explore your favorite park in a whole new season

Before you head out, visit our Winter Safety page for tips and tricks to stay safe in the snow.

To help ensure day-use access, our visitors can now plan their trips to Darlington, Frontenac, Murphys Point, Sibbald Point, Presqu’ile and Voyageur in advance by obtaining a daily vehicle permit in advance of their trip.

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Reservations can be made online.

For more information, including how seasonal permit holders can take advantage of this opportunity, visit our website.