Cold wind, slushy streets, and falling snow aren’t everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. We don’t want you to get the winter blues this season, so we have gathered a list of 6 activities to get you out of the house and enjoying yourself this chilly season.
For those who enjoy the festive season, we have found the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the holidays. Enjoy the Four Season Dance Academy’s Winter Showcase on December 20th. The talent will leave you feeling full to the brim with awe and amazement, and the beautiful and recently renovated centre itself will whisk you away from the moment you step inside! The winter season promises musical performances by The Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Experience and Abbamania Canada. Plus, the host of Family Feud Canada and star of award-winning sitcom, Gerry Dee!
What is more festive than the effortlessly gliding over ice (or the much less elegant falling on your butt)? You can grab your skates and show off your skating talent at Brockville’s very own Rotary Park Rink. Enjoy some fancy figure skating, a full-on hockey game or sit on the sidelines and watch the skaters dance (or fall) all over the ice. The best part of it all is that it’s free!
Make your way over to Brockville’s very own Aquatarium, the one and only massive aquarium and discovery centre in South Eastern Ontario. There are interactive exhibits and activities for both adults and children! Try out the challenging ropes course, view displays of ships used on the St. Lawrence River, see local fish, and meet some friendly otters!
Community Days in the Aquatarium with the Brockville Farmer’s market. Enjoy free admission to the Aquatarium for three Saturdays in December (Dec 7, 14 & 21) while visiting the market stalls.
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4. Local Hiking Trails
Sometimes the most unique experiences are when you do something unexpected. We recommend trying one of these incredible hiking trails in Brockville during the winter months to create some special memories:
With six kilometres of trails to explore, follow the stunning Brockville waterfront through Canada’s oldest railway tunnel and Blockhouse Island, then continue through picturesque parks as you explore what might be the most beautiful winter tundra.
Located slightly north of Brockville, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area offers a plethora of natural views for you to enjoy. Explore the wetland, field and forest, try out cross country skiing through 11 kilometres of wilderness or take a break and throw on some skates at their skating rink pond and bonfire pit.
Strap on your skis and grab some snacks when you set out for a cross-country skiing adventure at the Triangle Cross Country Ski Club. With trails surrounded by forest created for all levels of skiers, you can rest assured that you will have a blast! Don’t own the right equipment? Not to worry – rentals and lessons are also available through local experts!
If cross-country skiing is not your thing, check out some other options such as ‘fat biking’ (a special type of bike that allows you to ride on snow), or snowshoe through the stunning trail surrounded by the awe-inspiring views of local lakes and creeks.
Find all these attractions and more by taking a walk down Brockville’s Historic Downtown. Drink in the unique history of the City of the 1000 Islands and revel in the rustic atmosphere created by the beautiful architecture of downtown. Make your day complete by visiting one of the numerous local shops, restaurants, and the 1000 Islands Brewery all within walking distance of each other.
Edited & Updated By Rosanne Lake and Lindsay Medeiros