Brampton is offering its residents a Winter Wonderland full of outdoor activities, including new ice rinks, trails, and more. Staying active is essential to our health and well-being and the City is offering many options for residents to enjoy safe, open air activities during the winter months while maintaining physical distancing. Activities will follow public health measures including limited capacity, physical distancing and masking and it is expected that all participants will do their part to follow the required protocols, officials said in a media statement.

Four new ice rinks are are being created at Valleybrook Park (synthetic ice pilot), Earnscliffe Park (artificial ice), Morris Kerbel Park (artificial ice) and Flower City Community Campus (artificial ice) for residents to enjoy this winter. This is in addition to the City’s existing outdoor ice rinks and trails at Gage Park, Gore Meadows Community Centre, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, and Chinguacousy Park. Rinks are expected to open on December 18, weather permitting.

Those using the skating rinks and trails are encouraged to wear a Canadian Standard Association (CSA) certified hockey helmet. Residents are reminded to ensure their skates are sharpened. Double-bladed skates are not permitted.

The City is also introducing a cross-country skiing trail and a snowshoeing trail at Chinguacousy Park for independent use this season. Users are advised to bring their own skiis, snowshoes and safety equipment to access the trail. The trails are expected to open for public use on December 18, weather permitting.

Residents can also get festive and active this winter with the Walking Path Program. Brampton Recreation Staff are offering themed guided walks at the City’s parks on various dates. This is open to people of all ages and programs include a guided Holiday Hike with nature activities. Weather permitting, this program will occur using snowshoes provided by the City. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Residents are also invited to enjoy the various Recreational Trail systems throughout Brampton, which will include enhanced winter maintenance on the Chinguacousy Trail, Don Doan Trail, Esker Lake Trail, Etobicoke Creek Trail, and Fletcher’s Creek Trail.

Families can enjoy the season by joining a host of outdoor drop-in programs including Fort Building and Snow Art. Organized by Brampton’s recreation department, pop-up program dates and locations will be made available at www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland in December.

As part of the City of Brampton’s Community Outdoor Rink program, residents can request their own neighbourhood ice rink! Simply form a committee of at least five residents in your neighbourhood and email [email protected] to submit a request.

If your request is successful upon a conducted site visit, City staff will set up boards for your rink at a designated location in your neighborhood, and your committee will be responsible for flooding, maintaining, supervising, and filling out daily inspection sheets. The City will work closely with your committee to ensure everyone’s safety on the ice.

“It is extremely important to continue to be active and ensure you are getting your daily exercise, especially during this difficult time,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel. During this current 28-day pause, remember that exercise on your own or with people that you already live with is the safest way to participate in these essential activities. I encourage you to check out some of the trails and enjoy the outdoors and remind you to follow Peel Public Health guidelines whenever enjoying Winter Wonderland this year.”

Visit www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland for details about the City’s winter activities.

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