Winter Activities to Enjoy in Brampton

For many people, winter is a ho-hum season marked by long and dark weekends spent indoors and earnest wishes for spring.

It doesn't have to be that way.

The city of Brampton recently reminded residents to register for its many winter-specific recreational activities. The list of activities, available in the city's Recreation and Culture Guide, is vast and, dare we say, pretty exciting.

If you're interested in making your kids a little more active this winter, you might be happy to hear that they can give snowshoeing a try. According to the city, the snowshoeing program will teach young participants the basics of the activity, as well as cold weather preparation, equipment maintenance, navigation, winter survival (such as shelter building) and cold weather hiking.

If you're interested in private skating lessons for yourself or a member of your family, you can find a fantastic resource here. Lessons can be taken at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre, Century Gardens Recreation Centre, Gore Meadows Community Centre and other locations.

Speaking of skating, you can enjoy drop-in skates and shinny matches in the city. You can also hit up one of the city's outdoor ice rinks to get a little cold weather exercise and enjoy beautiful scenery. This winter, you can skate at Gage Park and Mount Pleasant and enjoy the scenic Chinguacousy Park Skating Trail.

If you're up for something a little more adventurous, you might be happy to know that you can go skiing in Brampton.

Although most people may not associate Brampton with skiing, the city boasts a quaint skiing/snowboarding destination in Mount Chinguacousy. Located in Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park, the area boasts a ski chalet and a hill that's open from late December through to March (weather permitting, of course).

If you’ve known about the ski and snowboard opportunities for awhile but haven’t taken advantage, remember that an impromptu ski trip might make for a great—and local—date.

Skis and snowboard are available for rent if you do not have your own, but be sure to bring a valid piece of government issued ID to borrow equipment.

Lessons are also available for beginners or people who want to freshen up their skills after a wine (or two) off.

You can find more information about ski and snowboard opportunities here.

So, there you have it—there's no excuse to stay indoors this winter. There's a lot happening just outside your door, making it easy to make the best of the winter season.

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