Bronte Creek Provincial Park. A Well-Kept Secret.

If you are lucky enough to live within a 50 km radius of this not-terribly-well-known-gem, put it on your list of things to take advantage of now that the weather is slightly more seasonable (worthy to note however that Bronte Creek Provincial Park Day Use area is open 364 days a year).

Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a lovely, yet massive piece of land situated conveniently between the Oakville and Burlington border, about a 35 minute drive west of downtown TO. There are 2 separate ‘parks’ to Bronte Creek, one for camping, and another completely separate entrance for the ‘day-use’ area. While I cannot attest to the camping side, I hear it is fairly well equipped (perhaps lacking in trees) and a 2 minute drive from a brand new Dennys, an outlet mall and a Starbucks – good enough for me!

The day-use area is very well outfitted for families and individuals no matter what your needs or interests. All of the washrooms are clean with running water, toilets and sinks. And I bet you didn’t know that Bronte Creek is home to one of Canada’s largest outdoor pools at 1.8 acres – get ready because it’s open beginning the last Saturday in June. In the winter they boast a great outdoor skating rink complete with skate rentals and change rooms.

Add to that a disc-golf course, 5 extensive hiking trails, a children’s farm (with live animals of course), the Spruce Lane Farmhouse, and a Big Red Playbarn. Bronte Creek Provincial Park is very pet-friendly and if your pup prefers to run off-leash, there is a great off-leash area, but they can also enjoy all of the hiking trails with you if they are kept on their leashes.

BCPP has 11 picnic shelters available for rent, and a park store that sells Ontario Parks merchandise and any of those little items you may have forgotten to pack for your outing. It really is an all-inclusive setting with something for everyone.

I happy to be lucky enough to live with this majestic beauty virtually in my backyard, so I thought it only fair I share some of our local treasures with everyone. So get out your hiking shoes, swimsuits, sunscreen, snacks and Fido and hit the road – you are a mere 38 kilometres away from basking in a local, natural and tranquil setting, ready to show you Mother Nature’s finest.

Leslie McBride

Full-time working single mom to human kids, full-time slave to furry kids. Advocate of volunteering for the whole family, hater of cooking, lover of cooking shows. Secret dream is to one day pen a book of my very own...

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