Winter wonderland

Get out there and stay active this winter with an Ontario Parks Winter Vehicle Permit. Available for $75.22, the permit allows unlimited daily entry to all Ontario Provincial Parks until March 31. Throughout the winter season 26 Provincial Parks remain open ranging from day use to overnight camping, with 19 of those offering cross-country ski trails. Skiing, snowshoeing or in some cases, skating your way through the varied parks the region has to offer is a peaceful way to enjoy the outdoors as the crowds dwindle in the winter months giving you a chance to see another side of the parks we enjoy in the warmer months or to discover a new park altogether. As well as exploring on your own, planned events include ski loppets and snowshoe races that begin with the Muskoka Loppet at Arrowhead Provincial Park on January 24 while one of Ontario's largest loppets is held at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on March 5. Other events range from Winter Wilderness Skills Training courses running throughout January and into February at Frontenac Provincial Park to Winter in the Winter in the Wild at Algonquin Provincial Park on February 13 and the Cross Quetico Lakes Tour at Quetico Provincial Park on March 19. Go online to see what other adventures await you this winter in the great outdoors.