Winter Fun in York Region


While there’s been conflicting information about what the weather is going to be like during this winter season, one thing we know for sure is that there will be snow, it might come later, it might not be that severe, but it’ll come-we know it!

Snow, little snow, or no snow still brings us to some fun things to do in York Region during this season.
Here are some winter activities that’ll work up a sweat while letting you enjoy the cold season:

Outdoor Skating & Activities!

SkatetrailLace up your skates and set out for an enjoyable glide through the 250 metre looped trail’s natural setting at the Richmond Green Skate Trail! The trees surrounding the trail are native to the area and many were transplanted from other areas of the park during the park’s redesign. With the twinkling lights in the trees and music in the air, this is an outdoor winter tradition you’ll want to experience!

Located on the west side of Richmond Green Park behind Tom Graham Arena, the Skate Trail operates seasonally for ice skating from December 1 to March 15, weather permitting. You can also inline skate from April 1 to November 1, weather permitting. Richmond Green Skate Trail is Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with lights for evening skating and heated washroom and changerooms.

Please note that the skate trail is for recreational skating only. Hockey is not permitted.
For further information, please call 905-771-5490.

riverwalkcommonsThe Newmarket Riverwalk Commons Tim Hortons Skating & Water Feature is a free outdoor rink located at 200 Doug Duncan Dr. This space is a free skate during operating hours and is subject to weather conditions. Approximate season is December to March.

Love tubing? Get over to the Georgina ROC for an awesome time going downhill! You can also sign up for snowshoeing with a cup of warm apple cider!

If you lived in York Region through out your elementary school days, you probably ended up at the same place we all did during the winter, the Uplands Golf and Ski Club! Relive your memories and experience fun on the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding will give you thrills and keep the chills away!

Tobogganing is a long-standing Canada tradition, tracing its cultural roots to the Innu and Cree peoples of Northern Canada. In present day, tobogganing has become a fun family activity to pass the long winter months.

York Region abounds with beautiful parks and conservation areas that make for excellent tobogganing when conditions are right.

Here are a few different places to try tobogganing (although there are many more!):

Richmond Hill

  • Hunter’s Point Park and Chapman Park – The hill runs down from Hunter’s Point to Chapman Park


  •  Memorial Park
  • Rupert Park


  •  Milliken Mills Park – Hill is on the west side of the park near the Community Centre
  • Paramount Park


  • Multi-Season Recreation Park (on Civic Centre Rd at Baseline Rd) with a 33m hill!

East Gwillimbury

  • Sharon Hill Park

Small Towns & Villages!

We know we don’t need to keep hitting you over the head with this, but let’s face it, our small towns and villages are second to none. Shopping, dining, romance and family fun are all conveniently located on our main streets! Stroll through Main Street Newmarket and make an appointment at the relaxing and rejuvenating Sanctuary Day Spa. Walk through Unionville and get a taste of the charm and beauty, truly a winter wonderland. Markham Main street has come alive! Gather your friends and make it a night of food and drinks at the many local restaurants. Take a walk through Stouffville and catch a show at 19 on the Park!


Winter is the perfect time to get into the mood, nothing better than warming up next to your sweetheart on a cold day! Experience romance in the region by visiting The Briars Resort and Spa. The Briars’ captivating marriage of traditional country inn warmth with extensive resort facilities provides such a sense of a private retreat that our guests consider us “Another World”, just an hour from Toronto and perfect for every season.

Family friendly fun!

Not only do we have the best summer attractions in our region, we’re in the business of family fun all year round. Get indoors this winter and have a great time with your entire family. The options of fun are endless: If you’re looking for fun and learning, head over to Reptilia and get a taste of how the creepy-crawleys live. Reptilia is a state of the art 25,000 square foot facility complete with large exhibits showcasing hundreds of different reptiles and amphibians. Watch the Cast at work in the nursery, our food preparation area and the venomous workshop! Each day there are a variety of opportunities to interact with animals and learn from the exceptional Cast Members during shows, tours and animal feedings!

With four reptile feedings every day, free live theatre shows or zoo keeper tours and a chance to interact with the reptiles and the Zoo Cast, Reptilia is a destination worth visiting. Reptilia’s zoo is the first of its kind and it adds another destination to Vaughan’s already growing list of attractions.

Enjoy winter indoors or outdoors, we’re here to help!