Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Bronte Creek Park can be a busy place, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year. The park is rich with history, unusual flora and fauna, dense wilderness, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreation. And with the recent opening of a campground, the park has become even more popular. But despite the hubbub, the park is an oasis to more than five million people in the Greater Toronto area.
Bronte Creek officially opened to the public in 1975. The park itself is 684 hectares (1690 acres) in size, which makes it as large as Central Park in New York City. It is divided by the Creek known as Bronte Creek or 12-Mile Creek. What draws the crowds are the over 10 km of multi-purpose trails, 11 picnic shelters, a turn-of-the-century living history museum (Spruce Lane Farmhouse), a nature centre, 144 electric service campsites, children's playbarn, 1.8 acre pool, an Olympic size skating rink, and a farm.
The Spruce Lane Farmhouse offers educational programs to school groups, as well as a taste of history to visitors, with special events. Spruce Lane Farm house is the focus of the Maple Syrup Festival offered each year in March.
The Children's Farm
The Nature Centre and Children's Farm are open to the public providing plenty of fun and education. The Nature Centre is full of aquariums, terrariums, and information on local reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, insects, and a live observational beehive. Special events have included: Coyote Howl walks, Owl Prowl hikes and more. Next to the Nature Centre is the most popular year round attraction, the Children's Farm. This 150-year-old barn has been transformed into a huge children's loft for playing, climbing, and jumping. Under the play loft you’ll find the home of a variety of barnyard animals such as rabbits, pigs, cows, chickens, roosters, and peacocks. About 40 hectares of fields are sowed and harvested with wheat, oats, soy, and more. There is farm staff on hand to care for, feed, breed, and clean all barnyard animals and their homes.
There are many animal friends for your kids to visit with at the children's farm.
The Recreation Complex is the home of one of the largest outdoor pools in Canada (1.8 acres or .72 ha in size). It holds nearly 2 million gallons (5.8 million litres) of water. The pool is operational from July 1 to Labour Day each year, weather permitting. The Recreation Complex also has an Olympic size outdoor skating rink that is naturally as well as artificially cooled. The rink generally operates from mid-December to the end of February each year. The Recreation complex also offers basketball courts, a rollerblading nature trail, and volleyball and tennis courts.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park features one of the largest Carolinian forests in Canada, as well as a vast diversity of other deciduous and coniferous trees. Wildflowers grow rampant in the park, especially the Provincial flower - the trillium. Small and large Ontario mammals reside in the park including: white tailed deer, red foxes, coyotes, and raccoons. Common birds found in the Park are Blue Jays, Red-tailed Hawks, Pileated Woodpecker, Indigo Buntings and Eastern Bluebirds, Turkey Vultures, and Northern Mockingbirds. As many as 20 species of amphibians and reptiles make their homes in Bronte Creek Provincial Park. In excess 70 species of moths and butterflies and 125 insects have been identified at Bronte Creek, including the rare katydid.
Bronte Creek is a great place to visit for family fun. Have a leisurely nature hike, go camping (available April to October), take a dip in their giant pool (open from June to September), or have a picnic. There are 1000's of picnic tables scattered throughout the day-use area to choose from.
There are 1000's of picnic tables to choose from.
Bronte Creek is located just outside Toronto, between Oakville and Burlington. Admission to the park is as follows. Park Fees per vehicle range from $10.75 to $20. Walk-in fees per person are (Age 6 - 17) - $1.00 and (Age 18 +) - $2.00. Prices subject to change so CLICK HERE for current rates.
For more information, you can call 905-827-6911 for seasonal updates or visit their website at www.brontecreek.org.