Although they may be full of snow, there are still many ways to enjoy Mississauga parks in the wintertime. Bundle up, head outside and try these activities to make the most of the season.
Go Plane Spotting
While Danville Park’s cricket pitch might be closed for the season, another much-loved feature is always available – the Airplane Viewing Platform. From here, you can find the perfect vantage point to enjoy views of planes taking off and landing at Pearson Airport. Whether the skies are blue or blustery, seeing the planes come in always makes for an amazing sight.
Watch for Local Wildlife
Many of Mississauga’s parks border natural areas including woods and rivers. This makes for some wonderful bird and wildlife watching. For some of the best viewing, visit Erindale Park or the Riverwood Park and their trail systems
Work Out the Winter Way
Along with being a peaceful way to enjoy the weather, snowshoeing is an excellent way to stay fit in the winter. While it might be too chilly to try Lake Aquitaine’s outdoor fitness circuit, you can still head to this park for a workout – grab you snowshoes and trek the loop around the lake. Or, for an even more scenic snowshoeing adventure, head to the Meadowvale Conservation Area.
Beat the Springtime Rush
Once the cherry blossoms bloom in May, Kariya Park becomes a popular spot for visitors, but it offers more to see than just the beloved Japanese cherry trees. Take advantage of the downtime to see unobstructed views of the ponds, the pavilion, the Friendship Bell and statues. Since there is a covered pavilion as well as seating, it’s an ideal spot to take a serene break and enjoy some fresh air.
Take a Photography Tour
Mississauga parks are beautiful in the wintertime, with frost-covered branches and sheets of sparkling snow covering the ground – not to mention the historic structures. Head out for a walk to stay warm and capture the beauty of nature at some of the city’s most scenic photography sites. Adamson Estate is a favourite of photographers all year round.
Have Snow Much Fun
Of course, you can’t beat a good old day of sledding, skating and playing in the snow. Mississauga has multiple parks with tobogganing hills and outdoor ice rinks; however, parks without these amenities are still a world of fun in the winter. Looking for a big open space to build a snow fort? You’ve got plenty of choices to choose from. Even the playgrounds are still accessible in the winter if you don’t mind a little frost – just make sure to watch out for icy conditions and avoid the equipment if it’s unsafe.