In The Great Waterway, winter is a true wonderland. Embrace this majestic season and take advantage of all the fun things to do like; downhill skiing, tubing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, ATVing, camping and curling.
In the heart of Eastern Ontario and the City of Quinte West, Batawa Ski Hill is a unique place for people and families of any age to enjoy outdoor activities year round. Batawa Ski Hill offers everything from alpine skiing and snowboarding. This outdoor winter gem boasts nine runs; that suit everyone from the novice to the experienced, including a terrain park with assorted rails, boxes, jibs and jumps. After a few hours zooming down the hills, head to the rustic chalet and warm up in front of the the fireplace. Don’t have your own gear? No worries, they’ve got your covered with a full range of ski and snowboard gear. Located at 99 Ski Club Lane, Batawa
Are you up for some adrenalin packed snowmobiling? Turn up your winter fun on one of the many trails in The Great Waterway. Here are just a few to get you started:
K&P Trail: In The Great Waterway you’ll find a world class trails system for snowmobiling just north of Kingston on the K&P Trail. Known for long straight stretches, you’ll feel that you are traveling through a majestic piece of backwoods Canada.
E Trail: Another great trail, affectionately called ‘The Great Waterway Loop’ is the E Trail that begins just north of Napanee and runs to Smiths Falls and Perth before looping back around to Sharbot Lake and eventually back through Stone Mills Township to Yarker and Napanee. You will experience some of the best parts of the Land O’ Lakes Region and beyond as you fly through the Canadian powder. What’s unique about this loop is all the small communities you will discover along the way.
Cataraqui Trail: The Cataraqui Trail is a trunk snowmobile route – an important link in Ontario’s network of snowmobile trails. Snowmobilers using the Cataraqui Trail must have a valid OFSC Snowmobile Trail Permit.
Cornwall: Well-groomed snowmobile trails stretch through stunning landscapes of forests and farmlands in the Cornwall area. You can pick up your District 1 Snowmobile Trail Guide and Nation Valley Trail Guide at the Cornwall and Counties Tourism Office.
1000 Islands Parkway: The picturesque 1000 Islands Parkway provides an excellent opportunity for snowmobilers. Travel the 37- kilometre winter pathway that skirts the shoreline’s coves and bays on the waterfront between Rockport and Brockville. View the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trail guide here www.ofsc.mapbase.ca.
Throughout the region are many scenic trails that are perfect for ATVing. Here are a few of our popular spots:
1000 Islands: Go for an exhilarating outdoor ride with a a guided ATV tour. You’ll see views of nature’s wonderland at its finest. The tour is not a race, but a leisurely drive through woods, plains, and rock formations, along creeks and with wildlife sightings.
The trails are open year round, thus conditions can vary from normal to muddy, to driving in the snow. No experience required.
Napanee & District ATV Club: Join the Napannee & District ATV Club and learn how ATVing can be a fun and safe family outdoor experience. With a variety of trails and amazing rides that take place every year, you’ll love ATVing.
Eastern Ontario Trails: With a network of trails from the Bay of Quinte all the way to Algonquin Park there are endless trails to explore on your ATV. You can even customize your trip with a Stay and Play Package.
This winter, go outside for giggles and fresh air! There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than zooming down a hill on a toboggan. And there’s plenty of pretty cool hills to be found in The Great Waterway:
Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area – Picton: An ideal spot in the winter for tobogganing.
Riverside Park – Belleville: Popular and good for kids.
Fort Henry – Kingston: Located on the northern hill of Fort Henry with ample parking at the top.
Summerhill – Kingston: A popular spot among Queen’s students for sledding, but everyone is welcome. Located at 55 Stuart St, Kingston
Laurier Hill – Brockville: A fun place to sled is Laurier Hill located in Memorial Park.
Long Sault Parkway: The big hill close to the entrance of the Parkway is a popular destination for tobogganing and snowboarding fans.
Lamoureux Park – Cornwall: This hill is located near the old canal on the west side of Lamoureux Park.
Race Street Hill – Cornwall: Another popular spot in Cornwall to go sledding is on the Race Street Hill near the Cornwall Curling Centre.
People may give you a strange look when you tell them you’re going camping … in February. But those people are missing out on the fun of winter camping. There is nothing quite as tranquil as getting out in nature, surrounded by the stillness of winter’s beauty.
Here are some places where you can get into the elements this winter:
Frontenac Provincial Park
Located just north of Sydenham Ontario, Frontenac Provincial Park is open year-round. Call the Park Office ahead of time and discuss with your route/ campsite plan in order to book a reservation. Ski or snowshoe to reach some of the 48 backcountry campsites available year-round. Hiking distances range from 20 minutes to over 3 hours from where you park your vehicle; visitors should be prepared to carry all of their equipment and supplies.
The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary Campground
Located on Morrisons Road in Ingleside, Ontario, just 25 km west of Cornwall, Ontario lies The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary Campground. Over 150 bird species make this their home for at least part of the year, with many staying all year and braving the winter. Campers can visit the parks Thursday through Sunday.
In The Great Waterway curling is a great Canadian winter pastime! Everyone, regardless of age or experience can play this social game where teamwork is essential. So step onto the ice, throw your stone, and see if your team can help you get it to the desired spot. Then when the game is done, it’s tradition to meet up for a beverage.
Here are a few places to try out curling:
The Brockville Country Club: Members and guests are welcomed to partake in the great sport of curling at its King Street West facilities. The Brockville Country Club offers one of the best curling facilities in the region with six sheets of ice. The BCC maintains the most current in curling technology with its Jet Ice, ice cleaning and nipping techniques. The Club also has a full service food and beverage curling lounge overlooking the curling rink. Players and their guests are always welcome to come and watch the curling. Curlers have full access to the Club’s curling lounge, food & bar service and locker room facilities.
The curling season at the Brockville Country Club runs from late in September to early April each year.
Royal Kingston Curling Club: This is the second oldest club in Canada, dating all the way back to 1820. There are 6 sheets of ice, a banquet lounge and bar.
Cataraqui Curling Kingston: Curlers can take advantage of clubhouse amenities with no membership initiation fee. Some of the great features of this club include; full dining service, modern lounge, parties and competitive and recreational levels of play.
The curling season at Cataraqui Curling runs from mid-October to mid-April.
Garrison Golf & Curling Club Kingston: This club consists of several different leagues including a mixed, open and beginners. Casual rentals are always welcome and clinics can be arranged to meet your every curling need.
Quinte Curling Club: Located on the Belleville Fairgrounds, the Quinte Curling Club encourages new members to join as individual or a team. Come out and play on one of the four sheets of ice.
Prince Edward Curling Club in Picton: With leagues available for all ages and skill level and new members encourage to join, the Prince Edward Curling Club is a great place to try out curling. In fact, they will arrange a brief clinic to show you how to play and let you try it out.
The club is available for rentals throughout the year.
Cornwall Curling Centre: The club was built in 2005 and has 6 sheets of ice. Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, this club offers a unique 7 week Learn-to-Curl Program aimed at beginners.