Winter Activities in Hamilton

    Winter in Hamilton: There's snow place like home

    Given the current COVID-19 situation in Hamilton, the City of Hamilton and Public Health officials are continuing to remind residents to avoid unnecessary trips outside the home and limit close contact with those outside their immediate household.

    However, the mental health impacts of isolation can be serious, and outdoor activities are good for both physical and mental health. The risk of transmission is lower outside as long as precautions like physical distancing and proper hand hygiene are followed. The safest option is to choose activities that can be done with those who you live with.

    Tips for participating in winter activities safely:

    • Enjoy these activities with those you live with. 
    • Keep a 2 metre (6 foot) distance from those you do not live with.
    • Choose less popular locations if using public spaces for activities.
    • If spaces are crowded, come back later or choose a different activity/location.
    • Wear a face covering/mask when indoors or when physical distancing is not possible outdoors.
    • Carpool only with those you live with.
    • Avoid sharing food or drinks.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, especially after touching rental equipment, commonly touched surfaces, and before/after eating.
    • Remember the usual winter activity safety tips such as wearing helmets, dressing warmly, etc.

    Participating in Winter Activities

     

    This year, the City of Hamilton is offering an increased variety of outdoor activities for residents to safely enjoy throughout the winter season.

    Outdoor Skating


    Outdoor skating rinks will be open for public skating beginning Saturday, December 19.

    City Rinks:

    Winter is here and drop in skating is back. City ice rinks have extended hours of operation and are staffed between 8 am and 11 pm daily. Staff are on site at City operated outdoor rinks to maintain the ice and monitor COVID-19 safety measures.

    Closures

    Due to weather and ice conditions, City outdoor rinks are closed Sunday, February 28 and Monday, March 1. Conditions will be reevaluated Monday, March 1.

    • Bernie Morelli - Serafini Family Ice Pad
    • Dundas Driving Park Outdoor Rink
    • Freelton Outdoor Rink
    • Waterdown Ice Loop

    ​Reservations for City ice rinks are required. Make a reservation here: https://www.hamilton.ca/dropin

    Note: Reservations will be restricted to City of Hamilton residents.

    Community Rinks:

    Community rinks are operated by volunteers (weather permitting).

    • Ancaster Heights
    • Austin Park
    • Berrisfield Park
    • Bobby Kerr Park
    • Bruce Park
    • Buchanan Park
    • Captain Cornelius Park
    • Carpenter Park
    • Churchill Park
    • Colquhoun Park
    • Eastmount Park
    • Eleanor Park
    • Father Sean O'Sullivan Memorial Park
    • Fay Park
    • Gage Park
    • Gilkson
    • Glanbrook Hills
    • Golf Links Park
    • Gourley Park
    • HAAA
    • Hampton Park
    • Harmony Hall
    • Homebrook Park
    • Kennedy East Park
    • Lisgar Park
    • Little John Park
    • Macassa Park
    • Mapleside (Radial Park)
    • Millgrove
    • Mohawk Meadows
    • Moorland Park
    • Mount Lions Park
    • Optimist Park
    • Pinecrest Park
    • Rosebough Park
    • Scenic Woods Park
    • Templemead Park
    • Trenholme Park
    • Veterans Park
    • Victoria Park
    • Witherspoon Park

    Volunteers interested in operating a community rink can email [email protected] to apply to operate.

    Other Outdoor Skating:

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    • Wear a mask while at Outdoor skating rinks (City rinks and community rinks), City playgrounds and play structures, City tobogganing hills, and escarpment stairs
    • Residents are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering in any situation where it is not possible to maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance (such as walking on narrow trails).
    • Limit to 25 skaters at a time (some rinks have lower limits based on their size)
    • Skaters and spectators are required to maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance from others outside their household
    • Changerooms are closed.
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, stay isolated at home and get tested for COVID-19.
    • If it’s crowded, come back later or choose a different activity/location.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, especially after touching rental equipment, commonly touched surfaces, and before/after eating.
    • Remember the usual winter activity safety tips

    Frosty Fun Activities


    Outdoor winter activities and virtual programs are being offered by Recreation staff.

    • Take Home Kits
    • Self-Directed Activities
      • Story Walks
      • Winter Disc Golf
      • Snow Shoe Lending (snow dependent)
      • Nordic Pole Lending
    • Virtual programs

    To participate and for more details, visit www.hamilton.ca/frostyfun

    COVID 19 Safety Measures:

    • Residents are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering in any situation where it is not possible to maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance (such as walking on narrow trails).
    • Maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance from others outside your household.
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, stay isolated at home and get tested for COVID-19.
    • If it’s crowded, come back later or choose a different activity/location.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, especially after touching rental equipment, commonly touched surfaces, and before/after eating.
    • Remember the usual winter activity safety tips.

    Tobogganing


    There are five permitted tobogganing hills in Hamilton. 

    • Chedoke Golf Course - Beddoe Course
    • Dundas Driving Park
    • Garth and Stonechurch Reservoir
    • King’s Forest Golf Course
    • Waterdown Memorial Park

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    • Wear your face mask.
    • Tobogganers and spectators are required to maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance from others outside their household.
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, stay isolated at home and get tested for COVID-19.
    • If it’s crowded, come back later or choose a different activity/location.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, especially after touching rental equipment, commonly touched surfaces, and before/after eating.
    • Remember the usual winter activity safety tips

    Time on the Trails


    There are hundreds of kilometres of trails that are maintained during the winter in Hamilton. Whether you’re walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or getting around some other way, these trails are a great place to get some winter exercise!

    City Trails:

    The City maintains 12 trails during the winter season:

    • Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
    • Keddy Access Trail (Claremont Access)
    • Waterfront Trail (Hamilton Harbour)
    • Pipeline Trail (Edgemont Street North to Strathearne Ave. North)
    • Hamilton Brantford Rail Trail (Ewin Road to Studholm Road)
    • Escarpment Rail Trail (Wentworth Street South to Corktown Park)
    • Cootes Drive Trail (between Sanders Boulevard (Hamilton) and Dundas/Thorpe Street (Dundas))
    • Mountain Brow Trail – Upper Wentworth Stairs to Mohawk Road across from Mohawk Sports Park, Park Corridor Trail, (T.B. McQuesten Park to Upper Ottawa Street)
    • Limeridge Trail/North Linc Pathway (Upper Wentworth Street to Limeridge Road East)
    • Glenside Trail (beside Chedoke Golf Course) • Valley Inn Trail (bridge currently closed)
    • Waterdown Wetland Trail (starting in Joe Sams Park)

    Other Trails:

    Hiking Blogs:

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    • Residents are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering in any situation where it is not possible to maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance (such as walking on narrow trails).
    • Maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance from others outside your household
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, stay isolated at home and get tested for COVID-19.
    • If it’s crowded, come back later or choose a different activity/location.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, especially after touching rental equipment, commonly touched surfaces, and before/after eating.
    • Remember the usual winter activity safety tips

    Municipal Golf Courses


    King’s Forest Golf Course

    • Walk, cross-country ski or snowshoe on the new 2.7km marked and maintained path
    • Use the fields for walking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or other winter exercise activities

    Chedoke Golf Course

    • Use the fields for walking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or other winter exercise activities

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    • Residents are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering in any situation where it is not possible to maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance (such as walking on narrow trails). 
    • Maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance from others outside your household
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, stay isolated at home and get tested for COVID-19.
    • If it’s crowded, come back later or choose a different activity/location.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, especially after touching rental equipment, commonly touched surfaces, and before/after eating.
    • Remember the usual winter activity safety tips

    Play at the Park


    There are 502 park locations in the City of Hamilton, and all will remain open through the winter! Find a park near you with ParkFinder!

    • 254 parks receive varying amounts of winter maintenance, with enhanced path clearing
    • 288 parks have playground equipment
    • 15 parks have QR fitness trails 
    • 13 dog parks

    Enjoy a winter picnic, spend some time at the play structure or just run around in the snow!

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    • Wear your face mask.
    • Maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance from others outside your household
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, stay isolated at home and get tested for COVID-19.
    • If it’s crowded, come back later or choose a different activity/location.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, especially after touching rental equipment, commonly touched surfaces, and before/after eating.
    • Remember the usual winter activity safety tips

    Escarpment Stairs


    There are five sets of stairs that connect the lower city with the mountain. Although the stairs aren’t maintained in the winter, they are made of metal grates and are often quite beautiful during the winter season.

    • Chedoke Stairs (289 steps)
    • Dundurn (326 steps)
    • James St Stairs (227 steps)
    • Wentworth Stairs (498 steps)
    • Kenilworth Stairs (228 steps) 

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    • Wear your face mask.
    • Maintain 2m or 6ft of physical distance from others outside your household
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, stay isolated at home and get tested for COVID-19.
    • If it’s crowded, come back later or choose a different activity/location.
    • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, especially after touching rental equipment, commonly touched surfaces, and before/after eating.
    • Remember the usual winter activity safety tips

    Other activities to enjoy outdoors this winter:

    • Building a snowman
    • Hiking or snowshoeing
    • Building a snow fort
    • Scavenger hunts
    • Having a snow sculpture competition or building snow castles with sand pails
    • Tobogganing or tubing
    • Ice skating, cross-country or downhill skiing
    • Ice fishing
    • Playing soccer in the snow
    • Making snow angels
    • Creating a snow maze
    • Having a backyard winter Olympics competition
    • Snow painting

    Consider your own risk factors before participating in any activity. For older adults or those with chronic medical conditions, the best decision may be to focus on individual activities, such as walking.

    Hamilton Winterfest 2021

    Winterfest is a flurry of activities all around us from January 29th to February 15th

    Be swept away by the wonders of Winter with over 50 events happening virtually created by our talented community. Catch a live stream concert, take part in the annual Frost Bites festival, listen in for author readings with Hamilton Public Library or visit the Winterfest 360 hub virtual tour with pop-up art installations and projection art. With tons of online programming to offer, Winterfest is bringing the festival home to you.

    Winter Golf at Chedoke - Martin Course

    The golf courses in Hamilton are open for the use of maintained trails and open fields.

    COVID-19 News & Updates

    Outdoor activities are good for both physical and mental health. The safest option is to choose activities that can be done with those who you live with.