Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is conveniently located between Oakville and Burlington just north of the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEW). Established in 1974, it boasts over 10 km of walking trails, 144 campsites, an outdoor swimming pool, children's farm and play barn, nature centre, 1900s living history museum, and 11 picnic shelters and picnic areas. In the winter, you can ice skate on the Olympic-sized outdoor surface or toboggan down any number of slopes.
The Park protects 684 hectares. The Bronte Creek Valley is the least disturbed and most continuous river valley system to occur on the southward sloping shale plains north of Lake Ontario.
The trails and facilities are nestled in natural landscapes and complimentary Carolinian/ transition forests and fields. It is fast becoming an island of green in an urban setting... a real treasure.
People enjoy Bronte Creek Provincial Park all year! Various outdoor recreational activities and learning opportunities abound! Camping, hiking, fishing, biking, dog walking, kite flying, picnicking, swimming, skating, skiing, and tobogganing. Then there are the special events and family education programs: Maple Syrup, Ghost Walks, Homestead Christmas, and Learn to Camp.
The facilities are barrier-free, including trails and campsites. They offer discounts to seniors, and disabled persons. Transit and taxi can access the facility and anyone who walks or bikes-in is no charge. They offer a Learn to Camp Program, which specializes in guiding new Canadians and those new to camping on how to camp the right way.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a Great Public Space because it is conveniently located and easily accessible to over 3 million people. It’s a vital tourism attraction for visitors travelling between Ottawa and Niagara. Known for spring trilliums and fall colours. It’s open year round, and educates visitors about the early farming heritage of southern Ontario.
The park offers exceptional recreation opportunities while protecting over 15 rare, threatened, and endangered species. 250 acres of the park are dedicated to the restoration of Tall Grass Prairie species.
It’s a great place to go Camping (RV, Tent, Yurt). Only minutes from home or the nearest Canadian Tire or Tim Hortons. You feel like you have gotten away without having to drive for hours.
Tourism Burlington and the town of Oakville promote the location and its program, encouraging out-of-towners and local residents to stay and visit. The Halton Bluebird Club helps protect the Eastern Bluebird Habitat in the area by setting up and monitoring nesting boxes. The park is one of the best places in the area to see an Eastern Bluebird. Friends of Bronte Creek Park is a not-for-profit organization assisting with various projects and educational opportunities in the park. The Halton Multicultural Council and the Toronto Triumph Club - British Car Show are also supporters of the park.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is important to our local community and Ontario because it offers exceptional recreational opportunities in a safe environment. It services the GTA and the Golden Horseshoe region – many visitors use Bronte Creek as the Gateway to Ontario Parks. They learn the skills here before they venture further away from home.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park protects and showcases early farming heritage, farm animals and Southern Ontario wildlife. School groups and family groups learn about the importance of honeybees, snakes, turtles, trees, grasses, and wildflowers when they visit the park.
The provincial park planners designed the park from farmers’ fields and wood lots in the early 1970s, choosing which farm buildings were best representatives, and where to regenerate some natural vegetation. The park operates via a management plan that outlines different zones (Heritage, Development, and Natural environment and valley nature reserve). This dictates what activities and development can take place in each zone. The original planners did a great job utilizing the landscape while protecting certain areas. No development has taken place in the valley for protection reasons and the wood lots have been left undisturbed for the local wildlife habitat.
Currently the park adheres to the management zone requirements as well as environmental assessments (EA) before doing any building or regeneration projects.