Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bronte Creek Provincial Park - Oakville

Bronte Creek Provincial Park is located near the border between Burlington and Oakville (about an 40 minutes from Toronto).  Unlike most Provincial parks which are built around lakes, Bronte Creek's central feature is one of the largest man-made swimming pools in North America. 

The pool before it opens and is swarmed by people.
 The pool covers 1.8 acres according to the official Provincial Parks webpage.  Now, that means nothing to me, so I googled how big an acre is and discovered that it is almost as big as a football field which means the pool is about the size of two football fields.  Why they don't just measure things in football fields I don't know.  Anyway, the pool is big and shallow all around the edges which is good if you have little kids.  At its deepest, in the middle, it is 6 feet deep (1/60th of a football field).  They do have lifeguards on duty but the pool is big so you will also want to keep an eye on your own kids.

Right near the pool area is a big sand pit that is a lot of fun and can accommodate lots of kids.  There are also picnic tables right near by so you can bring your lunch to enjoy in the park.

Hard at work in the sandpit.
The park also has a play barn with slides, hay to jump in, tire swings etc.

Clinging for dear life to the tire swing in the playbarn.
There is also a barn barn with animals that the kids can pet and look at.

Checking out the baby pigs.
There is also a good playground with all of the usual equipment right near the barn

Hard at work in the playground.
Once in a while a duck or goose wanders by which is a lot of fun for the kids.

Ganging up on a duck.
The park also has a Nature Centre which is small but good.  The bee hive was a big hit with the kids. There is a paved biking/rollerblading (do people still rollerblade?) trail, the namesake creek that is good for fishing (I hear) and hiking trails.  Bronte Creek Provincial Park also has toddler hikes which are guided hikes aimed at the under 5 set which I think is genius. Here's the map for day use visitors.

You can camp in the park or visit for the day.  Here is the site to make reservations for a campsite.  The price for a family to enter the park for the day is around $20 but the pool is extra, so add about another $10 for the pool for a family of 4.  Everything else in the park is free though so it could be worse!

Bronte Creek doesn't have as much natural diversity as a lot of Provincial Parks, which is hardly surprising since it is smack dab in the middle of a suburb but there is plenty to do there for kids for the day and it is not too expensive so it is worth a trip if you are in the area. 

1 comment :

  1. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u.

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