Experience Winter

For months we have relied on the outdoors to enable us to gather with others in relative safety. Quality open spaces, trails and parks made the COVID experience more tolerable.

With COVID-19 limiting indoor activities this season, now is a better time than ever to brave the elements and get outside for some exercise! Since our temperatures are variable, the City has planned for winter activities and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with, and without, snow.

So bundle up and experience your City in winter! Make sure you maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) physical distance from those outside your group of up to five (5) family members, and wear a mask when physical distancing isn't possible.

Use our interactive illustration to find a winter wonderland near you. And check out the Ten Best Reasons to get Outside this Winter.

**All outdoor winter activities are weather permitting.**

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Artwork done by The Charming Place Art by Shelley Szczucki.

Winter Fun

Winter fun and opportunities for exercise await you at Niagara Falls outdoor amenities! Check out our interactive illustration or click the drop down menu for locations. 

**All outdoor winter activities are weather permitting.**

  • ❄️ Natural Outdoor Skating Rinks
    Someone skating on an ice rink

    Natural outdoor skating rinks are available at seven parks across the City, weather permitting. Call the Outdoor Rink Hotline at 905-356-7521 ext. 3399 for information on rink status.  Please ensure you have read the Outdoor Skating Rink Rules before going and follow the provincial protocols. 

    The City of Niagara Falls also has a Neighbourhood Outdoor Rink Program encouraging groups of volunteers to build rinks in additional local parks. If you are interested, please call Recreation and Culture at 905-356-7521 Ext. 3330 for more information.

    Be safe and follow rules for use of our outdoor rinks. Check out the listing of Outdoor Skating rinks in Niagara Falls!

  • ❄️ Trails
    Person walking on a trail in snowshoes

    All 33 kilometers of City of Niagara Falls trails will be open this winter. Maintained trails (plowed) are great for wintery walks and winter cycling. Unmaintained trails are available for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, weather permitting. Try something new!

    Maintained Trails

    These trails are plowed as needed in winter. Suggested activities walking, running, and cycling

    Trail NameAccess Location(s) and Parking Lots (if available)

    Fernwood Park Trail

    Hendershot Boulevard - On street parking

    Firemens' Park

    2275 Dorchester Road - Parking lot

    Garner Recreational Trail - Garner Neighbourhood

    Access at McGarry Drive or Forestview Boulevard Includes Deerfield Park Pathway

    Gary Hendershot Memorial Trail

    Cuviello Court On-street parking

    Haulage Road Trail

    St. Paul Avenue Parking lot

    Millennium Recreational Trail - John McCall MacBain Pathway

    Oakwood Drive parking lot

    Millennium Recreational Trail - Niagara Falls Lions Legacy Pathway

    Stanley Avenue Parking lot

    Millennium Recreational Trail - Paisley Janvary - Pool Pathway

    Portage Road parking lot

    Millennium Recreational Trail - Rotary Storywalk Pathway

    Petit Avenue on street parking at Carolynn Park

    Millennium Recreational Trail (Canada 150 Pathway)

    Royal Manor Drive- On street parking

    Olympic Torch Run Legacy Trail

    Queen Street - On street parking

    Warren Woods Recreational Trail

    Mulberry Drive - On street parking

    Niagara Parks

    Niagara River Parkway trail

    Fort Erie to Niagara on the Lake

    Unmaintained Trails

    These trails are not plowed in winter. Suggested activities include winter hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, weather permitting

    Trail NameAccess Location(s) and Parking Lots (if available)

    Chippawa West Storm Water Pathway

    Tallgrass Avenue - On street parking

    Edgewood Woodlot Park Pathway (Garner Recreational Trail)

    St. Michael Avenue - On street parking

    George Bukator Trail

    Parking lots closed

    Hunter's Creek Trail

    Mann Street - On street parking

    Laura Secord Commemorative Trail (Part of the Bruce Trail)

    Dorchester Road parking lot or Mewburn Road On-street parking

    NS&T Trail I - III

     Various

    Heartland Forest

    Trails

    8215 Heartland Forest Road
    View COVID-19 protocols at www.heartlandforest.org

  • ❄️ Indoor/Outdoor Walking Tracks
    Walking Track

    Indoor walking tracks at MacBain Community Centre and Gale Centre are currently closed. For more information, visit the MacBain Centre and Gale Centre pages.

    The outdoor track at Oakes Park will be open as weather permits.

    LocationTypeAddressNotes

    Gale Centre Pad #1

    Indoor Walking track

    5152 Thorold Stone Road

    Advance reservations required - when open.

    Oakes Park

    Outdoor Walking track

    5700 Morrison Street

    Open 6:00am to 9:00pm, when the weather is cooperative, and the track is not under snow.

    MacBain Community Centre

    Indoor Walking track

    7150 Montrose Road

    Advance reservations required - when open.

  • ❄️ Road Hockey Play Surfaces
    Kids playing hockey

    During the Provincial Emergency Order, organized game play is not permitted. 

    The following parks have built-in hockey nets and lines for ball hockey games, enjoy - weather permitting. No need to yell Car!  Please ensure you've read the Outdoor Ball Hockey Rink Rules before going.

    LocationAccess

    AJ McKinley Park

    Crysler Avenue - On street parking

    FJ Miller Park

    Valient Street - On street parking

    Gale Centre

    5152 Thorold Stone Rd - Parking lot

    Glengate Park

    Pettit Avenue - On street parking

    J.N. Allan Park

    Kalar Road - Parking lot

    Ontario Park

    Ontario Avenue - On street parking

    Riverview Park

    Sarah Street - Parking lot (line paint only - no nets)

    Theresa Park

    Gail Avenue - On street parking

  • ❄️ Tobogganing
    People on a toboggan

    Tobogganing is the quintessential winter experience in Canada, a beloved family pastime for generations. Enjoy a safe tobogganing experience, by following these Tobogganing safety rules.

    ParkNotes

    Firemens' Park

    For all users

    F.H. Leslie Park Valley Way

    For small children only

  • ❄️ Off Leash Dog Parks
    Dog rolling around in the snow

    Open all season. Dog park internal paths will be maintained for our two and four legged friends.

    NameLocationNotes

    Niagara Falls Dog Park

    Firemen's Park (2275 Dorchester Road at Mountain Road)

    Parking available

    Paths maintained

    Niagara Falls Bark Park

    Niagara Falls Humane Society (6025 Chippawa Parkway, near Stanley Avenue) not shown on map

    Parking Available

    Paths maintained

  • ❄️ Walking Tours
    People walking with a dog

    Walking Tour of The Battle of Lundy's Lane - Follow this trail to experience the American advance and the British defense on the Lundy's Lane Battlefield. Stops at key locations will help you understand what occurred here on July 25, 1814.

    Poetry Walking Tour of Niagara Falls - Each point of interest along this walk includes a poem, some facts about the area and images.

Park playgrounds at 55 locations will be open all winter long! And snow is a great vehicle for creative play for kids! Use your local park and make snow angels, snow forts, snow people, or whatever else they can imagine!

Outdoor fitness equipment will remain open, and tennis nets will remain up at John N. Allan and Chippawa Lions Parks for winter tennis.

Outdoor COVID Precautions

If you're looking for things to do this winter, outdoors is better than indoors! If you choose to participate in outdoor activities:

  • stay home if you are feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms, or if you are in quarantine or self-isolating
  • keep two metres of physical distance from anyone you don't live with
  • wear a face covering if physical distancing cannot be maintained, or where one is required
  • avoid high-touch surfaces and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer
  • taking part with members of your own household is best

Check with Niagara Region Public Health for any additional information, restrictions or health measures you should follow.

Availability and access to amenities may change with any new COVID restrictions that the Province of Ontario puts in place.