Don’t let the winter blues get you down… Enjoy one of the many winter activities Cornwall has to offer. Load up the car and get out and experience Winter at it’s finest.  Skate on the outdoor rinks, explore the trails by snowshoe, cross country skis or snowmobile or have some fun on one of the taboggan or ski hills.  The cold won’t slow the fish down so why not check out some of the world class ice fishing the area has to offer.  If the cold weather is not your thing enjoy one of the many indoor activities such as catching a hockey game or enjoying the hot tub at the Aquatic Centre.

  • Public skating is available at select times at the Benson Centre or at various outdoor rinks.

    Outdoor rinks are located in the following parks:
    Alexander Park – Ninth and Adolphus Streets
    Dover Heights Park – Dover Road and Robertson Avenue
    Grant Park – Kennedy Drive and Grant Avenue
    King George Park – Seventh and York Streets
    Mattice Park – Edward Street
    Memorial Park – Bedford Street and Third Street
    Menard Park – Concorde Avenue
    Optimist Park – Sunnyside Avenue and St. Michel Avenue
    Reg Campbell Park – Leitch Drive and Fraser Avenue
    Terry Fox Park – Mercier Avenue and Ross Avenue

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  • Enjoy a beautiful winter day on one of the many groomed snowshoe trails at the Summerstown Trails, Guindon Park, Gray’s Creek Conservation Area or the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

    Snowshoe rentals are available at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area, Summerstown Trails and the Upper Canada Migratory Bid Sanctuary.

  • Slide away the winter blues and enjoy nature on one of the cross-country skiing trails at the Summerstown Trails, Guindon Park or the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

    Cross country ski rentals are available Summerstown Trails or the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

  • Have some fun and experience the area on your snowmobile.  Snowmobile trails criss-cross throughout the region with many local restaurants and pubs offering a warm respite from the frozen trails.

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  • Ice fishing is a popular winter activity in the region, with anglers taking to the frozen St. Lawrence River.   According to, a geographical resource for hunters and fishers, there are more than thirty spots to drop a line within 20 kilometres of downtown Cornwall.

    Be sure to check on the ice conditions before heading out!

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  • For those looking to improve their downhill skiing and snowboarding skills, Big Ben Ski Centre in Cornwall offers a family friendly hill to practice your technique.

    Big Ben provides a wire cable lift with tow handle, snowmaking and grooming, a terrain park, night skiing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, a heated chalet, change trailer, washrooms and a snack bar.

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    Need to rent? Visit Bicycle World for children’s ski rentals.

  • Feel the cool air on your face, and see the smiles of children as you enjoy sliding down hill on a magic carpet at exhilarating pace!

    Grab your sled and hit one of the many hills in the area for hours of fun. May we recommend hills in Lamoureux Park and the Long Sault Parkway.

  • Lamoureux Park and the Waterfront Trail

    Lamoureux Park is a perfect trail head that offers free parking and public restrooms. From the park you can head west along the Waterfront Trail, offering scenic vistas along the St. Lawrence River and the Cornwall Canal. Heading east will take you past Marina 200, the Cotton Mill District, St. Lawrence College and the NAV CENTRE. If you are looking for a shorter stroll, take the Lamoureux Park Loop which connects you to the waterfall in the EcoGardens to the RCAF Wing, Cornwall Community Museum and Civic Complex. Lamoureux Park is also located in heart of Cornwall, which means excellent dining and shopping are only minutes away!

    Guindon Park

    Guindon Park is a large waterfront park in Cornwall’s west end that has a number of trail options and amenities. Easily accessed by car or by fat bike via the Waterfront Trail.  Trails are great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

    Geocaches on site.

    Gray’s Creek

    Very nice trail just on the outskirts of Cornwall. Free parking and a number of trail options that take you in and out of natural forested areas. Most of the trail is wide, it is easy to traverse and offers a mix of terrain with minimal hills. It does not offer scenic vistas, but does provide a wonderful forest environment. Also connected to Cornwall bike path network and the adjacent Waterfront Trail that runs along the St. Lawrence River.

    Additional Trails

    You can search for additional trails in Cornwall and SDG Counties by visiting AllTrails

  • Alight at Night Festival remains a favourite family tradition at Upper Canada Village. Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting as close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences, creating a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland!
    Alight at Night is open during the month of December and the first week of January. Check the Calendar of Events at our website for additional winter events.

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  • The Cornwall Curling Centre is located along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, adjacent to the Cornwall Civic Complex and Aquatic Centre. This facility was built in 2004 and is home to over 500 curlers. The Curling Centre hosts a variety of bonspiels throughout the year.

    The Curling Centre is home to the Shorty Jenkins Classic, a major bonspiel that attracts the worlds top curlers to Cornwall every September. Other recent events include the 2015 Ontario Police Bonspiel, the 2015 Travelers Curling Club Championship, and the 2014 Dominion Curling Club Provincial Championship Finals.

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