Winter Roadmap

It’s time. . . to embrace winter!

Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, indoor fun or unique seasonal experiences, we’ve got you covered!

The Cornwall region is a winter lover’s paradise, with trails, skating rinks, tobogganing hills, ice fishing spots and so much more to keep you and your family entertained while embracing the great outdoors.

Read on and start planning your winter to-do list. Your next great winter adventure awaits in Cornwall and SDG Counties!

 

COVID-19 Safety

Be safe and be sure to follow these simple COVID-19 guidelines:

– Stay home if you’re feeling sick
– Keep a distance of 2 metres from you and other winter warriors
– Wash or sanitize your hands often – especially if you’re in contact with high-touch surfaces
– Wear a mask when inside (such as while you’re using the washroom)
– Remember that outdoor gatherings must have no more than 10 people.

In light of the provincial lockdown, every effort was made to ensure the information provided here is accurate. However, given the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, residents are encouraged to check directly with businesses and attractions for the latest on operating hours and customer policies prior to visiting.

For the latest information and updates on COVID-19 and the shutdown, please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website or the Government of Ontario website.

 

Explore Cornwall Winter guide

Explore Cornwall Guide – Winter Edition

Looking for inspiration to get outdoors and enjoy winter in all its beauty? Check out the new Winter Edition of the Explore Cornwall Guide!

Find out about outdoor adventure, indoor fun, shopping, dining and much more in Cornwall and area this winter.

Click here to view the digital version online

 

Countryside Adventures

Skating

There’s nothing more Canadian than lacing up a pair of skates and heading out on a fresh sheet of ice!

Outdoor rinks

Cornwall is home to a number of neighbourhood rinks that are perfect for both beginner and avid skaters of all ages.

Weather conditions and the availability of volunteers play an important role in the opening date and quality of outdoor rinks.

Rink hours during the winter season are 7 am to 10 pm. Please note a number of the rinks do not have lights.

Rink locations include:

Dover Heights Park – Dover and Robertson
Gallinger Park – Lottie and Elsie
Grant Park – Kennedy and Grant
King George Park – Seventh and York
Mattice Park – Edward St
Memorial Park – Bedford and Third
Menard Park – Concorde Ave
Optimist Park – Sunnyside and St. Michel
Reg Campbell Park – Leitch and Fraser
Terry Fox Park – Mercier and Ross

Check out the City of Cornwall’s interactive outdoor rink map for more info!

Lamoureux Park rink

Enjoy a new skating experience this winter in Lamoureux Park! Skate under the stars and in the shadow of the clock tower in Cornwall’s beautiful waterfront park.

Countryside Adventures

Enjoy a majestic 3 km skate through the forest – and much more – at beautiful Countryside Adventures in Moose Creek! This family-friendly destination is open during the lockdown with some adjustments to regular operating practices.

For tickets and additional information, check out the Countryside Adventures website.

 

Sledding

Tobogganing

Feel the rush of speed and the cool air on your face with this favourite Canadian winter pastime!

Grab the slid and hit one of of the many hills in the area for hours of old-fashioned fun.

Some great spots to start include Lamoureux Park (east of the splashpad and west of the Cornwall Community Museum), the hill at the west side of Legion Park on Race Street and Snetsinger Park. The east entrance of the Long Sault Parkway is also a favourite locale for tobogganing enthusiasts.

 

Snowshoe

Snowshoeing

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.

Interactive map of Guindon Park

 

 

 

Cross Country

Cross Country Skiing

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.

 

Lamoureux Park

Outdoor Trails

Lamoureux Park

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 and there’s ample parking too!

Click here for the Guindon Park trail map

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.

Click here for more information on Gray’s Creek

Additional Trails

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

 

Fat Bike

Fat Biking

If you’re an off-road cycling enthusiast, you’ll find plenty of fat biking trails to conquer in the Cornwall area.

Guindon Park

The expansive park on the western edge of Cornwall is now home to 10.5 km of mountain and fat biking trails that weave and wind through the trees, ponds and hills of this outdoor oasis.

Related: Off-road cycling trails created at Guindon Park

Summerstown Trails

The Summerstown Tails offers 10 km of groomed fat bike trails. These trails are multi use and are shared with snowshoers. For more information please check out the Summerstown Trails website.

 

Big Ben Ski Centre

Skiing / Snowboarding

Big Ben Ski Centre

Catch some big air this winter at Big Ben Ski Centre! This popular local amenity offers one-on-one skiing and snowboarding lessons as well as affordable lift tickets. Click here to visit the Big Ben Facebook page for regular updates. The hill is open weekdays from 5:30 pm to 9 pm and weekends from 10 am to 4 pm.