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Top five ways to enjoy winter in Clarington

Winter is here, and whether we like it or not, the cold, blustery weather is sticking around for the next few months. But don’t let the threat of chilly toes deter you; Clarington has lots of exciting options to make snowy days more delightful. Check out our top five ideas to help you beat the winter blahs.


1. Outdoor Fun
There’s no better time to head to Darlington Provincial Park than when a fresh layer of snow blankets the trees and trails. This beautiful park is open year-round for day-use, so there’s no excuse to stay indoors. Dig out your hiking gear, snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore the natural beauty right here in Clarington. Make sure you check the ski and trail report for the latest conditions. For more outdoor adventures, visit the Orono Crown LandsGanaraska Forest or one of CLOCA’s Conservation Areas. If you don’t have gear on hand, the Ganaraska Forest Centre can set you up with rentals for the day.

If downhill skiing or snowboarding is your sport of choice, Brimacombe in Orono is the place to go. Beginners looking to try their hand at something new can purchase the half-day Discover Package for only $49.95 + HST. Be sure to check Brimacombe’s website for information on available runs, opening times, prices and more.

2. Make it a Skate Date
Dig out your skates and head to one of Clarington’s recreation facilities with your family and friends for a public skate. Check out the skating schedule for all the dates and times.


3. Get Cozy with Culture
Clarington is home to some fabulous places to discover arts and culture. The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is a public art gallery located in a heritage mill in Bowmanville that dates back to 1814. They offer art classes, exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Clarington Museums and Archives is a must-stop for culture lovers. Their exhibitions, programs, events and artifacts showcase the rich history and heritage of Clarington.

View work by local artists at A Gift of Art in Newcastle. When you’re done touring their gallery space, check out the unique gifts in their gift shop. Visit A Gift of Art’s website for more details on their amazing programs and events.

4. Test Your Skills
Are you looking for a challenge? Get a group together for an immersive escape room experience at the Panic Factory in Courtice. Once (and if!), you figure out how to escape, head to Critical Hit Gaming Lounge to play board games, Magic the Gathering and more. They have weekly gaming events too.


5. Go on a Treasure Hunt
On weekends, the Courtice Flea Market is one of the best spots in Clarington to find unique and vintage finds. Open year-round, you’ll find a variety of vendors selling collectibles, jewellery, clothing and more. Stop by their food court and fuel up during your shopping spree. They’ve got lots of delicious options to choose from.

Explore the Orono Antique Market, recently named the Platinum Winner of the Toronto Star’s Readers’ Choice 2019 Awards for Best Antique Store in the Toronto/GTA area. Browse the huge selection of collectible, vintage and antique treasures in the multi-vendor antique market, located offer in the historic Orono Armoury building.

When you brave the snow and enjoy winter in Clarington, be sure to share your adventures with us on social media using #ThisIsClarington!

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