Stay Active this Winter!


I encourage you all to take advantage of this snowy weather and stay active outdoors! The city enhanced precautionary measures to keep everyone safe, allowing us to partake in these winter adventures:

NEW snowshoe loaner program

The City launched a snowshoe loaner program to make it easier to explore the great outdoors whether in a park, on a trail or making your own path.

The snowshoe loaner program is FREE for residents and bookings can be made online with the City’s online registration system. Snowshoes are loaned on a weekly basis for four days from Thursday to Sunday and include one set of snowshoes per person, while quantities last. Following an online booking, residents will be contacted by Recreation Services’ staff within 24 hours to co-ordinate a curbside pickup time and the completion of a mandatory waiver. A $50 security deposit is required upon booking, which will be refunded when the snowshoes are returned.

Snowshoe Sizes Available:

  • 19″ – holds up to 80 lbs. (small)
  • 23″ – holds from 70-120 lbs. (medium)
  • 25″ – holds up to 200 lbs. (large)
  • 30″ – holds up to 250 lbs. (extra large)
  • 34″ – holds up to 300 lbs. (double extra large)

For more information, including a trail guide and maps, visit vaughan.ca/GreatWalks.

Trails

Put on your best walking boots (or snowshoes) and explore the beautiful nature Vaughan has to offer!

Trails include: 

  • William Granger Greenway nature walk
  • Mackenzie Glen neighbourhood walk
  • Sonoma Heights neighbourhood walk
  • Peter Rupert neighbourhood walk
  • Rainbow Creek neighbourhood walk
  • Marita Payne neighbourhood walk
  • Riverwalk neighbourhood walk
  • Maple Nature Reserve nature walk
  • Jersey Creek neighbourhood walk
  • Sugarbush nature walk
  • Vellore neighbourhood walk
  • North Maple Regional Park nature walk. 

For more information, visit vaughan.ca/trails or download the Great Walks of Vaughan guide at vaughan.ca/GreatWalks for maps of all the trails.

Outdoor rinks

Lace up your skates at one of the City’s five outdoor skating rinks, open now until March 2021, weather permitting. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., except for the rink at Father E. Bulfon Community Centre, which closes at 10:30 p.m. 

Outdoor rinks are located at the following community centres: 

  • Chancellor Community Centre (350 Ansley Grove Rd.)
  • Dufferin Clark Community Centre (1441 Clark Ave. W.)
  • Father E. Bulfon Community Centre (8141 Martin Grove Rd.)
  • Garnet A. Williams Community Centre (501 Clark Ave. W.)
  • Vellore VillageCommunity Centre (1 Villa Royale Ave.)

Safety guidelines include:

  • Pre-registration for outdoor recreational skating is required at vaughan.perfectmind.com
  • Skate sessions are 45 minutes in duration with a 30-minute break between sessions
  • The number of skaters on the ice at one time is limited to 25
  • Skate sessions are available for registration one week in advance
  • Waitlists and walk-ons are not permitted
  • All skaters are required to provide proof of registration and arrive no more than 10 minutes before their reserved skate time
  • Skaters are required to complete the Provincial Public Health Self-assessment prior to arriving at an outdoor rink
  • Only registered skaters will be permitted within the skate enclosure
  • Skaters must be residents of Vaughan
  • There will be no make-up times or scheduling adjustments for service disruptions resulting from inclement weather or maintenance delays/closures/cancellations
  • To cancel a skate session, email RecCSD@vaughan.ca
  • A mandatory mask zone will be in effect for all participants and observers
  • Additional mats and benches will be purchased and spaced to ensure adequate physical distancing for each participant/family to wait and put on skates
  • On-site staff will support the check-in, line management and skate patrol functions at each rink
  • Additional on-site security guards will provide 24-hour coverage
  • There will be increased presence and patrols by enforcement officers
  • Watch this video demonstration on how to register for recreational outdoor skating 

Natural rinks: By popular demand, the City of Vaughan has constructed a natural ice rink on the tennis courts at Maple Community Centre (10190 Keele St.) and North Thornhill Community Centre (300 Pleasant Ridge Ave.). Residents can lace up their skates, enjoy the fresh air and register for a skate session online at vaughan.perfectmind.com. The natural rinks will be open every day from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., but please note these rinks can be influenced by weather conditions, which may impact availability.  

For more information about outdoor skating rinks, including safety guidelines, visit vaughan.ca/skate.

Toboggan hill

Get outside and feel the wind in your hair while going down the City’s tobogganing hill at North Maple Regional Park (11085 Keele St.).

If visiting a hill, follow these health and safety reminders: wash and sanitize your hands properly before and after visiting a hill, sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Do not use if you are feeling unwell or exhibit signs of COVID-19, do not share equipment with those outside your household, practice physical distancing by keeping a distance of two meters from others and come back later if physical distancing is not possible. Please limit your time to ensure others have a chance to use the hills.

Please note:

  • A mandatory mask zone is in effect for all participants and observers
  • On-site security guards will patrol on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Additional safety signage has been erected
  • There will be increased presence and patrols by enforcement officers
  • Regular inspections by parks staff will continue 

Off-leash dog park

Our furry friends can enjoy the weather too at Concord Dog Park!

Please note:

  • A mandatory mask zone is in effect for all participants and observers
  • Leash your dog upon entering or exiting the off-leash area
  • Ensure dogs are under control and in sight of their handler at all times
  • Ensure all pet excrement is picked up – it’s the law
  • There will be security guard rotations on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • There will be increased presence and patrols by enforcement officers
  • Safety signage has been updated