Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Bronte Creek shoreline
Map showing the location of Bronte Creek Provincial Park
LocationOntario, Canada
Nearest cityOakville, Ontario
Coordinates43°24′50″N 79°46′0″W / 43.41389°N 79.76667°W / 43.41389; -79.76667Coordinates: 43°24′50″N 79°46′0″W / 43.41389°N 79.76667°W / 43.41389; -79.76667
Area6.4 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Established1975
Governing bodyOntario Parks

Bronte Creek Provincial Park is located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and is part of the Ontario Parks system.

The 6.4-square-kilometre (2.5 sq mi) park is located at the western edge of Oakville, bordering on Burlington. The park features hiking and biking trails, cross country skiing, and a play barn. During the summer, swimming is available in a large outdoor swimming pool.[1] Camping in the park is permitted, including sites with electrical hookups.[1]

Bronte Creek Provincial Park has 2 separate activity areas (day-use and camping) which must be accessed via 2 separate entrances. Campground must be accessed via 3201 Upper Middle Road W, Oakville. This is off of Bronte Road, exit 111 off the QEW/ 403. The main day-use area is accessed via 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville. (exit 109 off the QEW/ 403).

History

A provincial park was proposed as early as 1956, with the proposed 32-hectare (79-acre) site being rejected for reasons of size and location. A subsequent proposal for a larger 219-hectare (540-acre) was also rejected; this time due to costs and jurisdiction with the Halton Region Conservation Authority. The current park came into being with help of James W. Snow persuading the Ontario Parks Integration Board in a meeting on Jul 27, 1971.[2]

Education facilities, events and programs

Nature Centre
Nature Centre

Spruce Lane Farmhouse

Built in 1899, this a turn-of-the-century historic house museum near the remaining original apple orchards.[3] Open in the summer, the house features costumed interpreters. Special events and group programs feature historical themes. The park hosts many events including: annual Maple Syrup Festival in March and Harvest Festival in September area both held at the Spruce Lane Farm. Complete list of events can be found on the events page of the Ontario Parks website.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park Farmhouses
Bronte Creek Provincial Park Farmhouses

Spring and fall in Bronte Creek is spectacular and a photographer's dream.

Nature Centre

The nature centre offers live animals and exhibits on natural history, and includes aquariums, terrariums, and displays on local reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and insects. The centre is open from May to September and offers natural history and environmental programs for the general public and visiting groups.

School Group

Education programs are offered both as outreach, in park and via digital links.

Learn to Camp program is offered June - September. Park Ranger guide family groups through a weekend of interactive sessions where participants will learn how to set up a tent, light a campfire and cook a meal outdoors. Reservations are required for this popular program. Almost all equipment is supplied for use during the educational weekend.

Special Events and Programs

Park visitors can enjoy many daily guided programs July and August. These programs are developed with children and families in mind. Topics vary with the season and current concerns such as biodiversity, creatures of the night, life under a log, invasive species and noxious plants. There is a special event offered in just about every month: Family Day activities, Maple Syrup Festival, Victorian Easter, Spring time on the farm, Ghostwalks, Harvest Festival and Victorian Christmas. The park also hosts workshops and fitness sessions: yoga, pilates, photography workshops and plein air painting day.

Campground

Campers must access the campground via Bronte Road and Upper Middle Road in Oakville. A valid camping permit will allow overnight guests to enjoy the programs and facilities in the Day-Use Only Area (Burloak Drive) without paying the vehicle access fee or daily vehicle permit. Campers can enjoy our 1.8 acre or 7000+ square metre outdoor pool in July and August at a reduced daily rate. The Campground is open May - October. Reservations are highly recommended especially if camping in peak season or over a weekend. Sites all have electrical hook ups, a fire pit and picnic table. Water taps are close by and washrooms with showers, laundry and flush toilets are within a short walk of each site. Bronte Creek Provincial Park has 3 yurts, that allow guests who do not have a tent or trailer to experience camping. Want to learn how to camp? Sign up for one of our Learn to Camp sessions where park rangers will guide you through the proper steps set up a tent, dining shelter, cook on a camp stove etc.

Outdoor pool

Open daily in July and August for park guests to enjoy a beach experience of a different sort. Shaped like a bowl the pool gently slopes to a depth of 6 feet. PFD's are available through our PFD lending program. There is an additional fee per person to use the pool for the day. in/out privileges permitted.

Trails

Bronte Creek in fall colours.
Bronte Creek in fall colours.

Children's farm

The children's farm is located next to the nature centre, and features a mid 19th century barn that has been converted to a play loft and activity area, and stalls with different barnyard animals. Animals on display in the barn and nearby include pigs, chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep. Park staff farm wheat, oats, soybeans and other crops on park land. The children's farm is open year-round.

Disc golf course

The disc golf course is located near parking lot F in the day-use half of the park. The course winds through pine forest and hilly marshland, offering 18 holes of disc golf with both amateur and professional teepads. The course is maintained by the Bronte Creek Disc Golf club which meets on Sundays at 10:00 am for league, which is open to everyone.

Friends of Bronte Creek Park

The Friends of Bronte Creek Park is a non-profit charity run by volunteers at the park whose aim is to enhance the visitor experience at the park. 100% of the funds raised by the Friends is used to support park programs such as summer staff, animal and bird feed and to fund various projects that the Friends undertake.

References

  1. ^ a b "Bronte Creek Provincial Park". Toronto Life. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  2. ^ Killan, Gerald (1993). Protected places: a history of Ontario's provincial parks system. Dundurn Press. pp. 212–213. ISBN 978-1-55002-180-6. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  3. ^ Killan, Gerald (1993). Protected places: a history of Ontario's provincial parks system. Dundurn Press. p. 220. ISBN 978-1-55002-180-6. Retrieved 2010-01-14.