Winter activities in Quinte West

There is lots of fun to be had this winter in Quinte West. Check out our list of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family!

During the holiday season, enjoy one of the many upcoming events or winter activities in Quinte West. 

Upcoming Events

Do you decorate the outside of your house for the holidays? If so, register to have your home featured in Quinte West’s self-guided Holiday Home Tour! Registration opens Nov. 17! Enter your home in one of three festive categories: Winter Wonderland Home, Happy Holidays Home and Let it GLOW Home. From Dec. 16 to 25, the community will enjoy a self-guided tour and vote for their favourite home in each category. Each winning home will win a great holiday prize!

Register online starting Nov. 17 until Dec. 2 here.

The Frankford Santa Claus Parade RETURNS Saturday, Nov. 26!

The parade will begin at the Dr. McMullen Recreation Centre (Frankford Arena) at 2 p.m. and travel through downtown Frankford via Trent Street South. Enjoy the displays and festive floats from community groups, local schools, businesses, organizations, and more! Following the parade, make your way to the Frankford Royal Canadian Legion Branch 387 where you can have a visit with Santa Claus himself and enjoy free hotdogs and hot chocolate (while quantities last).

Following the Frankford Santa Claus Parade, take a walk through the spectacular Frankford Christmas Fantasy light display in Frankford Tourist Park! The Frankford Christmas Fantasy light display will be illuminated nightly from Nov. 26 until Jan. 1, 2023. 

 

The Chamber of Commerce will host the 2022 Trenton Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4:30 pm. The parade leaves the Community Gardens (Centennial Park) at 4:30 p.m. It then follows Campbell Street, turns left on Dundas Street East and goes over the Veteran Skyway Bridge. It goes through downtown Trenton along Dundas Street West, dispersing at Queen Street. Enjoy a complimentary hot dog and hot chocolate beside Fraser Park before the parade! 

Visit the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce website for more information. 

Following the Trenton Santa Claus Parade, take a walk through the spectacular Doug Whitney Fantasy of Lights display in Fraser park! The display will be illuminated nightly from Nov. 27 until Jan. 1, 2023. 

The CP Holiday Train will stop in Quinte West at the R.C.A.F. Road & County Road 21, on the south side of the railway crossing, from 10:45 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 29. This year’s train stop will featuring a free concert by Canadian performers Tenille Townes and Aysanabee, and marks the 24th year of raising money and food for food banks and food shelves across Canada. Bring a donation of non-perishable food items for donation to a local Quinte West food bank.

Take a ride on the Holly Trolley for a tour of the beautiful Fantasy of Lights displays in Trenton and Frankford. Catch the Trolley at City Hall and enjoy fun activities for the whole family at each stop!

The tour will run from  5 – 9 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Gather at Fraser Park to mark the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of the menorah.

The lighting will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. 

Winter Activities

This year, it’s not about looking back on winter memories from the past; it’s about creating new memories that you can look back on years from now. One of the best ways to fully welcome and embrace the wonders of an Ontario winter is to head to the ski hill. In Quinte West, we are lucky to have the Batawa Ski Hill so close to home. 

All information can be found on the website. Book online in advance to save on lift tickets and to be sure there is availability the day of your visit.

362 Glen Ross Rd, Frankford

Catch and Release at Crazy Creek Fishing Preserve 

Bring the whole family out to meet Larry and try your hand at fishing. $5 per person and $5 per catch and release fish, add in some great trails and you have a fun day out with the family.  Located just north of Frankford at 362 Glen Ross Rd. Call Larry to book your visit at 613 398-6995

Horseback riding in the winter offers scenic views and provides a new experience to this year-round activity.  Visit their website for more information and email or text to check availability and book a ride. After your ride or for an entirely different experience, check out the Ranch Day Spa, which is now on site. Find more information and learn how to book a service on the Fina Vista website.

Geocaching is an adventure in itself. What a great way to get out and get active with the family. There are tons of geocaches and earth caches in the area that families can discover.  Not familiar with geocaching? Search it up and get started.

1008 Tuftsville Rd, Stirling

Horseback riding in the winter offers scenic views and provides a new experience to this year-round activity. Once the conditions improve, trail riding will be available. Visit their website for more information and email or text to check availability and book a ride. After your ride or for an entirely different experience, check out The Ranch Day Spa, which is now on site. Find more information and learn how to book a service on the Fina Vista website.

Enjoy free public skating at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Community Gardens and the Dr. McMullen Recreation Centre.  

Visit quintewest.ca/skating to find the public skating schedule and important updates on the City’s arenas. 

Places to get your Skates Sharpened 

Canadian Tire  
Reilly Awards & Embroidery 
Gear Fix Go

Conservation Lands are open for public use, but physical distancing rules apply. All buildings, washroom facilities, outdoor picnic sites, benches, and shelters are CLOSED. Guests visiting conservation lands do so at “their own risk”. 

DO NOT litter – take your trash with you.

Please respect these rules to keep the conservation areas open for the community to enjoy. Find out more about Lower Trent Conservation trails here.

While Quinte West does not have motorized trails to use your snowmobiles or ATV, the Hastings Heritage Trail is a four-season, multi-use recreational trail that follows an old railway line linking Hastings County. The trail is open year-round and boasts several parking lots and access points along the route. The southern end of the trail starts in Glen Ross. A trail pass is required and can be purchased here.

These trails are open every day unless otherwise posted. Winter maintenance is not performed on the trails, but visitors are still welcome to cross country ski and snowshoe. Signs regarding COVID-19 protocols are posted. Essentially, keep a distance from other users. If the trail is not wide enough, take a step to the side and let the other person pass, no large gatherings etc. Find out more information about these trails here.

If you’re looking to go for a walk, Centennial Park Trails, Kiwanis Park (Ontario Street), and the new Marina Waterfront Trail will be groomed regularly and are more safe and suitable for walking. Find more information on the trails page of our website. 

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