It’s easy to get caught up in our busy, modern-day lives, but if you’ve ever wondered how Christmas was celebrated 100 years ago, this is your opportunity. Each December, staffers at Bronte Creek Provincial Park work diligently to create a magical holiday setting at Spruce Lane Farmhouse for visitors to experience an authentic Homestead Christmas. Your family will be escorted through the farmhouse, where you can enjoy classic stories and songs and try some delicious holiday treats. Wander around the barns and say hello to a variety of friendly farm animals then slip into a Victorian costume and have your family portrait taken during your visit with Santa. Your Victorian portraits (10-25 images) will be captured during your visit with Santa and are yours to take home on a souvenir USB stick ($5 per person).
Your Homestead Christmas experience will also include traditional Christmas games and activities, sugar cookies and cider and wagon rides. The children’s farm and play barn will also be open for your family to enjoy. The outdoor ice rink is scheduled to open December 13 (weather permitting).
Access to most Homestead Christmas attractions are included in daily vehicle rate of $16 per vehicle. There are a number of other park services and activities available during December including hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, tobogganing, children's farm and playbarn.
Homestead Christmas at Bronte Creek will take place during weekends in December from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be special evening hours on December 13 and 20 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
You can also ring in the New Year in a very special way with Howl’n Hikes at Bronte Creek. On December 31, a Park Naturalist will be leading evening hikes where you’ll learn to howl like coyotes, uncover some secrets about the largely misunderstood animal and then gather round the bonfire at 8:30 p.m. for the countdown for kids. The skating rink will be open until 9:30 p.m. and the Park Store will be serving up hot food to keep you warm. Skate rentals are available.
Nestled in between Oakville and Burlington, beautiful Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a nature lovers’ oasis. The park features more than 10 kilometres of multi-purpose trails, 11 picnic shelters, a turn-of-the-century living history museum (Spruce Lane Farmhouse), nature centre, 144 electric service campsites, a children's play barn, a 1.8-acre pool, an Olympic size skating rink and a farm.
For more information on ice conditions, park events and facilities, call 905-827-6911. Bronte Creek Provincial Park is located at 1219 Burloak Drive. Visit online at www.brontecreek.org.