Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Location: Oakville Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Recreation
Length/Size: 1,518.5 acres

Bronte Creek Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

This pastoral, all-season oasis between Burlington and Oakville offers a place to unwind and step back in time. View living history demonstrations in an 1890s farmhouse. Take the children to the playbarn to pet the animals or romp in the outdoor playground. Camp overnight, swim in a huge outdoor pool, stroll along nature trails, and pedal your bicycle. In winter, skate outdoors, go tobogganing and cross-country skiing. The day use and campground areas in this park are separate; each has its own entrance.

Visit the Friends of Bronte Creek website for more information on the Maple Syrup festival.

Please note : Day use and campground areas in this park are separate; vehicles are needed to access one area from the other.

Camping - Electrical Sites
After a day of adventure, settle into one of 144 electric hookup campsites. Choose between treed, well-shaded and open area sites. Group camping and children's programs available. Reservations are highly recommended and are now being accepted (5 months in advance of arrival). Please note that the day use area can be accessed only by vehicle (6 km) at this time.

Group Camping
There are four group sites that accommodate up to 25 people. Each site has its own mini comfort station that has flush toilets and water taps just outside. There is no beach, though there is a swimming pool on the day use side of the park. To access the pool, driving is required as there is no pedestrian access across the creek. Alcohol is not permitted in the group camping area. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (905) 827-6911.

Childrenís Farm and Play Barn
Children ten years of age and younger can jump, slide, hide and crawl for hours in a converted barn hayloft. They can also get up close and personal to learn about a variety of farm animals. The barn and play barn are open year round with extended hours in July and August. School groups and day camps can book Ĺ hour times to compliment their field trip to Bronte Creek. Call (905) 827-6911 ext. 288 to book your group.

In the buildings that surround the Play Barn (parking Lot C) you can find pigs, chickens, rabbits, and goats. The Childrenís Farm provides an opportunity for children to discover and learn about domestic farm animals. You will likely to see piglets, and chicks in the spring!
The Spruce Lane Farm was built around 1899 and reflects the Victorian era lifestyle. You will feel like you have become a part of history when you participate in authentic Victorian period chores, holiday traditions or participate in cooking demonstrations. A trip to Spruce Lane Farm will bring early settlement history alive (Parking Lot F).

Flush Toilets
Available at Campground comfort stations, the recreation complex and throughout the Day-use area

Barrier Free Access
The following facilities at Bronte Creek are barrier-free: washrooms, Nature Centre, Recreation Complex, Snack Bar, Trillium Trail, Logging Trail, Ravine Trail, Mice, Men and Maiden's Blush Trail, Spruce Lane Farmhouse (first floor). Barrier-free campsites are available.

Available in the Campground comfort stations and the Recreation Complex

Nature Centre
An education facility with nature in mind! In the Nature Centre special events, slide shows and exhibits highlight the park's many features. The Nature Centre is also home to snakes, turtles, and toads. You can also see one of North America's few live observational honeybee hives. The Nature Centre is located near parking lot C in the day use area.

Park Store
Located at the Recreation Complex in the day use area, the Park Store offers fast food, beverages, Ontario Parks merchandise, equipment rentals and more. The Park Store is open daily during the pool and rink operating seasons.

The campground office, located at the Upper Middle road entrance also carries the complete line of Ontario Parks merchandise as well as basic camping supplies.

Rentals - available at the Park Store; rollerblades, tennis equipment, basketballs, skates. Trailer storage is also available, contact the park office for more information at (905) 827-6911.

Mice, Men and Maiden's Blush 1 km (45 minutes) easy, barrier free
This trail travels over paved surface traveling through the historic, previously logged Burkholder woods. The trail winds through areas of pond life, forest regeneration and swamp habitat. This area is home to many bird, plant and tree species. Visitors can enjoy rollerblading along this trail (novice 1/2 hour).

Half Moon Valley 2 km (1 hour) easy - not barrier free
This double looped trail takes the visitor down into Bronte Creek valley and through a sensitive wetland habitat. The trail is primarily gravel and boardwalk with staircases at some steep sections. From the lookout platform you can see the creek 80 feet below!

Trillium Trail 1km (45 minutes) easy, barrier free
This trail is known for its abundance of spring wildflowers. It is especially spectacular when the Trilliums are in bloom.

Logging Trail .6 km return (15 minutes) easy, barrier free
Passing through a beech/maple woodlot, it is home to many spring and mid-summer wildflowers.

Ravine Trail 2.7 km (1 hour 30 minutes) easy, barrier free
The longest trail in the park cuts along side the ravine from the north to south end of the park. Take in all of the forest habitats of Bronte while walking through a dense coniferous forest to a scenic ravine lookout point (a must see in the fall).

Leash Free Path 1 km (30 minutes) easy, barrier free
Let your dog run! Your dog will enjoy running through the tall grass or exploring what is behind the next tree. Enjoy, but remember to stoop and scoop

Wildlife Viewing
Most small mammals common to southern Ontario live in the park, as well as some larger species -- white-tailed deer, red fox, coyote and raccoon. Birds in the park include the blue jay, blackbird, red-tailed hawk and several kinds of sparrows, as well as the occasional pileated and red-headed woodpecker, scarlet tanager, turkey vulture and both snowy and short-eared owls. As many as 20 species of amphibians and reptiles also make their home around Bronte Creek. More than 70 species of moths and butterflies have been identified in the park, as well as another 125 species of insects, including a rare katydid.

Bronte Creek has substantial seasonal populations of coho and chinook salmon and rainbow and brook trout, as well as some small-mouth bass, to tempt anglers.

Swimming -
Bronte Creek is home to one of the largest man-made swimming pools in North America. It has a surface area of 1.8 acres. At its centre, the pool is 6 feet deep. The pool is staffed with certified lifeguards. Please note an additional fee applies for pool entry.

Looking for an environmentally friendly way to see Bronte Creek? Why not grab your helmet and bike and explore the 13 kilometres of roads and trails available. Please be particularly careful around vehicles and keep to the right side when cycling on roadways.

Winter Activities
In the winter, the recreation complex has a lighted artificial skating rink; close by is a tobogganing hill, and the park's hiking trails are used for cross-country skiing. There are heated change areas and picnic shelters.

Paved rollerblading path, disc golf course, baseball diamond, basketball and volleyball courts.
Bronte Creek offers garden plots for rent on annual basis. Plots are located near the park office in the day use area and measure 4.5m x 9m. Contact the park office at (905) 827-6911 for more information.

For more information:
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
1219 Burloak Drive
Oakville, Ontario
L6M 4J7