Park Programs

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) Parks provide wonderful opportunities to explore and enjoy interesting natural and cultural spaces within the Greater Toronto Area. Located in Peel, York and Durham regions, the parks are close to home and easily accessible.

TRCA Parks offer diverse learning and recreational opportunities, including:

  • Self-directed education programs
  • Exploration of natural features and habitats
  • Cross-curricular, recreational and fitness programs and activities

Self-directed programs offer you the opportunity to create and guide your own education program and recreation events at a TRCA Park. You can build your outdoor classroom at various times throughout the year and take advantage of the natural spaces and facilities the parks have to offer.

For more information, date availability or to book a guided education program, please call 416-667-6295 (Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or email visitorservices@trca.on.ca And, keep and eye on What’s New for program announcements!

TRCA Parks are popular destinations for:

Cross Country Skiing

Albion Hills Conservation Park offers 25 kilometres of well marked trails that accommodate all level of skiers. The group can then gather for lunch at the Chalet to warm up with hot soup or chili. Albion Hills is open to classes from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., as conditions permit.

Cross-Country Running

During the fall, Albion Hills, Boyd, Heart Lake and Bruce’s Mill conservation parks play host to a   number of cross-country races. The large shade trees offer runners the perfect conditions for training and competition. Our staff have plenty of experience hosting schools and will help make your next race a great success for you and your students.

Hiking, Cycling and Nature Walks

Let your class enjoy and learn from the natural woodland surroundings of the scenic trails. All TRCA Parks have nature trails that vary in terrain and distance. Albion Hills also offers mountain biking trails that appeal to all skills levels. Safety helmets are required. In all other parks, bicycle riding is allowed only along the roadways. Bicycle riding is not allowed at the Kortright Centre for Conservation.

Picnics and Celebrations

The combination of scenic settings, access to a wide variety of activities and facilities make TRCA Parks the natural choice for successful and memorable school picnics and social events. Each site comes equipped with enough picnic tables to seat all of your guests. Some sites have shelters with BBQs and all TRCA Parks have running water and washrooms. BBQs are allowed.

Swimming

Looking for the perfect addition to your class picnic? Consider renting outdoor pool at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park. You can add exclusive access to our facility to your picnic reservation. Available evenings and weekends for 2 hours at $200 plus HST, the pool area can accommodate up to 50 people and comes staffed with a lifeguard to help ensure your group’s safety. The pool is available Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., as weather permits.

Staff/Administration Meetings

TRCA Parks are more than just a great place to enjoy nature – they are also great places for off-site meetings. So if you are looking for a unique location for your next meeting, consider TRCA which owns a number of distinct indoor and outdoor meeting facilities located within its conservation parks. Our staff can help you coordinate programs, catering and other activities to custom fit your group.

Group Camping

Group camping is available for outdoor education overnight getaways at Albion Hills(for groups of 20 or more).