Warm Up to Winter with TRCA

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) transforms into a winter wonderland.

Winter is a season like no other, offering a number of unique ways to revel in the great outdoors. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has a whole range of activities for both cold-weather lovers and hibernators alike to unlock the secrets of winter’s beauty and excitement!

Magical Christmas Forest

mother and daughter enjoy display of holiday lights at the Magical Christmas Forest event at Kortright Centre for Conservation       young couple enjoys the Magical Christmas Forest event at Kortright Centre for Conservation

Escape into the enchanting Magical Christmas Forest at TRCA’s Kortright Centre for Conservation.

Running from November 24 to December 23, this holiday extravaganza features lights, music, crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, and activities for the whole family.

Don’t miss the chance to visit Santa in his cabin and create unforgettable festive season memories.


Holiday Fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village

a young family enjoys a holiday season visit to the Tinsmith shop at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Santa greets holiday season visitors to Black Creek Pioneer Village
a display of festive treats seen by candlelight at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join in the holiday season fun at TRCA’s Black Creek Pioneer Village on weekends throughout December.

Meet and greet with Santa, try your hand at toy making, test your skills at reindeer games, and more. You can even book an exclusive VIP visit with Santa on select dates.

On Saturday evenings you can stroll the Village by moonlight, enjoying live entertainment and traditional holiday treats.

Whether you’re looking for a great family outing or special date night experience, you can make it a season to remember at Village.


Winter Solstice Series

dreamcatcher       handcrafted tin lantern

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a series of enchanting events at Tommy Thompson Park.

From crafting lanterns and dreamcatchers to exploring the night sky and getting up close with winter animals, these workshops offer a unique blend of scientific and cultural perspectives surrounding the longest night of the year.

Workshops Dates:

Wildlife Wonderland | Saturday, December 2 LEARN MORE & REGISTER
Solar and Lunar Wonders | Saturday, December 9 SOLD OUT
Weaving Dreamcatchers | Sunday, December 10 LEARN MORE & REGISTER
Lantern Making Workshop | Saturday, December 16 LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Holiday Wreath Making Workshops

community member participates in wreath making workshop at Claireville Conservation Area

Enjoy a creative start to the holiday season by taking part in one of our holiday wreath making workshops.

Wreath making is a fun and simple activity for any age. All it takes is a little imagination to transform natural materials into a festive masterpiece.

Workshops Dates:

Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park, Stouffville:
Saturday, November 25
Claremont Nature Centre, Pickering:
Saturday, November 25
Claireville Conservation Area, Brampton:
ADULT WORKSHOP – Sunday, November 26

Get a Head Start on Gift Giving

Handcrafts by local Indigenous artisans on display at the gift store at Kortright Centre for Conservation
jugs of maple syrup on display at the gift shop at Kortright Centre for Conservation
a handmade item from the Tinsmith shop on display in the gift shop at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Our gift shops at Black Creek Pioneer Village and Kortright Centre for Conservation are great places to find unique holiday gift-giving ideas while supporting local artisans!

Our maple syrups and treats make perfect hostess presents, corporate gifts, and stocking stuffers. You’ll also find an assortment of locally made candles, soaps, games, and toys that will delight the teachers, co-workers, and children on your list!

Select items are available online. SHOP NOW.

If giving gift experiences is more your speed, take advantage of Black Friday savings on Conservation Parks Membership Passes. You’ll enjoy 20% off any passes purchased from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, December 3!

Give the Gift of Nature - Enjoy Black Friday Savings on TRCA Conservation Parks membership passes

Whether you buy for friends and family or as a special treat for yourself, a membership pass opens the door to year-round outdoor adventure, providing free general admission to TRCA Parks and attractions across the GTA.

Plus, members enjoy a 10% discount on special ticketed events such as Magical Christmas Forest!

Don’t miss out on these limited-time savings – grab your passes today.