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Monday, February 18, 2013

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News Release

Have a Blast and Stay Fit in Ontario This Winter

The New Ontario Government Encouraging Families to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
From the trail to the frozen pond, Ontario offers endless ways to get outside and enjoy the fresh winter air.
There are many low-cost sport and recreational activities to help the whole family stay fit and explore Ontario's great winter outdoors. You can:
Before you set out on your winter adventure, you can take steps to stay safe by:
  • Checking with local experts that the ice on local bodies of water is strong enough to support skating.
  • Ensuring you and your family wear warm clothing and proper safety equipment, such as approved helmets, for any sport and recreation activities you participate in. 
Families can get some fresh air and enjoy the province's outdoors this season in communities across Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 800,000 people use over 73,000 kilometers of trails available across the province.
  • Every winter, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal turns into the world’s longest skating rink at eight kilometres long.
  • Ontario has a network of more than 300 provincial parks; discover which ones offercross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, dog sledding, or tobogganing.
  • Tourism is an important part of Ontario's economy. In 2011, Ontario's tourism accounted for over $23 billion and supported over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs.


Michael Chan
 Winter is a great time to have an outdoor adventure in Ontario. Every region in our province offers so many opportunities for families to get fit and have fun together. I invite everyone to explore Ontario, take in the spectacular winter scenery and stay active."
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
David Orazietti
 Ontario boasts hundreds of provincial parks that families can enjoy year round. I encourage everyone to get outdoors and discover the many wintertime activities taking place in Ontario Parks."
Minister of Natural Resources

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