Bronte Creek Provincial Park
|Bronte Creek Provincial Park|
|Nearest city||Oakville, Ontario|
|Area||6.4 km2 (2.5 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Ontario Parks|
The 6.4-square-kilometre (2.5 sq mi) park is located at the western edge of Oakville, bordering on Burlington. The park features hiking and biking trails, cross country skiing, and a play barn. During the summer, swimming is available in a large outdoor swimming pool. In the winter, ice skating can be enjoyed in a large outdoor skating rink. Camping in the park is permitted, including sites with electrical hookups.
A provincial park had been proposed as early as 1956, with the proposed 32-hectare (79-acre) site being rejected for reasons of size and location. A subsequent proposal for a larger 219-hectare (540-acre) was also rejected; this time due to costs and jurisdiction with the Halton Region Conservation Authority. The current park came into being with help of James W. Snow persuading the Ontario Parks Integration Board in a meeting on Jul 27, 1971.
Spruce Lane Farmhouse
Built in 1899, the Spruce Lane Farmhouse is a turn-of-the-century historic house museum near the remaining original apple orchards. Open in the summer, the house features costumed interpreters. Special events and group programs feature historical themes. The park's Maple Syrup Festival in March is held at the Spruce Lane Farmhouse.
The nature centre offers live animals and exhibits on natural history, and includes aquariums, terrariums, an observational beehive, and displays on local reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and insects. The centre is open from May to September and offers natural history and environmental programs for the general public and visiting groups.
The Children's Farm is located next to the nature centre, and features a mid 19th century barn that has been converted to a play loft and activity area, and stalls with different barnyard animals. Animals on display in the barn and nearby include pigs, chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep. Park staff farm wheat, oats, soybeans and other crops on park land. The Children's Farm is open year round.
- "Bronte Creek Provincial Park". Toronto Life. Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- Killan, Gerald (1993). Protected places: a history of Ontario's provincial parks system. Dundurn Press. pp. 212–213. ISBN 978-1-55002-180-6. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- Killan, Gerald (1993). Protected places: a history of Ontario's provincial parks system. Dundurn Press. p. 220. ISBN 978-1-55002-180-6. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
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