Throughout the pandemic, the Town has promoted the benefits of safe outdoor activities to support the physical and mental health of our community via our popular Active TOA program. To help residents stay active this winter, the Town is highlighting various outdoor activities, spaces and amenities.

Winter TOA provides safe opportunities for our residents to get outside to exercise, including:

Pat Bayly Square Outdoor Rink
  • Skate at Pat Bayly Square (pre-registration required, free admission). To register, visit www.ajax.ca/skating. Resident restrictions apply.
  • Pat Bayly Square Ice Rink operates Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Nine (9) skating sessions available daily. Capacity of 25 skaters per session (as per public health guidelines).
  • 55+ only skating sessions available. 
  • All skaters at Pat Bayly Square must maintain a physical distance of six feet to those not in their household at all times. Masks or cloth face coverings are mandatory on and off the ice.
  • Indoor washroom access will be available, however, change rooms are closed and skaters should come ready to skate.
  • Customer service representatives will be onsite to facilitate health screening, provide information, confirm registration and assist with line management. 
Pop-up Natural Ice Rink
  • Pop-up natural ice rinks are now closed at McLean Community Centre (95 Magill Dr.) and Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd.).
Neighbourhood Ice Rink Program
Trails & Greenspaces
  • Explore 50 km of maintained trails & sidewalks, including our popular 7 km William A. Parish Waterfront Trail. Please note, due to construction, the waterfront trail is closed from west of Rotary Park to east of Duffins Marsh. All parking lots along the Waterfront are open with the exception of parking lots with permeable pavement.
  • Play in one of 95 parks (enjoy playing in the snow with members of your household)
  • Discover our 925 hectares of open spaces, including outdoor fitness equipment
  • Hike 6.5 km of trails at Greenwood Conservation Area (Bring your own equipment to bird watch, snowshoe, and cross-country ski). Please note, only 50 parking spots are available at Greenwood Conservation Area. On-street parking is also available on the east/west stretch of Greenwood Road off of Westney Road. The Town’s standard parking by-laws and practices will continue to be enforced.
Snowshoe Loan Program 

Snowshoeing is a great way to get outside and enjoy winter! Snowshoes (up to 4 pairs at one time) are available for loan for up to 3 days at no cost (deposit required) so that residents can enjoy outdoor recreation and physical activity this winter. 

Remember that adults should accumulate a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. Children need 60 minutes per day!

Snowshoes are available through March (weather permitting) from the McLean Community Centre at 95 Magill Dr., Ajax.

Snowshoe Loan Form

Trails and Conservation Areas
Throughout Town, there are an abundance of trails and conservation areas offering an escape to nature, perfect for snowshoeing.

 

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Snowshoeing Tips
  1. Dress the part - Make sure you are prepared with the correct clothing for your outing. Always dress in (or bring) multiple layers: a base layer, a mid-layer, and an outer layer.
  2. Prepare – Your heart rate is likely to climb as you start moving. You may even break a sweat! Make sure you are prepared with the essentials:
    • Water – Even though it’s cold, you still need to keep hydrated as you expend energy.
    • Snacks – Bring snacks that will boost your energy like apples, trail mix, etc.
    • Sunscreen – Light reflects off of the snow, making sunburn likely, so be sure to apply sunscreen to any exposed skin.
  3. Bring your phone or camera – No matter the trail you take, snowshoeing will open your eyes to a beautiful winter wonderland. Don’t forget to take your phone or camera and share your photos and stories with us through TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.
  4. Bring a family member from your household – Weather conditions can change quickly. It’s a good idea to be as safe as possible.
  5. Have fun!