Milton is a four-season playground, the outdoor recreation fun and busy—particularly good for wintertime when the weather can keep us indoors so much of the time. Regardless of how beautiful the interiors at CONNECTT are, tempting you to enjoy them as much as possible, stepping away from this comfortable master-planned community for an afternoon of fresh air is a welcome pastime.
Just as CONNECTT is close to so many urban things—the highways, transit, healthcare, schools and other urban amenities—the convenient connectivity extends to include plenty of outdoor fun so close to Derry Road and Highway 25. Here are a few ideas to get you going.
1. Schedule a weekly walk
Mill Pond at Main Street East and Martin Street is a short seven-minute drive from CONNECTT, offering an almost two kilometre-long loop around the pond and along the river. Bring the dog! Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area off Appleby Line at Highway 7 is just 10 minutes away in the car, a great spot for bigger challenges, including diverse hiking trails. You can cover the Vista Adventure trail in under an hour, while the Buffalo Crag trail is longer, both with lookout points along the way, chickadees and owls to spot and peaceful snowscapes to surrender to.
2. Strap on the skates
If you need to get the heart pumping or get your quads in shape for ski season, outdoor skating is available at Rotary Park at 100 Garden Lane, as well as at Campbellville Old Ball Park at 105 Campbell Avenue East. There are lights that can be turned on if you’re having a skating party after dark.
If indoor skating is more your style, particularly if you want to sign up for any pick-up shinny or skating lessons, there are plenty of drop-in times at Milton Sports Centre at 605 Santa Maria Boulevard and at the Sherwood Community Centre on Main Street West. See Milton.ca for schedules.
3. Plow into the powder
For skiers and snowboarders, the hills are surprisingly close to CONNECTT. Fifteen minutes in the car lands you at Glen Eden resort at 5234 Kelso Road, a fully-equipped park with 12 trails for both novices and pros. Visit gleneden.on.ca.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing awaits the hardy adventurers at Crawford Lake, just a 20-mintue drive to Guelph Line. A similar setting can be found at Mountsberg Conservation Area off Milburough Line. And at Hilton Falls at 4985 Campbellville Road (a 15-minute drive), the trails this time of year are perfect for winter hiking, the rivers, waterfall and reservoir all frozen over and glistening. You can rent skis at the Visitor Centre.
4. Hang on for dear life
Perhaps there are some children in your life whose cheeks need rosying up? Tobogganing at Sixteen-Mile Creek might then be in order, a terrific hill near Commercial and Laurier. The hill at Lowville Park is also popular, as is Moorelands Park by Food Basics near the corner of Laurier and Ontario. And if you’re skiing at Glen Eden, take in the tube park if you have time, with four different chutes at the ready to get the adrenalin pumping.
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