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GRCA Winter Operation Hours To Begin

Web posted on January 08, 2018

After an unseasonably mild winter last year prevented most Grand River Parks from offering traditional winter activities, six Grand River Conservation Authority parks will open for the winter, beginning January 6.

Shade's Mills (Cambridge), Pinehurst Lake (North Dumfries), Rockwood, and Belwood Lake offer year-round access, providing limited winter maintenance for activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, where available. Guelph Lake also provides a small parking area for limited winter activities such as hiking.

Winter operating hours at these parks are 8:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m., 7-days a week. Shade's Mills opens one hour early at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Laurel Creek Park in Waterloo will open on weekends only, beginning January 6, from 8:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoe equipment rentals are available on weekends at Shade's Mills, Laurel Creek, and Pinehurst, when conditions allow. To find out current trail conditions and rental availability, call the parks directly. For more information on winter programs visit

Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is available, when conditions allow, at Shade's Mills, Pinehurst Lake, and Belwood Lake. Ice conditions are monitored daily at these facilities. For up-to-date information on ice fishing, call the parks directly.

Ice conditions are not monitored at Guelph Lake and ice fishing is not allowed. Lakes and rivers may look frozen at this time of year, but the ice may still be very thin. Recreational users and the general public are reminded to stay off unmonitored water bodies.