Favourite Local Summer Attractions

School’s almost out and summer is officially upon us. There’s no better season to get out and explore your community! From zoos and water parks to conservation areas and recreational opportunities, Brookfield Residential’s communities are surrounded by some pretty stellar local attractions. Check out some of our favourite spots!

Animals & Zoos

Some kids (and grown-ups!) just love to see the animals. Whether you’re observing wildlife in its natural setting, seeing exotic giraffes and pandas in a zoo, or visiting barnyard animals like goats and alpacas at a local farm, spending time near animals can be soothing, awe-inspiring and educational. Here are some options to check out:

Alliston
At the Tottenham Conservation Area, just 20 minutes south of Treetops, you’re transported away from civilization and into the realm of wildlife. Blue heron, red foxes, pheasants, groundhogs, swans and other birds can all be spotted by the patient hiker.

Aurora
Lionel’s Farm is a fun place for the whole family to visit, with pony rides and a petting farm where you can meet goats, ducks, sheep, rabbits and more. It’s just a short drive from our Woodhaven community off Yonge Street in Aurora.

Caledon East
Near Pathways, Chinguacousy Park has a petting zoo that includes sheep, cows, goats, horses, alpacas, pigs, donkeys and other friendly barnyard animals. You can also take a pony ride and enjoy the park’s pavilion, splash pad, paddle boats, tennis courts, greenhouse, playgrounds and more.

Paris
Brantford Twin Valley Zoo, near our Pinehurst community, lets you learn about a huge variety of animals up close with educational presentations and tours. Visit the animals, bring a lunch and enjoy the zoo’s picnic area and woodland nature trail.

Pickering
A short drive to the Toronto Zoo offers a fun-filled field trip with countless animals to see, places to explore, games, conservation initiatives and more.

Water Parks & Water Sports


Looking to cool off from the hot days? Outdoor swimming pools, splash pads, water parks, lakefronts and rivers are the best places to spend summer – and there are so many close to home!

Alliston
The Alliston Rotary Pool has family swim time, fitness and lane swimming, swimming lessons and Aqua Fit – something for the whole family!

There’s also a family-friendly indoor water park at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort just next door to Treetops. The park features a tropical rainforest-themed swimming pool, a 3-storey waterslide, a water umbrella and a whirlpool.

Aurora
Richmond Water Park at Lake Wilcox Park has a large space dedicated to fun, interactive water features and a forest-themed playground for kids. The park is right on Wilcox Lake, so you can spend time on the lake, bike along the lakefront promenade, or relax on the lake’s green shores in the cool shade of the many trees or the pavilion. Or sit on the dock and soak up the sun – it’s summer, after all!

Caledon East
The Caledon East Park, just down the road from Pathways, has a splash pad playground area that’s great for kids and the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. A splash pad just down the street – let your inner child rejoice!

Paris
The Grand River is the longest river running entirely within southern Ontario’s boundaries, and is 280 kilometres long. The Grand River is a great place to try rafting, canoeing, kayaking or tubing. Check out local outfitters like Grand Experiences Canoe & Kayak Outfitter or Grand River Rafting to set up your white water adventure.

Pickering
The Petticoat Creek Conservation Area is the place to go swimming in Pickering. It has a large 800-person pool with beach entry, a splash pool and a play area with interactive water features, all set in the middle of the beautiful conservation area.

Hiking & Conservation Areas

There are many wooded pathways, waterfront trails, lakeside beaches and preserved areas all around us just begging to be explored. While there are dozens of options, here are a few standout options near our communities:

Alliston
At Treetops in Alliston, you can explore your own backyard! Go for an adventure through Treetops’ 45 acres of preservation area, and stop by the Treetops Park to spend some time at the playground, splash pad, beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, gazebo, amphitheatre, picnic areas and promenade running throughout the park, complete with a lookout area.

Nearby, Earl Rowe Provincial Park has a large outdoor swimming pool (open July 1), great hiking trails, canoeing, fishing, camping, and more.

The Tottenham Conservation Area is another family-friendly destination where you can hike, canoe, kayak, fish, bike and more. The conservation area overlooks a pond and has a sandy beach where people of all ages can be found playing beach volleyball, having picnics and relaxing under the pavilion.

Aurora
Woodhaven is located in a beautiful setting, with picturesque rolling hills and mature trees creating a lush haven. Stroll the sidewalks of your community then venture beyond to nearby hiking trails like the Tim Jones Trail. To the south, the Oak Ridges Trail, beloved by locals and visitors alike, offers a hike with impressive views and just the right amount of challenge. The trail maps offer many routes and entry points.

Caledon East
If you’d like to play a quick soccer game, head to the Caledon East Soccer Complex. For a hike, head to the Caledon Trailway. Part of the Trans Canada Trail, the Caledon Trailway is just south of Pathways and the accessible trail entry and pavilion has an arboretum, gardens and Caledon’s Walk of Fame. The trails are great for hiking, walking or running and cycling.

The Glen Haffy Conservation Area is another popular Caledon destination for hiking, picnicking, fishing and enjoying wildlife sightings.

Paris
The Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail is a great trail for hiking and biking. With scenic forests and the Grand River nearby, Paris is a beautiful place to explore.

Pickering
The Petticoat Creek Conservation Area offers a picturesque backdrop to a full day of hiking, picnicking and exploring the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. Take your camera, because the views of the lake are spectacular!

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