Things to Do This Winter in Kemptville and the Hamlets of North Grenville

Winter weather sometimes sends us indoors bundled up next to the fire. But winter is prime time for getting out and exploring Kemptville and the hamlets of North Grenville.
Why not make the best of it with this list of fun winter experiences!

Set out on Foot or Fat Bike on the Winter Trails

Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, biking and when the conditions agree, even hiking through the forest on one of the North Grenville Trails is a great way to get out for some fresh air and vitamin D during the winter months.

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Photo: Joseph R. Pearce

❄️ To access the trail, enter Ferguson Forest Centre from Anniversary/Honour Way, off County Rd. 43 and park at Arboretum/Dog Park.

If you are using trails in the winter, as always watch for snow machines when sharing the trails and use at your own risk.

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Live Music 
Prefer a cozy night in a warm drinking hole with melodic tunes in the air? Check out our events calendar for an updated listing of live music in the area. 

Watch a Hockey Game
Cheer on Kemptville’s own 73’s at home games this season! Check out the home schedule here and join the hometown fans in the North Grenville Municipal Centre

Warm up at Grahame's Bakery
In operation since 1885, the heritage wood-burning oven is now on its third generation of Grahame family bakers. Step in from the cold into the toasty warm bakery for some decadent treats. Grahame's still uses the original recipes to make breads, butter tarts, apple fritters and cookies. They make everything the old way, because at Grahame’s Bakery the old ways have never changed. Please note - cash only.

Grahames Bakery Oven

Build a Snowman and go sledding in Ferguson Forest!

Not only does Ferguson Forest offer the forested dog park, but the arboretum offers a great spot to take the little ones down the sledding hill.

Mayor Nancy photo montage

Photos: Nancy Peckford

Toboggan Hill

Located at the Ferguson Forest Centre Arboretum (241 Honour Way, Kemptville). Open daily (8am - dusk) during the winter as weather allows. Parking available across from the dog park. 

This small sledding hill is an easy climb and a moderate slide down. Take some time to build a snowman and maybe pop onto one of the trails near Anniversary park. The kids will love traveling by the water on the Turtle trail, finding the animals along the Kinder Trail to learn about the local wildlife in their natural habitat.   

Sledding Toboganning in Ferguson Forest

 Ferguson Forest Dog Park

The Ferguson Forest Dog Park is completely fenced piece of forest that offers many trees for your dog to sniff and explore. It also has a separate small dog fenced area and an open field with agility equipment. It's a great opportunity to allow your friend to run, play and socialize off leash with other dogs in a safe environment. Dogs are also welcomed on the trails of Ferguson forest but must be leashed outside the dog park.

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Skate the Kemptville Community Skateway

The Kemptville Community Skateway is an outdoor rink on Kemptville Creek in downtown Kemptville. Maintained by the Municipality of North Grenville and following the natural waterway, the skateway is the length of approximately three and a half NHL hockey rinks and over twice as wide! Opening for its second season, the rink starts at Curry Park and follows the banks of the natural waterway, into downtown Kemptville.  

We recommend enjoying a skate and then following the Waterfront Trail to downtown shops and restaurants! Right along the path you'll find Grahames Bakery with it's woodfired baked goods that's been operating since 1885, fusion Cajun restaurant Salamanders on the banks of the creek, the casual atmosphere and great food at O'Heaphy's Pub, and the new Hyde Smokehouse, offering the very best in Southern cooking...with a TWIST! Enjoy great food, hand crafted cocktails and local brews! 

  • Free to skate
  • Lighting after sunset,
  • Porta potties
  • Parking
  • Picnic tables 
  • Garbage/recycling on site. 

Don't have skates? You can borrow skates between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays! The Kemptville Donate to Skate Program has a table set up with volunteers!

Kemptville Community Skateway

Skating on the Kemptville Community Skateway on Kemptville Creek starting in Curry Park

Get out for more skating
Outdoor Skating

You'll find there three outdoor rinks within the municipality accessible to the public during the winter as weather allows: 

  1. Kemptville Community Skateway in Curry Park - is an outdoor rink on Kemptville Creek. Maintained by the Municipality of North Grenville, this skateway follows the natural waterway and is the length of approximately 3.5 NHL hockey rinks along the banks of Kemptville Creek in downtown Kemptville. 
  2. Bishops Mills Park  is maintained by the Bishops Mills Community Association.  Find details on the Bishop's Mills Community Rink Facebook Page
  3. eQuinelle subdivision and is maintained by volunteers. Rink in eQuinelle closes at 9pm every night. Hockey Playing Times:  Monday - Wednesday - Saturday 8:00 am to 10:30 am Sunday to Thursday: 6:30pm to 9:00pm. SKATING only: at all other times.

 

Bishops Mills ODR

Bishop's Mills ODR - Photo: Jill Sturdy

Please note: during COVID-19 the maximum rink capacity is 10 skaters and they must be physically distanced at all times.

Indoor Skating
Skate at the municipal centre nearly every day of the week! Don’t have skates? No worries! You are able to borrow skates and helmets at the rink. See skating times here and check current covid lockdown regulations before heading out. 

Hit the Skidoo Trails

Whether you're out for a weekend long excursion, a day trip or just a couple hours with the kids, you won't need to travel the same trail twice in North Grenville! With so many to choose from you can take new trails all day long and never need to backtrack!

*Please note, when riding through Ferguson Forest, please stick to the designated OFSC trails. Last year Ferguson Forest Centre reported significant damage to its tree nursery fields and the Xcountry ski club also reported damage it its groomed trails. We are happy to welcome snowmobiles in North Grenville on the designated trails! Stay warm and stay safe!

skidooing on north grenville trails photo Diane Schmitz

Photo by Diane Schmitz

Visit the Kemptville Campus Greenhouses

Did you know that the Kemptville Campus Greenhouse is open the public?
The greenhouses is open to the public on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. once Covid restrictions are lifted.
Lead by master gardener, Claude Smith, this facility offers plant sitting during the winter, plant sales throughout the year, and workshops. Make sure not to miss the large cacti collection and the hydroponic system research project. Of note, the greenhouses are available for rent on an hourly basis for small gatherings.
Click through for the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kemptvillecampusgreenhouse

Kemptville Campus Greenhouse Montage

Photos by Wildling Acres

Book a Romantic Getaway

Isn't it lovely to spend a night away from home with your special someone? Kemptville offers several overnight accomodations including the luxury Kemptville Suites and the newly renovated Best Western Hotel (pictured below). 

 Best Western lobby

 

Christmas in Old Town Kemptville

Visitor Information

  • 613-258-9569 ext. 128

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    Municipality of North Grenville

    285 County Road #44, PO Box 130
    Kemptville, ON
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Visitor Guide 2022

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Upcoming Events

Kemptville Cruise Nights hosted by the Highway 43 Car Club
May 20, 2022 |  6:00 PM
Bishops Mills Community Day
May 21, 2022 |  8:00 AM
Kemptville Buskerfest
May 21, 2022 |  9:00 AM
NGAG Spring Art Show
May 21, 2022 |  10:30 AM