Mount Chinguacousy opening delayed in Brampton

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Published January 5, 2024 at 9:37 am

Brampton mount Chinguacousy ski hill
Brampton's Mount Chinguacousy ski hill is closed for the season. (Photo: City of Brampton)

There may be snow in the forecast this week but Bramptonians will need to wait a bit longer before hitting the slopes this season.

The City of Brampton started opening its annual Winter Wonderland recreation amenities back in November starting with the Gore Meadows Covered Outdoor Rink back in November, making Brampton the first city in the GTA to have an outdoor rink ready for winter.

But a lack of snow and warmer weather has kept Mount Chinguacousy closed with no set date for when the city plans to open the ski and tubing hill.

An update on the city’s website from Dec. 27 says the city hopes to open the hill in “mid-January,” depending on weather conditions and snowfall.

While not an actual mountain, Mount Chinguacousy is around 20 metres high with one short run and a magic carpet conveyor, great for beginners who are just learning how to ski or snowboard. There’s also a snow tubing hill for those looking for a different kind of downhill experience.

Should the ski hill actually open in January it will actually be an earlier start than last year as the hill last opened in February 2023.

But Brampton could see some snow this weekend as Environment Canada is forecasting flurries this weekend across much of the GTA continuing into next week.

While the ski hill may be close the city has plenty of outdoor ice rinks open for those looking to take in some winter activities:

Gore Meadows Covered Outdoor Skating Rink​ – 10150 The Gore Rd. – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This location offers free public skates and shinny, registered and drop-in programs

Flower City Community Campus Outdoor Skating Rink – 8850 McLaughlin Rd​. – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This location offers free public skates and drop-in shinny programs.

Gage Park Outdoor Skating Recreational Trail – Main St. South and Wellington St. West – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The jogging path at Gage Park has been transformed into a stunning skating rink and trail and is a seasonal favourite for skaters.

Duggan Park Outdoor Skating Rink – 75 Vodden St E. – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This location offers free public skates and drop-in shinny programs.

Boreham Park – 350 Conservation Dr.​ – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This location allows for drop-in hockey and shinny play.

Peel Village Park – 47 Watson Cres.​ – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This location allows for drop-in hockey and shinny play.

Earnscliffe Outdoor Rink – 844 Eastbourne Dr. – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Currently closed due to weather. The Earnscliffe Outdoor Rink offers an outdoor skating experience but the community centre also has two indoor rinks.

Sesquicentennial Park Outdoor Skating Rink – 11333 Bramalea Rd. – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Currently closed due to weather. The natural ice rink doesn’t have a refrigeration system, so the quality of ice and usability can change vary due to weather conditions.

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