Yes, school has started.
Yes, the days are getting cooler.
Yes, your youngsters have energy to burn.
No, Summer isn’t over just yet.
Don’t let the next couple weekends pass you by.
Whether your kids are ready to try something new, or show off a well-practiced move, our local skateparks are the perfect place to get outside and enjoy the last precious moments of summer together! Here are three family friendly day-trip itineraries for your blading, boarding, scooting or bmx-ing youngsters.
The skatepark is located right along the York River that runs through town. It’s quite possibly the most scenic skatepark location around. With a riverfront trail that meanders along the water crossing over into Millennial Park, as well as a playground, there is lots to do and see.
Add a stop: Enjoy the York River from a kayak, canoe or SUP. The friendly folks at Bancroft Go Green rent a variety of water vessels for all experience levels. It’s both convenient and safe. All life jackets, safety kits and paddles are included, and you can put in and take out right there at their dock.
Grab a bite: A trip to Bancroft wouldn’t be complete without some of the best fish and chips in the entire County! For the Halibut has an awesome riverside picnic area for your take-out, as well as dine-in service. The best part? You won’t have to travel far… they are Go Green’s neighbours!
Take a walk: Just across the highway is Eagles Nest Park. The view from the lookout is one for the books.
Madoc’s Skatepark is a true ‘all in one stop’. They have a canteen, splash pad, playground, bunny park, picnic area and bleacher seating. There really is something for the whole family.
Add a stop:Head downtown to the main drag, there some great little shops to explore. Fish & Co. and Mackenzie Mills Emporium always have something fun and interesting. Oats & Honey Bulk Food Store is the perfect place to grab some snacks for the road, and Hidden Goldmine Bakery is the spot to get Mom and Dad some (typically) much needed coffee. *Note: these establishments are all closed on Sundays.
Grab a bite: Who doesn’t love a slice? Call and order from Ace’s or Dino’s so it’s ready for your arrival to town. Both the skatepark and O’Hara Mill have plenty of tables for the perfect pizza picnic.
Take a walk: After cruising around at the skatepark, slow things down with a nature walk through O’Hara Mill Homestead & Conservation Area’s old growth forests.
Situated on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, this skatepark is off the beaten path and therefore ideal for those older kids who are looking for a less busy atmosphere to perfect landing their next big trick.
Add a stop: Descend into the depths of the earth at Tyendinaga Caves. This underground adventure is a great introduction to spelunking and is safe for the whole family. *Note: to ensure social distancing, the caves are open by reservation only, so be sure to call in advance.
Grab a bite: On your way to the caves, stop by the Blessington General Store to grab a fresh, made-daily sub and snacks to-go. You can enjoy it in the car, or under the cedar frame pavilion at the Caves. Should you be driving through on a Friday night, they make pizza!
Take a walk: Just 5 minutes up the road, you can observe wetland wildlife in their natural habitat. The H.R. Frink Centre’s boardwalk is always a family favourite.
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