Winter in Brock

Winter in Brock Township

Whether you find yourself with or without snow this winter, the Township of Brock has plenty for you to do this winter!

If you think it’s time to get outside into the fresh air, the Township of Brock is full of all kinds of winter activities to offer, and when it’s time to warm up the areas cafes and shops are the perfect place to relax and unwind inside.

There are so many great spots to spend time this winter in Brock Township, but we’ve narrowed down the list to just five great options for you to try this winter season.

Ice skating at Rick MacLeish Memorial Community Centre

Ice skating outdoors can sometimes be difficult to plan because of ice and weather conditions, but luckily you can find public skating in Cannington at the Rick MacLeish Memorial Community Centre!

The arena has a stadium seating if you are just interested in watching your friends and family skate, but if you want to join in on the fun, the arena has public skating on Monday from 4– to 4:50 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 1:50 p.m., weekly.

Kid in Arena

There are even more options for Senior and Parent & Tot skates, and Stick and Puck hours as well.  There are special P.A. Day and March Break schedules available with even more skating options available on the website.

Rick MacLeish Memorial Community Centre, 91 Elliot Street, Cannington

For more information, visit the Skating page on 

Forget-Me-Not Alpacas

Forget-Me-Not Alpacas is a beautiful farm in Beaverton that has acres of space with beautiful alpacas you can visit on a farm tour.

The farm tours at Forget-Me-Not Alpacas are 50 minutes long and include a self-guided portion to the tour, and end with an up-close and personal experience with the alpacas.


In the winter rather than booking online the farm asks that you email to book a private tour, and you can work with them to choose a date and time where you can meet the alpacas.  These winter farm tours are more personalized as they are for very small groups. After your farm tour, make sure to check out their selection of soft and warm alpaca products including alpaca yarn, blankets, hats, mittens, socks, insoles, dryer balls, toys and more.

Forget-Me-Not Alpacas, 1595 Concession 3, Beaverton, ON

Cannington Historical Museum

The Cannington Historical Museum is spread over five restored heritage buildings including the Brandon Log Cabin, Francis Log House, Loyal Orange Lodge Hall (Derryville Hall), a Driving Shed, and the Cannington Railway Station and Caboose.  All of the buildings on the property have been rescued and relocated.

The Grand Trunk Railway built boxcar was built in 1910, and the historical society purchased it in 1980 and you can now find it on the museum grounds.  The Brandon Log Cabin was built in 1830, and it has a pioneer kitchen, and different themed displays.  It also displays the history of the local schools in the area.

Cannington Museum

The 1900’s Driving Shed includes vintage farm equipment, carpentry and blacksmith tools, and even a buggy and cart.

To visit the museum, contact the Cannington Historical Society.

Cannington Historical Museum

Winter hike at the Beaver River Wetland Conservation Area and Trail

The Beaver River Wetland Conservation Area and Trail runs along a former railway line and is a whopping 12.5 kilometres long. It runs all the way from Blackwater to Cannington and you can take an extension to go further into Beaverton.

The trail has plenty of access points and there is plenty of wildlife to spot along the way. 

Winter Trail

The views along the trail are tranquil and beautiful, making it a great way to spend an afternoon.

Beaver River Wetland Conservation Area and Trail

For more information, visit the Parks and Trails page on

Warm up at The Shortiss Cafe Bar

The perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day is to pop into The SHORTIS|S Cafe|Bar for a hot drink, a delicious lunch, or a sweet treat.

Shortiss Cafe

The fresh sandwiches are delicious, and the treats are out of this world.  Brownies, cookies, squares, pies and all kinds of other desserts are inside the cozy cafe which has plenty of seating.

You can people-watch through the front window overlooking downtown Beaverton or choose a quiet spot in the back of the café to read a book or meet a friend for coffee.

The Shortiss Cafe Bar, 379 Simcoe Street, Beaverton

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