Who isn’t watching their budget these days?

We rounded up TWELVE ways to save money while getting out on your own, with friends, or with family!


Walk, swim, badminton, pickleball, tennis, skating
Hawkesbury Robert Hartley Sports Complex & indoor multi-purpose room
Cost: Free/Varies. The walking track is free, but there are small fees to use the pool, or reserving an indoor tennis, pickleball or badminton court
Take advantage of an indoor walking track, bring a friend or music or a podcast to listen to and walk at your own pace.
Info: https://www.hawkesbury.ca/en/living/recreation/schedule-and-pricing-for-activities


Outdoor skating trail, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
Cost: FREE
Enjoy outdoor trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Strings of lights line the one kilometre outdoor skating trail — at the municipal campground at 457 route des Outaouais.
Skating trail open:
Thursday and Friday, 4 pm to 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 10 pm
Info: https://www.brownsburgchatham.ca/services-municipaux/loisirs-et-culture/patinoires-exterieures/


Cross-country ski around Vankleek Hill
Cost: season pass $40 or $8 per day for individuals
The total scenic network circles around Vankleek Hill and is around 18 km in total length; the trail is designated as an official training trail for the Canadian Ski Marathon. 
Choose the smaller route or longer route, get a map and a pass to choose where to link up with the trail:


Walk or snowshoe
Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail
Cost: FREE
This trail is great for walking in any season.
There are several places you can park your car to walk a portion of the trail.
Find an access point close to you! It’s closer than you think!


Go to a museum in a city near you!
Did you know that you can borrow a family pass to get free admission to a museum?
Cost: FREE
Visit the Hawkesbury Public Library website to view the complete list offered there:
Visit your local library website to see what is available to you.


The Larose Forest (Eastern Ontario)
Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing — enjoy the beautiful trails!
Cost: FREE
See the map here! It’s closer than you think.
Note: There are membership fees for activities including snowmobiling and mountain bikes. You can find out more on the website.


Hiking and snowshoeing. Other South Nation Conservation trails are available across the region. Visit the website link to get started.
Try the Moose Creek Trail
Cost: FREE


Walk or snowshoe
The Glengarry Recreational Trail
Cost: FREE
See the map, connect to the trail from various locations.


Cross-country ski
Voyageur Provincial Park
Cost: $3.50 per person for ages six to 17 and $10 per day for ages 18 and older.
Maps are available at the park entrance, located on County Road 4 near exit 5 from Highway 417.
Check if the trails are open and their condition at https://www.ontarioparks.com/snowreport.


Snowshoe, hike, and cross-country ski
Parc Lac Beattie, Gore QC
Cost: Admission is free for residents of Gore and reduced admission fees apply for residents of all MRC d’Argenteuil municipalities, and senior citizens. For complete details on fees and trail conditions, go to https://www.cantondegore.qc.ca/fr/decouvrir-gore/parc-du-lac-beattie .
Snowshoe rentals are available.
The park entrance is located on chemin Beattie, off of Route 329 north of Lachute.


Skate and shinny hockey
Communities across Prescott-Russell and Argenteuil
Cost: Free
Outdoor rinks are available for residents at municipal parks in Vankleek Hill, Hawkesbury, Alfred, Grenville, and Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.


Walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
Parc Larocque in Alfred
Cost: Free
Enjoy 3.5 kilometres of groomed trails through the forest. Parking is at the end of Larocque Street in Alfred.