Starting July 30, an online reservation will be required to visit Lowville Park in Burlington. This is a new requirement, and I’m assuming it has been put in place to help avoid overcrowding and disappointment for folks who get there and the lot is full. With things like this, there is always a learning curve, and I’m glad to see the City of Burlington addressing a speed bump they encountered.
Lowville Park Has So Much to Offer Families
Lowville is a favourite destination of ours because it truly is an all-season park. We love to visit in the spring and summer because the immense trees provide ample shade throughout the park, which is perfect for my easy-burn skin. Their shade is the ideal spot for a picnic, cloud watching, or just setting up a family base camp for your day of adventure.
The number 1 reason that we love Lowville Park is that 50 kilometres of Bronte Creek flows through the park and it’s a beautiful feature. The water is cool and clean, and the amount of unplanned education we get when we get to go on creek walks and turn over rocks is amazing. Nothing beats nature and fresh air to make learning so easy. We like to bring buckets and a minnow net to see what creatures we can capture to study. We have found that a white bucket works best for this, but any colour will do. Catch and release unharmed is the name of the game.
What Else Does Lowville Park Have To Offer?
In addition to the water play in Bronte Creek, make sure you bring your favourite sports equipment because the grassy fields run for miles. Soccer, a baseball and some gloves, frisbee, Wiffle ball, whatever you love! It’s a perfect destination to socially distance without worry. There are trails and paths that offer some great exploring, no matter your age or ability. All-terrain strollers and wagons can make simple work of the paths. Don’t forget the insect repellant if you’re planning on a walk along the trails. When you’re done fishing for minnows and crayfish, turn those nets into butterfly nets!
Be sure to explore as much of the grounds as you have time for, you’ll love what you find. Ther is an old stone schoolhouse that is just timeless in its beauty and simplicity. We shared this monolithic staircase photo on our Instagram and everyone immediately knew where it was.
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A Few Tips for Your Visit to Lowville Park
- Washrooms are open and available at Lowville Park, but water fountains are not available so bring your reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated.
- As part of the COVID-19 safety measures, the playground and picnic vestibule aren’t open either. But normally, the covered picnic area is available for rent.
- Bring your bug spray if you plan to wander the paths in summer.
- Take a ton of photos. This is one of Burlington’s most sought-after photography locations for a reason! Especially in the fall.
In order to provide residents with the safest visit possible, the City of Burlington is requiring all visitors to make a reservation to help control crowds and assist in easier social distancing. Whether you’re driving up for the day, or walking over, or biking through, you will need a reservation. Failing to make a reservation means no entry, so books your 3-hour timeslot now to avoid disappointment.
How to Reserve Your Time Slot at Lowville Park
- Click here
- Choose your visit date and time, and how many people in your party
- You make on reservation per car, and you can change or cancel the reservation info up to 24 hours before
Reservations are free and give you 3 hours to play at the park. Reservations at Lowville Park are required to control the crowding that Lowville has seen in the past few weeks.
Lowville Schoolhouse, courtesy of the Burlington Historical Society, Muriel Goodbrand, BPL.