Frequently Asked Questions

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Hiking at Kivi Park can be an enjoyable and safe experience if you’re prepared and informed. Here’s a list of things people should know before hiking at Kivi Park:

  1. Park Information: • Familiarize yourself with the park’s layout, including trailheads, facilities, and emergency contact information.

  2. Trail Maps: • Obtain a trail map from our website or scan the QR code found on one of our maps at the park. Study it to plan your route.

  3. Trail Difficulty: • Know the difficulty level of the trails you plan to hike. Kivi Park offers trails of various distance and difficulty levels, so choose one that matches your skill and fitness level.

  4. Weather Forecast: • Check the weather forecast for the day of your hike. Be prepared for changing conditions and dress accordingly.

  5. Hiking Gear: • Wear appropriate footwear with good traction. • Dress in layers suitable for the weather. • Carry a small backpack with essentials like water, snacks, a first aid kit, and extra clothing.

  6. Water and Hydration: • Carry an adequate supply of water, especially on longer hikes. Dehydration can be a serious risk. • Keep in mind that we do no have running water on site. Bring more water than you anticipate consuming.

  7. Leave No Trace: • Respect the environment by following Leave No Trace principles. Pack out all trash and avoid disturbing wildlife.

  8. Wildlife Awareness: • Know what animal could be encountered during your visit and know how to react if you encounter animals. • Never approach wildlife or disturb its habitat. • Bear sightings can be common in the spring and throughout the summer. “Be Bear Aware” • Massasauga Rattlesnakes are making their way to our region. If you accounted a rattlesnake in our trail, take a picture (if possible) and report it to a Kivi Park staff or volunteer.

  9. Trail Etiquette: • Yield the trail to hikers going uphill. • Keep noise levels down to preserve the natural ambiance. • Stay on marked trails to minimize environmental impact.

  10. Emergency Preparedness: • Carry a fully charged cell phone for emergencies. • Inform someone of your hiking plans and expected return time. • Know the location of the nearest emergency facilities.

  11. Ticks and Insects: • Be aware of ticks, especially in grassy or wooded areas. Wear appropriate clothing and use insect repellent.

  12. Seasonal Considerations: • Be prepared for seasonal changes, such as snow and ice in winter or extreme heat in summer.

  13. Time Management: • Start your hike early enough to ensure you have enough daylight to complete your chosen trail.

  14. Group Hiking: • If hiking in a group, maintain communication and stay together. Have a designated leader and sweep.

  15. Fitness Level: • Assess your fitness level honestly and choose trails that match your capabilities.

  16. Trail Closures or Alerts: • Check for any trail closures or alerts on the park’s website or at the main office before starting your hike. • Obey trail closure signs.

  17. Respect Local Regulations: • Familiarize yourself with and obey any local regulations, including leash laws for pets.

  18. Learn Basic First Aid: • It’s helpful to know basic first aid, such as treating minor injuries, sprains, or insect bites.

  19. Enjoy Nature: • Finally, remember to take in the beauty of Kivi Park and enjoy the natural surroundings while being a responsible hiker.

By following these guidelines, you can have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience at Kivi Park while preserving its natural beauty for future generations.

What is Kivi Park?

Kivi Park is a 12-month, 4-season attraction comprised of 480 acres of land and is a premier destination for outdoor health and wellness, sport and adventure. The park offers a 1.3km skate path through the forest, hiking, snowshoeing, fat biking, mountain biking and both classic and skate skiing trails. Canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding is also available at the Crowley Lake Outpost with options to portage to Linton Lake.

What is new at Kivi Park?

Disc Golf was introduced to Kivi Park during the summer of 2022. A 6 hole course is set up through the park’s birch forest.

Geocaching is coming to Kivi Park for summer 2023. A total of 15 geocahes will be hidden throughout the park. Stay tuned for the launch of our Geocahing page.

Do I need a Kivi Park Pass?

All visitors and guests are required to have a Kivi Park Pass to enter park property. Park passes can be purchased online. You will need to showcase your pass on your mobile, printed or wearing your annual badge.

How much is the Kivi Pass?

All Kivi Park Pass pricing is listed on our pass purchase page. Click here for current pricing.

What if I can’t afford a Kivi Pass, will I still be able to use the park?

We’ve created an Accessibility Fund through sponsorship and our Pay it Forward passes. People who do not have the means to pay can apply for the Fund on our website.

What parts of Kivi Park are covered by the Kivi Pass?

All the parts of Kivi Park that are on private land will require a pass, including the network of trails, the waterfront amenities, and the playground area. Children 6 and under will continue to enjoy these facilities for free, but other family members or visitors will require a Kivi Pass. The parts of Kivi Park on City property, such as the parking lot, multi-use fields, basketball courts, hockey rink and field house will remain free of charge.

Does the City of Sudbury own Kivi Park?

Kivi Park is a charity. The City of Sudbury owns the portion of the park that includes the main parking lot, multi-use sports field, hockey rink and field house.

How will passes be regulated?

Your pass card will have your name and expiry date. Passholders are required to carry their pass card with them at all times or have a photo of the card stored in their phone. You may, at random, be asked by a staff or volunteer to show your pass.

When will I have to purchase a Kivi Pass?

Passes have been required to enter Kivi Park property since February 1, 2020. An annual Kivi Pass is renewable one year from the month of purchase. For those applying to the Affordability Fund, please allow two weeks for application processing.

Why is there a fee for people to use the Park?

Kivi Park is a wonderful gift that has been given to the citizens of Sudbury through the generosity of Lily Fielding and her family. Kivi Park is a magnificent, four-season attraction covering 195 hectares (480 acres) on privately owned land, with 70+ kilometres of walking, bicycling, snowshoe, skiing and skating trails, in addition to waterfront amenities and activities.

As you can imagine, it is quite expensive to maintain a facility of this size and scope, approximately $400,000 a year.

Up to now, Kivi Park has been maintained through the generosity of private donors. In order to ensure Kivi Park is enjoyed by citizens for generations to come, we are launching a whole new way of managing Kivi Park for the future.

We are a charity organization governed by a Board of Directors drawn from prominent members of the community, with an Executive Director who is responsible for the daily management of Kivi Park. We launched a stewardship model that will include regular fundraising activities, sponsorship opportunities.

The Kivi Pass is available as an annual, week , weekend or day pass, with different rates. All passes can be purchased on the Kivi Park website and children 6 years of age and younger will continue to enjoy Kivi Park for free. Our rates are comparable to other charity and not-for-profit recreational facilities.

Passes are a common practice among other similar recreational facilities such as skiing and snowmobile trails, swimming pools and tourist attractions. We’re asking our patrons who use and enjoy Kivi Park to contribute toward its ongoing maintenance and further development.

I just purchased my Kivi Park Pass, how do I obtain my physical pass?

Your Kivi Park Pass will be mailed to you within two weeks of your purchase. If you haven’t received you pass, send us an email to info@kivipark.com. Some passes get lost in th email or get returned to the Kivi Park office. If this is the case, a Kivi Park staff will reprint your pass and mail it to you.

I just renewed my Kivi Park Pass will I receive a new pass?

Anyone who renews a pass will receive a new expiry date sticker in the mail. If you have lost your phycial card, send us an email at info@kivipark and we will send you a new card instead of a sticker.

Are dogs allowed on Kivi Park property?

Dogs are permitted on Kivi Park property, however they must be on leash and under control at all times. Owners are not permitted to walk their dogs off-leash no matter the time of day or area of the park. It is a by-law in Sudbury that all dog must be leashed when leaving your personal property.

Dogs are not permitted on Ski and Fat Bike Trails during grooming season.

Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2024

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