Cross country skiers have lots of trails
available at the areas many ski hills and at a number of Conservation
Areas and Provincial Parks. Of course the resorts, such as Horseshoe,
Hardwood Hills and Blue, have extensive trail systems with a wide variety
of terrain to choose from.
If your looking to try a little winter camping
and some backcountry skiing Algonquin is just
a short distance away. You'll also find guiding companies which will take
you out on a sled dog tour through the wilds of the region.
- Algonquin- Make your own tracks, camp out or take
advantage of the park's yurts.
Point - The park has winter campsites as well as yurt's.
Cross Country Skiing
There are areas within the Toronto Region,
such as Albion hills, where you can do some nordic skiing. You can even
ski parts of the ravines, if the snow gods are with you. Failing that,
head north to the North Central Region to some of Ontario's best at Hardwood
Hills, Mansfield and Highland Nordic.
- See the cross country listing for Wasaga Beach
Village Resort Trails
- 20km, beginner-expert. The Cross country trails at the resort meander
through a variety of rolling terrain. The is a fee charged for trail usage.
From Hwy 60 follow the Hwy 35 east of Dwight to Muskoka Road 21 and the
resort. Dwight/Lake of Bays area, Muskoka
Resource Management Centre
- 8-10km, easy, loops. There are several trails to choose from, with some
following beside the Muskoka River, through the forests or along marshes
and open areas. Access is from east side of Hwy. 11 approximately 2.5km
to the north of the High Falls Bridge. Bracebridge Muskoka
- 17km, beginner-expert, groomed, rentals, waxing room, warm up hut. Located
between Gravenhurst and Bracebridge on Reay Road East off the Gravenhurst
Parkway. Gravenhurst, Muskoka
Hills - 36km, beginner-expert, groomed trails, rentals, dining, classical
& skating, school, accommodations. One of Ontario's best, the area
provides a mix of terrain with excellently laid out trails through mixed
forest. From the 401 take the 400 north, take exit 111 east on Doran Road.
Watch for Edgar which will take you into the center. Simcoe County
Nordic Centre (Duntroon) - 17km of groomed trails, rentals, waxing
area, cafeteria. One of Ontario's best known XC centers. Take exit 98
from the 400 north of Barrie and follow the 26 towards Wasaga Beach/Blue
Mountain. Pick up the 91 at Sunnidale Corners and continue to Duntroon.
The center is about a kilometre southwest of Duntroon on the 10th line.
Resort - 35km Groomed, Beginner-Expert. 1-1.5hrs north of Toronto.
From the 401 take highway 400 north passed Barrie to exit 117. Turn right
on Horseshoe Valley Road. Simcoe County
Uplands - 60
kms, Intermediate, Expert. The area has 16 trails over a wide variety
of terrain. There are a lot of difficult climbs and of course subsequent
down hills. Note: This is a very large tract of forested land and you
can get lost in the area be prepared (clothing, food, water and tools)
and make sure you're back at the parking lot well before dusk. Don't ever
ski alone. The map is available at the Ravenna General Store 6km north
of the parking lot. Buy it! From Highway 10 take the 4 east to Grey County
Road 2 where you head north. Drive for about 15km and watch for the The
trail entrance on your right.
XC Skiing - 20km, Beginner-Expert, 35km classic, 7km skating. The
area has a variety of terrain along with two nice viewpoints which overlook
the area. 1.5-2hrs from Toronto. From the 401 take highway 400 north to
exit 98 at Barrie, follow highway 27 north to Elmvale, head east on Simcoe
Rd 6 then head north on Lafontaine Road Penetanguishene, Simcoe County
- 40km, Groomed, Beginner-Expert, classical& skating. There
are machine groomed and track set trails that wind their way through hundreds
of acres of beautiful forest providing many picturesque views of the Mulmur
Hills. With a 40 km trail network you have a choice of 8 different trails
graded from novice to expert. This includes a 10 km dedicated skating
loop. From the 401 take highway 400 north and exit at highway 89 west.
Follow the 89 to Dufferin Road 18 then head north to the center. Mansfield,
Simcoe County, Central Ontario North
Beach - The
area has a number of interconnected loops which travel beside the Rankin
River. From Owen Sound follow the 6 to the 8 then head north on the 13
to the ski area. (519) 422-1405, Bruce County
There are several
groomed trails adding up to over 80km along the main corridor which
is well maintained in winter.
The Minnising Trail
- Beginner, Intermediate
Off of Hwy 60 in the main corridor in the southern sector of the park.
The trail consists of four overlapping loops with distances of 4.7km,
10.1km, 17.1km and 23.4.km. The longest loop will take you north of
Canisbay Lake, around Linda Lake and back around the west side of Polly
Lake. While some of the trail is made up of flats and rolling hills,
the longest loop is ardous unless your in great shape. Along this outer
loop here are a number of extended climbs that sap you as the kilometres
pile up. This is a wilderness park be prepared, carry appropriate clothing,
food, water and tools and never ski alone.
Fen Lake - Beginner
Just off of the main corridor, Hwy 60, very near the west gate. The
trails are a varied mix taking you past Heron Lake to Fen Lake and following
Gateway Creek back to the beginning of the loops system. The overlapping
loops are 1.25km, 5.2km, 11.4km and 13km in distance.
Just inside the east gate this is an extensive trail system with lots
of variations. As varied as the trail system the scenery is spectacular
shrub, to forest, from lake front to mountain. There are over a dozen
possible loops with distances from a few kilometers to over 50km.
tubing hill, skating, pro shop, lessons, waxing room. The park has a
set of interconnected loops, with varying degrees of difficulty, winding
through a forested area. Take the 400 to the 11 just passed Barrie and
continue on 5km passed the town of Huntsville to the park.
Provincial Park - Huntsville, Muskoka
interconnected loops, heated shelter. The park has four trails open
to skiers in the winter, the Brule (easy), the Wendat, Beach and the
Falls Conservation Area
- Owen Sound, Grey Sauble, Grey
not groomed. Located off Inglis Falls Road south of Owen Sound in Grey
Point Provincial Park - Bruce County
Old Shore Road Trail
6km, linear, easy.
This is the parks multi-use access trail stretching the length of the
waterfront. The trail provides connections to most of the parks features
and shoreline areas.
The trial consists of two connected loops of 1.6km (the easier of the
two) and 3.0km. You'll pass through areas of hardwood as well as wetlands.
Provincial Park - Simcoe County
The park has three
easy interconnected loops with distances of 2.4, 4.0 and 6.0km for a
total of 12.4km of trials. The trails work their way through wetlands
and forest including the remnants from a nursery which once occupied
the area. Simcoe County
Island Conservation Area
- Saugeen, Grey County
Skating & Classical. The trails are in a sheltered area of mixed
forest are groomed on a regular basis in the winter.
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park - Blueberry
Plains Trails, Simcoe County
Groomed Loops, Beginner-Expert, Rentals. Loops, Rentals, Warming Hut
and Shelters. The trail system works it's way through the dunes area
of the park, across the river south of the famous beach. Used for cross
country skiing in the winter the trails are a series of loops of varying
difficulties. The Monument Hill (4.5km) and the High Dunes Trail (5.8km)
are the most strenuous. The High Dunes provides a nice lookout from
one of the dunes. For something easy the Blueberry Plains Trail (4.0km)
is a good bet. The area's habitat is unique and very fragile, so keep
to the trail at all times. Watch for white tailed deer. snowshoe hares
and wild turkeys. Access to the trailhead is off of River Road West
at Glenwood Drive you head south along Blueberry Trail Access Road.
There is parking and a heated shelter in the winter for skiers. About
140km from Toronto. From the 401 take the 400 north to Barrie then take
the 26 north to the 27. At Elmvale take the 92 west to the park.
Marsh Wildlife Centre
Groomed Trails, Rentals. The trails work their way through hardwood
forests and rolling hills overlooking the famous wetland. From the 400
north of Barrie take exit 121 and follow Hwy. 93 north through the passed
Wyebridge to Hwy. 12. Follow the 12 east and watch for the sign.
- Snowboarding, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking (Chairlift)
Hiking, 720ft Vertical, Night Skiing, 12 Lifts/Tows, Boarding
Park, Super Pipe, Rentals, School, Kids Program, Lodges, Cafeterias,
Onsite Accomodations, Dining and Shopping. From the south
take the 400 north to
Barrie and take exit 98 to the 26. Follow the 26 west passed
Collingwood about 11km to Blue Mountain Road and the Resort.
Restaurants and accommodations are available at the resort
and in Collingwood. Collingwood, Simcoe County
Valley Highlands - Snowboarding,
Skiing, Night Skiing, School, Racing, Rentals, Cafeteria,
Daycare, Lounge, Onsite Accomodations. From the south follow
the 400 north passed Barrie to the split, then follow the
11 to the 60.. Turn off on Hidden Valley Road about six kilometres
before Huntsville. Huntsville, Muskoka
Resort - Snow Boarding, Skiing, Cross Country, 310ft Vertical,
Seven Lifts/Tows, Night Skiing, Terrain Park, School, Racing,
Tubing Park, Accomodations & Dining Onsite. From the south
follow the 400 north and take exit 117 east, then head south
on Horseshoe Valley Road to the resort. Simcoe County
St Louis Moonstone - Snowboarding, Downhill Skiing, Snowboard
Park, Vertical 500ft, 13 Lifts/Tows, Magic Carpet, School,
Rentals, Cafeterias, Lounge, Lodge, Off site Accomodations,
Child Care, Kids Program. From the south take the 400 north
passed Barrie about 25km to exit 131. Follow Mount St. Louis
Road to the hill. Barrie (Coldwater), Simcoe County
- Snow Boarding, Skiing, Cross Country, 600ft Vertical, 9
Lifts/Tows, Boarding Park, Rentals, School, Snow Tubing, Kids
Program, Lodge, Cafeteria, Spa, Dining & Accomodations
Onsite. From the south follow the 10 (or 410 to the 10) through
Shelburne to Flesherton. Head east on the 4, then take the
13 north to the 7 just passed Kimberly where you'll see the
to the resort. Kimberly, Grey County
- Algonquin - There
is a dedicated snow shoeing trail just off of the
Minnising Trail and of course the whole park is open
to possibilities. All the trails except the ski trails
can be used for snowshoeing. Inquire with the park
(or better still help support the Friends of Algonquin
by purchasing a trail description - See the Literature
section to find trails that are suitable to your skill
and fitness level. Of course the rest of the park
is accessible too but ensure you have the orienteering
skills, map and compass before you venture off trail.
Provincial Park - Designated snowshoe trail in
the form of the Stubb's Falls Trail which starts at
Arrowhead Lake. Take the 400 to the 11 just passed
Barrie and continue on 5km passed the town of Huntsville
to the park. Huntsville, Muskoka