At the finish line!

Banner photo: Dan Ventrudo, via The Chronicle-Journal.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park hosted a hugely successful cross-country ski festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

The 41st annual Sleeping Giant Loppet attracted close to 800 skiers. They were supported by 200 volunteers, and another 100 friends and family cheering them on.

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The Cross Quetico Tour: a true winter adventure

Every March, cross-country skiers of all abilities descend on Quetico Provincial Park and the nearby town of Atikokan for the Cross Quetico Tour.

Normally known for its world-class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways become a winter venue for a ski adventure like no other.

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Trails set for Sleeping Giant Loppet

Today’s post comes from Peter Gallagher, coordinator of the annual Sleeping Giant Loppet.

Ready, set, ski!

Recent heavy snowfalls and warmer temperatures in the Thunder Bay area have combined to create fantastic conditions for cross-country skiing.

The full 50 km loop at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is ready and machine-groomed for both classic and skate techniques.

With the 41st annual Sleeping Giant Loppet scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018, skiers will be preparing to race in this iconic event.

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Skiing Quetico’s frozen wilderness

Today’s post comes from Quetico Provincial Park‘s Superintendent Trevor Gibb.

The smell of crisp clean pine and spruce trees. The sight of fresh moose, wolf, otter and hare tracks zigging and zagging across the path in front of you. The chirp of a chickadee. The crunch of the bright white snow and the gentle bite of the winter air on your cheeks.

This is cross-country skiing in a wilderness park. This is what winter is all about.

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How to get your kids to love cross-country skiing

Did you know 19 of our parks have cross-country trails, about half of them groomed?

Cross-country skiing is a great way for families to get outdoors and enjoy the winter together! It’s less expensive and safer than alpine skiing, it helps keep kids fit, and it’s a skill they’ll have their entire life.

Here are our top seven tips for getting kids hooked on cross-country skiing:

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Fun for all at the Sleeping Giant Loppet

Today’s post comes from Peter Gallagher, coordinator of the annual Sleeping Giant Loppet.

Looking to ski your winter blues away?

Why not attend the largest event in any Ontario provincial park?

The annual Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation cross-country skiing festival on the spectacular trail system of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

The Loppet is a longstanding winter tradition for many northwestern Ontario families. Mark your calendars: the 41st edition of the event is on March 3, 2018!

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Winter adventure in Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney Provincial Park is 645 km2 of beautiful, unspoiled nature. Add in some killer trails and comfy accommodations and you’ve got a total winter hotspot. It’s no wonder winter explorers flock to the park when the cold hits.

So what are you waiting for? Here’s everything you need to know to plan your own Killarney winter adventure this winter.

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February vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year and we have the PERFECT gift idea:

A romantic midweek getaway!

Snuggle up to your sweetheart in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available, even on February 14!

Accommodations featured below were available as of 10:00 am, January 24, 2017.

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January vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Start 2017 off right with a cozy winter staycation!

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this January in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors!

Accommodations featured below were available as of 3:30 pm, December 21, 2016.

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