Arrowhead skate trail

Winter adventure in Arrowhead Provincial Park

Skating through the forest under the stars has become a bucket-list item for Ontarians.

But the secret’s out. On busy weekends, Arrowhead Provincial Park often hits capacity and has to turn away eager visitors.

Get the latest capacity updates here:


We’ve assembled a list of frequently asked questions and top tips for planning your Arrowhead adventure:

  1. When is the park open, and when are the special events?
  2. How do I avoid crowds / lineups?
  3. What is there to do at the park?
  4. Is the skate trail / tubing hill / ski trail open?
  5. How do I get to Arrowhead?
  6. Where do I park?
  7. How much does it cost?
  8. Can I rent skates / skis / snowshoes?
  9. Are there washrooms / places to warm up?
  10. Can I stay overnight?
  11. Is food available for sale?
  12. How do I arrange a group trip (schools, etc.)?
  13. Where can I go if the park gets crowded / is already full?

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1. When is the park open?

2018-19 Operating dates are December 14, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

Park hours:

  • December & January: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • February: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • March: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ice trail hours: 

  • Daily: 11:00 am — park closes (please note: on Fire and Ice nights, the skate trail is closed for maintenance from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm)

In addition, the park is open for torchlit skating between 6:00 and 9:00 pm  on Fire and Ice nights (weather permitting):

  • Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019

Remember: Arrowhead can get EXTREMELY busy during peak times.

Loppets and competitions

The annual Muskoka Loppet will be held at Arrowhead on January 27, 2019.

Ontario 55+ Cross Country Ski competition will be held on March 6 and 7, 2019.

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2. How do I avoid crowds / lineups?

    • Plan a weekday trip
    • Avoid Arrowhead’s busiest times:
      • any weekend (especially Saturday) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
      • Saturday evening Fire and Ice nights


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      3. What is there to do at the park?

      • Skating: Glide through the forest on Arrowhead’s 1.3 km ice trail
      • Tubing: access to Arrowhead’s tubing hill is included in your daypass. Tubes are provided (only park-provided tubes are allowed on the hill; no toboggans)
      • Cross-country skiing: There are 28 km of classic ski trails and 16km of skate ski trails, ranging from beginner to expert level
      • Snowshoeing: explore the 8+ km of marked snowshoe trails, as well as off-trail snowshoeing through mature hardwood forest
      • Other winter activities: go for a snowy hike or try skijoring

      Arrowhead Visitor Centre

      Arrowhead has a new Visitor Centre with a warm-up room, where visitors can sit by the fireplace after enjoying the outdoors.

      A Pro-Shop in the Visitor Centre has rental equipment for classic skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating. The large room with the fireplace also has tables and chairs where you can have your lunch.


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      4. Is the ice skating trail / tubing hill / ski trail open?

      Winter outdoor activities are always weather dependent. Check park conditions before you leave home, as some activities could be closed:

          • Call Arrowhead’s automated telephone service: 705-789-5105 (updated daily at 9:00 am)
          • Check out the Ski Report on the Ontario Parks website (updated daily at 9:00 am)
          • Follow Arrowhead on Twitter for live updates


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      5. How do I get to Arrowhead?

      Arrowhead Provincial Park is 7 km north of Huntsville, off Hwy 11. Take exit 226, turn right onto Muskoka Road 3, and then turn left onto Arrowhead Park Road.

      No car? Take ParkBus!

      For Toronto residents, ParkBus is a terrific way to get out of the city to spend the day in nature!

      This winter, ParkBus has planned trips to Arrowhead on:

      • January 12, 2019
      • January 26, 2019
      • February 9, 2019
      • February 23, 2019

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      6. Where do I park?

      When you drive into the park (particularly on a Saturday), you may see a line up. Please be patient; park staff are working as fast as possible to get you in to enjoy the park!

      When you arrive:

          • Watch for park staff  or signage to direct you to the appropriate parking lot. Please do not park on the road
          • There are multiple parking lots. Be ready to walk 200-400 m to the skating, tubing or skiing trails
          • Stop and purchase a park permit and then continue into the park to reach winter facilities
          • All rental equipment has been relocated to the new Visitor Centre

      Please Note: All vehicles entering the park must obtain and display a valid park permit.

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      7. How much does it cost?

      If you’re not skiing, you need:

          • A daily vehicle pass ($17 weekdays, $20 weekends) — this covers anyone in your vehicle

      OR

      Arrowhead skiers

      If you are skiing, you need:

          • daily ski pass — this is a per-person cost
            • $7 (6-17)
            • $15 (18+)
            • $10 (65+)

      OR

        • a season ski pass — this is a per-person cost
          • $60 (6-17)
          • $150 (18+)
          • $360 (family: 2 adults and children until 18)


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          8. Can I rent skates / skis / snowshoes?

          Yes — skate, snowshoe and skate ski rentals are available at Arrowhead’s new Visitor Centre. We do not rent helmets. Please bring your own.

          Rental rates:

          Ice skates (3 hours) $10.00
          Snowshoes (half day)

          Snowshoes family rate (half day)

          $10.00

          $30.00

          Cross-country skis, boots, poles Classic Skate Ski
          Adult (full day) $23.00 $30.50
          Adult (half day)* $17.50 $23.00
          Youth<18 (full day) $17.50 $23.00
          Youth<18 (half day)* $13.00 $17.50
          Family (full day) $72.00 $96.00
          Family (half day)* $55.00 $72.00

          *Please note half day rentals start at 1 pm. 


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          9. Are there washrooms / places to warm up?

          Yes. There are washrooms across the road from the Park Office, at the entrance to the skate trail, and at the Visitor Centre.

          There is a warm-up area with a fireplace at the new Visitor Centre, as well as tables and chairs where you can enjoy your lunch.

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          10. Can I stay overnight?

          New Arrowhead cabinsVisitors love spending winter nights in Arrowhead’s cozy camp cabins.

          Winter weekends tend to fill up well in advance, but there are often midweek vacancies.

          Check our reservation site for availability.

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          11. Is food available for purchase?

          There are some very basic munchies available (chips and chocolate bars) available at the Park Office. It is best to bring your own food or take a break and drive into Huntsville (only a 10-minute drive). Your day-use permit will allow you to exit and re-enter the park as many times you like on that day.

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          12. How do I arrange a group trip (schools, etc.)?

          If you are interested in bringing a large group such as a school youth group or an adult group please contact the park directly by calling 705-789-5105 ext. 224 or email arrowheadgroupinfo@ontario.ca

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          13. Where can I go if the park gets crowded / is already full?

          Algonquin Provincial Park

          Mew Lake Campground, Algonquin Provincial Park

          Your Arrowhead day pass is also valid for Algonquin Provincial Park.

          Algonquin has:

          • skating (at Mew Lake campground, a one-hour drive from Arrowhead)
          • snowshoeing
          • cross-country skiing (it’s only a 35 minute drive to Fen Lake Trails, or just over an hour to Leaf Lake)
          • an excellent Visitor’s Centre (restaurant open on weekends, just over an hour away)

          Don’t miss Algonquin’s popular Winter in the Wild Festival on Feb. 16, 2019.

          Explore the region

          Looking for more attractions, events and accommodations for your winter trip? Check out Discover Muskoka or Explorers’ Edge for ideas!

      • Plan a weekday trip
      • Avoid Arrowhead’s busiest times:
        • any weekend (especially Saturday) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
        • Saturday evening Fire and Ice nights


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        3. What is there to do at the park?

        • Skating: Glide through the forest on Arrowhead’s 1.3 km ice trail
        • Tubing: access to Arrowhead’s tubing hill is included in your daypass. Tubes are provided (only park-provided tubes are allowed on the hill; no toboggans)
        • Cross-country skiing: There are 28 km of classic ski trails and 16km of skate ski trails, ranging from beginner to expert level
        • Snowshoeing: explore the 8+ km of marked snowshoe trails, as well as off-trail snowshoeing through mature hardwood forest
        • Other winter activities: go for a snowy hike or try skijoring

         

      • Arrowhead has a new visitor Centre with a warm-up room with fireplace where you can warm up after enjoying the outdoors. A Pro-Shop in the Visitor Centre has rental equipment for Classic Skiing, skate skiing, snow shoeing or ice skating. The large room with the fireplace also has tables and chairs where you can have your lunch.
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        4. Is the ice skating trail / tubing hill / ski trail open?

        Winter outdoor activities are always weather dependent. Check park conditions before you leave home, as some activities could be closed:

        • Call Arrowhead’s automated telephone service: 705-789-5105 (updated daily at 9:00 am)
        • Check out the Ski Report on the Ontario Parks website (updated daily at 9:00 am)
        • Follow Arrowhead on Twitter for live updates


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        5. How do I get to Arrowhead?

        Arrowhead Provincial Park is 7 km north of Huntsville, off Hwy 11. Take exit 226, turn right onto Muskoka Road 3, and then turn left onto Arrowhead Park Road.

        No car? Take ParkBus!

        For Toronto residents, ParkBus is a terrific way to get out of the city to spend the day in nature!

        This winter, ParkBus has planned trips to Arrowhead on:

      • January 12, 2019
      • January 26, 2019
      • February 9, 2019
      • February 23, 2019

      • ____________________________________________________________

        6. Where do I park?

        When you drive into the park, you may see a line up. Please be patient; park staff are working as fast as possible to get you in to enjoy the park!

        When you arrive:

        • Watch for park staff  or signage to direct you to the appropriate parking lot. Please do not park on the road
        • There are multiple parking lots. Be ready to walk 200-400 m to the skating, tubing or skiing trails
        • Stop and purchase a park permit and then continue into the park to reach winter facilities
        • All rental equipment has been relocated to the new Visitor Centre

        Please Note: All vehicles entering the park must obtain and display a valid park permit.

        ____________________________________________________________

        7. How much does it cost?

        If you’re not skiing, you need:

        • A daily vehicle pass ($17 weekdays, $20 weekends) — this covers anyone in your vehicle

        OR

        Arrowhead skiers

        If you are skiing, you need:

        • daily ski pass — this is a per-person cost
          • $7 (6-17)
          • $15 (18+)
          • $10 (65+)

        OR

        • a season ski pass — this is a per-person cost
          • $60 (6-17)
          • $150 (18+)
          • $360 (family: 2 adults and children until 18)


          ____________________________________________________________

          8. Can I rent skates / skis / snowshoes?

          Yes — skate, snowshoe and skate ski rentals are available at Arrowhead’s new Visitor Centre. We do not rent helmets. Please bring your own.

          Rental rates:

          Ice skates (3 hours) $10.00
          Snowshoes (3 hours) $12.00
          Cross-country skis, boots, poles Classic Skate Ski
          Adult (full day) $23.00 $30.50
          Adult (half day)* $17.50 $23.00
          Youth<18 (full day) $17.50 $23.00
          Youth<18 (half day)* $13.00 $17.50
          Family (full day) $72.00 $96.00
          Family (half day)* $55.00 $72.00

          *Please note half day rentals start at 1 pm. 


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          9. Are there washrooms / places to warm up?

          Yes. There are washrooms across the road from the Park Office and heated washrooms at the Skate Trail.

          Two trailers have been brought in to Birches parking area to provide warm up space for visitors.

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          10. Can I stay overnight?

          New Arrowhead cabinsVisitors love spending winter nights in Arrowhead’s cozy camp cabins.

          Winter weekends tend to fill up well in advance, but there are often midweek vacancies.

          Check our reservation site for availability.

          ____________________________________________________________

          11. Is food available for purchase?

          There are some very basic munchies available (chips and chocolate bars) available at the Park Office. It is best to bring your own food or take a break and drive into Huntsville (only a 10-minute drive). Your day-use permit will allow you to exit and re-enter the park as many times you like on that day.

          ____________________________________________________________

          12. How do I arrange a group trip (schools, etc.)?

          If you are interested in bringing a large group such as a school youth group or an adult group please contact the park directly by calling 705-789-5105 ext. 224 or email arrowheadgroupinfo@ontario.ca

          ____________________________________________________________

          13. Where can I go if the park gets crowded / is already full?

          Algonquin Provincial Park

          Mew Lake Campground, Algonquin Provincial Park

          Your Arrowhead day pass is also valid for Algonquin Provincial Park.

          Algonquin has:

          • skating (at Mew Lake campground, a one-hour drive from Arrowhead)
          • snowshoeing
          • cross-country skiing (it’s only a 35 minute drive to Fen Lake Trails, or just over an hour to Leaf Lake)
          • an excellent Visitor’s Centre (restaurant open on weekends, just over an hour away)

          Don’t miss Algonquin’s popular Winter in the Wild Festival on Feb. 16, 2019.

          Explore the region

          Looking for more attractions, events and accommodations for your winter trip? Check out Discover Muskoka or Explorers’ Edge for ideas!