Want to know where to find some of Ontario’s best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, or tobogganing? You’ve come to the right place!
Cross-country ski in spectacular winter settings
Nineteen provincial parks offer some of Ontario’s best cross-country skiing. Trails are groomed and track set by local cross-country ski clubs depending on the park you choose. Check which parks have trails open in winter by using the Park Locator. TIPS: Get the latest ski conditions from The Park Ski Report. It gets updated once the snow flies and then is updated by park staff as conditions change. Need skis? Rentals are available at Arrowhead, The Pinery and Wasaga Beach Provincial Parks.
Snowshoes are made so light today that they’re easy to use and a great way to explore “off the beaten winter track”. Use the Park Locator to check which Ontario Parks have trails open in winter TIPS: Arrowhead, The Pinery, Wasaga Beach and Killarney Provincial Parks rent snowshoes and have designated snow shoe trails or try Mashkinonje Provincial Park, is one of Ontario Parks’ best kept snowshoeing secrets with 30 kilometres of looped snowshoe trails to explore.
Skate to music or skate through the woods
Skate to music at Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s giant outdoor skating rink or skate through the woods at MacGregor Point and Arrowhead Provincial Parks. The two parks turn summer campground loops into delightful skate paths that are kept lit at night. TIPS: Arrowhead Provincial Park rents skates and MacGregor Point Provincial Park has heated yurts for overnight stays. Algonquin Provincial Park added a new skating rink to its Mew Lake Campground which has heated yurts for overnight stays.
Toboggan or tube at Ontario Parks
When the snow flies in southwestern Ontario this winter, plan a tobogganing party at The Pinery Provincial Park. The toboggan hill is lit at night based on snow conditions and yurt and cabin rentals are available. Arrowhead Provincial Park has a great tubing hill and tubes are free to borrow with a park permit.
Spot winter wildlife
Ontario wildlife can be easier to spot in winter. Join a park winter event to learn about park wildlife or follow animal tracks in the snowy forest. Event listings are found on the Ontario Parks’ website. TIP: Algonquin Provincial Park hosts “Winter in the Wild” on Family Day Weekend that includes an evening wolf howl. Online, the Bushnell Critter cam is worth checking out for the glimpse it provides into the secret lives of animals in our parks.
Stay overnight in a heated yurt or cabin
Seven provincial parks across Ontario offer winter roofed accommodation. You’ll find a list of parks and links with our handy Park Locator. TIP: Try booking mid-week when parks are less busy or try a park that has added new yurts recently like Windy Lake Provincial Park. The Onaping Falls Nordic Ski Club maintains an excellent network of trails.