Murphys Point skier

Skiing through Murphys Point

Looking for a cross-country ski destination in eastern Ontario?

In partnership with a wonderful local ski club, Murphys Point Provincial Park (only 1.25 hours from either Ottawa or Kingston) offers an ideal environment for winter adventure.

The trails

The Tay Valley Cross-Country Ski Club — in cooperation with the authorities at the park — grooms and track sets the 20 km network for classic and skate ski trails

grooming trails

While all trails are groomed, ongoing favourites are the Hardwood and Fallows Loops, followed by the Hogg Bay Loop. Two warm-up huts allow skiers to take a break between runs.

If you’re not a club member or Ontario Parks season’s pass holder, don’t forget to purchase a Day Use Permit at the reception kiosk in the winter parking lot.

Find the full trail map here, and check our Ski Report for trail conditions.

The club

Tay Valley Ski Club logoFounded in 1972, the Tay Valley Cross Country Ski Club is a volunteer, not-for-profit community organization. We’ve been celebrating our shared love of winter with the club for decades.

“The club is a passionate group who I’ve worked with directly for three years now,” says Josie Grenier, Assistant Superintendent at Murphys Point. “They are fun, easy to work with, and very knowledgeable on the sport of skiing.”

Clinics and events

Introducing a friend or family member to skiing? The club offers regular Jack Rabbit programs for youths, and Adult Clinics for newbie skiers.

Tay Valley also has three Moonlight Ski events planned for the winter of 2019, scheduled to correspond with the season’s full moons. Stay tuned to the club website for updates.

And, of course, be sure to register for the club’s biggest annual event:

Tay Valley Ski Club Loppet (Feb. 9, 2020)

loppet starting line

Don’t miss this fun annual event at Murphys Point Provincial Park (between Ottawa and Kingston)!

The loppet includes 10 km and 20 km races on our beautifully groomed ski trails. The 20 km event is part of the Ontario Masters Loppet Points Series.

There will also be a freestyle “Cookie Race” for young skiers!

A hearty post-race meal is included in the entry fee. All entries must be received by February 2, 2020.

Visit the ski club’s website to register.