Imagine a couple newly in love ditching their trip down south to sleep in a yurt in northern Ontario and snowshoe the week away while communing with nature.
That is exactly what one young couple did a few years ago after deciding to winter camp at Windy Lake, north of Sudbury. With the wood stove to keep them warm at the chalet and a whole lot of wanderlust to help them snowshoe through the park, the couple had a blast. And why not?
Summer campers love Ontario Parks but many have never experienced their favourite park in winter. Ontario Parks aims to change that. Nineteen provincial parks are open this winter season with cross-country trails to ski. Thirteen have groomed or track-set trails. And eight of the nineteen have comfortable roofed accommodation for rent. Designated snowshoe trails are in many parks. Some have skating and tubing too. Three parks will host ski loppets. Another will host an annual snowshoe race and at least five plan to celebrate February’s Family Day weekend with special events. Below are tips to help visitors plan their own exotic park adventure this winter:
Whether you ski for fun, race, or love a good workout, cross-country skiing is an opportunity to see Ontario Parks at their winter best. Ontario Parks’ have some of the best cross-country skiing in Canada. Local nordic ski clubs help us to maintain many park trail networks. In Arrowhead, Sleeping Giant, and Quetico Provincial Parks, there are also annual ski loppets you can join. These have become increasingly popular with cross-country skiers. These ‘loppet’ parks also have heated roofed accommodation in the form of cabins, cottages and yurts. While the roofed accommodations often book up quickly during loppets or on weekends, mid-week bookings are still pretty easy to get, even at the last minute. If you can’t find availability, try Resorts of Ontario, which has a range of member resorts located near Ontario Parks across the province. Family Day is also a big deal at select Ontario Parks every winter. For a look at Family Day 2015, check the Park Blog events post. A complete listing of winter events is on the Ontario Parks web site at http://www.ontarioparks.com/events.
The 36th annual Sleeping Giant Loppet was held at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on March 4. Over 800 skiers registered for the 50 km, 35 km, 20 km and 8 km events. This year the Number 1 bib was presented to recently retired Park Superintendent Al Comeau. Continue reading 36th Annual Sleeping Giant Loppet Great Success
Every March, the sap flows from trees and birds begin their journey north making pit stops at parks along the lower Great Lakes. The weather is milder allowing for more outdoor play. Special March Break events for 2013 are planned in many Ontario Parks including a maple syrup festival, a fun cross-country ski touring event and two big birding festivals. Guided hikes and natural heritage activities are planned for March weekends in select Ontario Parks across the province. Continue reading 2013 March Break events at Ontario Parks
Wasaga Nordic staff want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us during the 2010-2011 season. We have had fantastic ski conditions for most of the winter, and with the amount of snow that we still have and continue to receive, we are looking forward to a great March Break. Continue reading Wasaga Beach Winter Fun!