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Winter adventure in Arrowhead Provincial Park

Planning a visit to Arrowhead Provincial Park?

We’re asking everyone to do their part to minimize the risk to yourself and others by following all public health advice and only engaging in outdoor activities close to where you live.

Get the latest capacity updates here:


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

  1. What’s different this year?
  2. When is the park open?
  3. Do I need to wear a mask?
  4. Is the park hosting Fire and Ice nights this year?
  5. How do I avoid crowds / lineups?
  6. What is there to do at the park?
  7. Is the skate trail / tubing hill / ski trail open?
  8. How do I get to Arrowhead?
  9. Where do I park?
  10. How much does it cost?
  11. Can I rent skates / skis / snowshoes?
  12. Are there washrooms?
  13. Can I stay overnight?
  14. Is food available for sale?
  15. Where can I go if the park gets crowded / is already full?

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1. What’s different this year?

The safety of our visitors and staff is always our top priority.

In order to place priority for cleaning and disinfection on essential areas and high-touch surfaces and to allow physical distancing, we will be unable to offer the following services this year:

  • tubing hill
  • skijoring
  • communal fire at the skating trail and in other day use areas
  • special events including races and Fire and Ice nights

In addition, we have implemented measures to address overcrowding and promote physical distancing in our park spaces and buildings, including limiting occupancy for day-use.

These items are currently unavailable but may be available later this season:

  • equipment rentals
  • visitor centre
  • park store

We’re counting on people to be responsible when enjoying winter at Arrowhead.

Continue to follow public health advice including:

  • physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others
  • wearing a face covering where required and when physical distancing may be challenging or not possible
  • washing hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

We appreciate your cooperation and shared commitment to safety.

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2. When is the park open?

The park is open all fall and winter long.

Availability of skating and skiing is weather dependent, with skiing typically becoming available in mid-December and skating beginning in January.

Check our Twitter for updates.

Park hours:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ice trail hours: 

Daily: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Note: Ice trail is closed between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for maintenance daily

Remember: Arrowhead can get EXTREMELY busy during peak times.

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3. Do I need to wear a mask?

Arrowhead is located within the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, and visitors are asked to wear a mask or face covering when visiting indoor facilities, such as park offices and washrooms.

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4. Is the park hosting Fire and Ice nights this year?

To reduce overcrowding and promote physical distancing, Arrowhead will not be hosting any Fire and Ice events this season.

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5. How do I avoid crowds / lineups?

  • Plan a weekday trip
  • Avoid Arrowhead’s busiest times:
    • any weekend (especially Saturday) between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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6. What is there to do at the park?

  • Skating: Glide through the forest on Arrowhead’s 1.3 km ice trail
  • Tubing: Unavailable this season
  • Cross-country skiing: There are 28 km of classic ski trails and 16 km 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, enjoy winter birding, or winter camping

Arrowhead has a Pavilion for warm up space this winter which has a capacity of 10 people with current restrictions in place.

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7. Is the ice skating trail / ski trail open?

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

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8. 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.
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9. 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 or skiing trails
  • Stop and purchase a park permit and then continue into the park to reach winter facilities

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

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10. How much does it cost?

If you’re not skiing, you need:

  • A daily vehicle permit ($18 weekdays, $21 weekends) — this covers anyone in your vehicle (note: these are available at the park on a first come, first served basis)

OR

Arrowhead skiers

If you are skiing, you need:

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

OR

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

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11. Can I rent skates / skis / snowshoes?

No — rentals are currently not available.

 

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12. Are there washrooms available?

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

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13. Can I stay overnight?

Yes!  This season visitors can enjoy winter camping at Arrowhead.

We also offer cozy camp cabins. Winter weekends tend to fill up well in advance, but there are often midweek vacancies.

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Please be advised that our showers will remain closed.

Check our reservation site for availability.

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14. Is food available for purchase?

No — food is not available for purchase.  It is best to bring your own food.

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

Algonquin Provincial Park

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Mew Lake Campground, Algonquin Provincial Park

If Arrowhead is already full, you may want to check out nearby Algonquin, which 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)

Explore the region

Looking for more attractions, events, and accommodations for your winter trip?

Check out Discover Muskoka or Explorers’ Edge for ideas!