With its breathtaking, snow-covered landscapes and kilometres of ski trails for all skill levels, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park stands out in northwestern Ontario as a snowy paradise.
Here are five awesome reasons to visit this winter wonderland, only an hour east of Thunder Bay:
1. Iconic cross-country skiing
Are you an experienced skier in search of a challenge? Are you a beginner looking for a leisurely trek through the forest? Either way, Sleeping Giant has a ski trail for you.
The park maintains 50 km of groomed and track-set trails for all skill levels. This includes both classic ski and skate skiing trails.
2. An international winter event
The annual Sleeping Giant Loppet is a mass participation cross-country ski event held on the park’s spectacular trail system.
Hundreds of cross-country skiers participate annually in this family friendly get-together. The Loppet features distances from 8 km to 50 km, with both casual and competitive events to choose from.
The 50 km free technique distance is the marquee competitive event of the Loppet. Elite skiers from across Canada and the mid-western United States challenge each other to get on the awards podium.
The Loppet will take place this year on Saturday March 7, 2020.
3. Strap on your snowshoes
Sleeping Giant’s winter guests can also bring their snowshoes and explore the park’s snow-covered trails.
Awe-inspiring scenery is a guarantee, and snowshoers may come upon wildlife viewing opportunities if they trek in silence.
Day visitors may prefer a shorter ‘shoe on the Sea Lion Trail to see its spectacular winter view, or just trek around the campground.
Dedicated snowshoers might be interested in exploring the Kabeyun Trail to Tee Harbour. Or, for the hardy, a trip up to the Top of the Giant Trail.
Both offer an overnight backcountry experience.
4. Comfortable roofed accommodations
We know that many visitors want a cozy place to warm up after a long day of winter fun. That’s why Sleeping Giant keeps its five rustic cabins open for reservations all season long.
You can find these cabins on the shore of Marie Louise Lake. They feature three bedrooms, a washroom with large shower, a fully equipped modern kitchen, propane fireplace, heated sun porch, and more.
Groups looking for a retreat or a meeting space nestled in nature can also rent out the recently renovated Ranger Lodge, which can accommodate 30 people overnight.
It’s available to rent from early September to mid-May
5. Winter scenery
The winter season shows a totally different side of the Sleeping Giant’s iconic cliffs and mesas.
Covered in snow and ice, the view of the Giant land formation (or from the top) is unforgettable.
Tip: one can’t-miss spot to see the Giant is at the Marie Louise Lake Viewing Point, the scenic point where Highway 587 intersects with Marie Louise Lake.
Plan your visit today
We can tell you more about winter at Sleeping Giant (ice fishing for perch, anyone?), but the only real way to experience it is to see it for yourself.
Visit our online reservation service to book one of the rustic cabins. You can also learn more about the Ranger Lodge or a backcountry trip by calling the park at 807-977-2526.
Day visitors can purchase a daily vehicle pass at one of two pay-and-display machines. The first is at Joeboy Lake adjacent to Highway 587 at the north end of the park. The other is adjacent to the Marie Louise Lake Gatehouse.
Or why not pick up a seasonal pass online so you can visit through the winter as much as you’d like?
See you on the trails soon!
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located an hour’s drive east from Thunder Bay along Highways 11/17 and 587.