You’ve seen Wasaga Beach Provincial Park in the summer, but the winter season shows off a totally different side of the park.
Here are five reasons you need to plan a day trip this winter:
1. Exciting cross-country skiing trails
Wasaga Beach offers some of the best Nordic ski terrain in central Ontario, with over 30 km of groomed and track-set trails.
And whether you’re just starting or a cross-country ski veteran, there’s a trail for you. Expert skiers can challenge themselves on the High Dunes Trail, while beginner skiers can choose the more leisurely Blueberry Trail. The park also offers designated trails with skate skiing options.
The Wasaga Nordic and Trails Centre offers modern equipment rentals, light refreshments, and a warm-up outback ski shelter where you can enjoy your lunch on a crisp winter day at an open fire.
Check out the trail conditions online with the Ontario Parks Ski Report.
2. Snowshoeing opportunities
Wasaga Beach features a 7.5 km snowshoeing trail winding through a snow-covered forest.
The trail is split up into three sections for beginner, intermediate, and expert snowshoers.
3. You don’t need your own equipment
Not everyone owns their own skis and snowshoes, but we don’t want a lack of equipment to be a barrier to your winter adventures.
That’s why Wasaga Beach offers ski and snowshoe rentals for visitors who don’t have their own.
Come visit us at the Wasaga Nordic and Trails Centre to pick up your pair.
4. Wildlife viewing
Skiers and snowshoers aren’t the only occupants of Wasaga Beach in the winter; much of the park’s wildlife stays active too.
Quiet winter wanderers on the snowshoe and ski trails may be rewarded with sights of animals, including White-tailed Deer, rabbits, squirrels, and — if you’re especially lucky — Fishers and Coyotes.
Keep your eyes to the sky as well! Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, various sparrows and owls, and even Bald Eagles call Wasaga Beach home.
5. Ice sheet formations
Shelf ice appears along the shoreline at Wasaga Beach, formed when waves push sheet after sheet of ice against the beach.
It’s a great opportunity to snag some fantastic photographs.
However, make sure you enjoy the view from the safety of the solid shore. Stepping out onto the ice itself is dangerous, as many hidden thin spots and ice tunnels mean you might accidentally fall into the frigid water.
Plan a day visit today!
Wasaga Beach operates through the winter from mid-December to mid-March, weather permitting, and then in the summer from April to October.
For a special event, visit on Saturday, February 1 for a Moonlight Ski. Participants will ski a 4 km classic trail by torchlight, warm up by a fire, sip free hot chocolate, and enjoy a moonlit evening in the woods.
You can pick up ski and snowshoe trail passes at the Wasaga Nordic and Trails Centre. It’s important to contact the Centre or Park Office directly to review trail fees for individuals and groups, rental fees if required, and to check on trail conditions.