Winter adventures at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

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 four 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.

Cross-country skier with kids

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.

Group of skiiers warming up around a hut at Wasaga Beach

Check out the trail conditions online with the Ontario Parks Snow Report.

2. Snowshoeing opportunities

Wasaga Beach features a 7.5 km snowshoeing trail winding through a snow-covered forest.

couple snowshoeing

The trail is split up into three sections for beginner, intermediate, and expert snowshoers.

3. 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.

Red squirrel in the winter

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.

Winter Cardinal

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.

4. 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.

bird flying over Wasaga Beach ice shelves
Photo: Enrique Photo Art

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.

The Wasaga Beach Nordic and Trail Centre is located at 101 Blueberry Trail, Wasaga Beach. Parking is available at the trailhead.

Adult and child with skis

You can pick up ski and snowshoe trail passes at the Wasaga Beach Nordic and Trail Centre. Passes may be used for skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking.

Trail fees are available here, and rentals are available at individual, family, and group rates.

Trail passes are sold on a per person basis. Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is located within the Town of Wasaga Beach, and this fee structure allows us to offer maintained winter trails in an area where many of our users have walk-in access.

Before you visit, be sure to check the local weather forecast, our Snow Report for trail conditions, and our Twitter page for any operational updates.

See you on the trails!