Two skiiers on a forest trail

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 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.

boy skiing

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.

Group of skiiers warming up around a hut at Wasaga Beach

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.

Looking at a trail sign at Wasaga Beach

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.

Staff member pointing out skis in Wasaga Beach rental shop

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Adult and child with skis

 

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.

See you on the trails!