Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in Ontario  by Tracey Arial

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing in Ontario Guide Book

by Tracey Arial (Ulysses Travel Guides)
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in Ontario  by Tracey Arial
Looking for the best places to cross-country ski and snowshoe in Ontario? This guide has them covered! You'll find clear directions, detailed descriptions and a list of the author's favorites. You'll even get a quick geography lesson, to better appreciate your surroundings. All this, plus the art of ski waxing demystified! Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in Ontario is the only guide to cover all the best places to cross-country ski and snowshoe in Ontario! This guide offers: more than 200 skiing and snowshoeing areas all across the province; clear indications of difficulty levels; advice on preparing your excursions; and nearly 20 detailed maps.

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Plan on wearing your skis just about everywhere in central Ontario, an area that takes its cross-country skiing very seriously! Snowshoeing is also quite popular in the region. Central Ontario includes the Kawartha Lakes region, Algonquin Park and the northern coast of Georgian Bay. Major cities are: Barrie, Bracebridge, Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Haliburton, Huntsville, Lindsay, Midland, Orillia, Peterborough, and the Town of the Blue Mountains. This part of the province is the best-known cross-country destination, thanks to its plentiful snowfall and stunning scenery.
Barrie, ON - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: Various
Ontario’s cultural hotspot doesn’t get enough snow to be a cross-country skiing and snowshoeing mecca, but there are several areas in the region that have a reputation for decent trails when snow cover is good, and others that benefit from sheltered locations that hold the snow well. The Greater Toronto chapter includes Aurora, Bolton, Bradford, Brampton, Brantford, Cambridge, Oshawa, Port Hope, Pickering, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, and the city of Toronto. Lake Ontario, the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine are the most important physical features in the region. This Trail Guide includes descriptions of Albion Hills Conservation Area, Crawford Lake Conservation Area and Iroquoian Village, Dagmar Resort, Durham Regional Forest Main Tract, Five Winds Touring Club, Ganaraska Forest, High Park, Hilton Falls Conservation Area, Kortright Centre for Conservation, Long Sault Conservation Area, Mountsberg Conservation Area, Northumberland County Forest, Orono Crown Lands, Seaton Hiking Trail, Seneca College Nordic Ski Centre, Skyloft Ski & Country Club, and Trakkers Cross Country Ski Club.
Toronto, ON - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 380
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Two Great Lakes and the Niagara Escarpment surround the Niagara Peninsula, making its cross-country skiing and snowshoeing season extremely short. It rarely gets any significant snow cover and some years, there’s no snow cover at all. The Niagara Peninsula includes Burlington, Grimsby, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the- Lake, St. Catharines, Stoney Creek and Welland. This area is sheltered by the Niagara Escarpment and includes the Welland Canal, Carolinian forests and an unusually rich variety of bird species. This Trail Guide includes descriptions of Ball's Falls Heritage Conservation Area, Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, Binbrook Conservation Area, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Chippawa Creek Conservation Area, Christie Lake Conservation Area, Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Fifty Point Conservation Area, Long Beach, Niagara River Recreation Trail, Rockway Conservation Area, St. Catherines Trail System, St. Johns Conservation Area, Short HIlls Provincial Park, Steve Bauer Trail, and Valens Conservation Area.
Hamilton, ON - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 205
An adventurous attitude and a pair of hiking boots are just as necessary as your snowshoeing and ski equipment when travelling in southern Ontario during the winter. Southern Ontario lies between Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Major cities in the area include Goderich, Guelph, Kitchener, Leamington, London, Orangeville, Sarnia, Stratford, Tobermory, Wasaga Beach, Windsor and Woodstock. This relatively flat region is known for Carolinian forests, oak savanna, vast farms, sandy beaches and flowing rivers. This Trail Guide includes descriptions of Allan Park Management Unit, The University og Guelph Arboretum, Avon Trail, Backus Heritage Conservation Area, Bannockburn Wildlife Management Area, Brant Tract, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Colpoy's Ski Trail, Elora-Cataract Trail, Falls Reserve Conservation Area, Fanshawe Conservation Area, Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, Glenelg Ski Trails, Goderich to Auburn Rail-Trail (GART), Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway, Hay Swamp Management Area, Hullett Wildlife Area, Inverhuron Provincial Park, Kinghurst Management Unit, Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Longwoods Road Conservation Area, Lynn Valley Trail, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Maitland Trail and Menesetung Bridge, Mono Nordic Ski Club, Morrison Dam Conservation Area, Naftel's Creek Conservation Area, Pinehurst Lake, Pinery Provincial Park, Point Pelee National Park, Port Elgin Ski Trails, Pottawatomi Conservation Area.
Goderich, ON - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 450
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Several long-distance hiking trails located throughout Ontario welcome snowshoers and cross-country skiers come wintertime. The Multi-Region Trail chapter provides basic information about those trails that cross regional borders. This Trail Guide includes descriptions of Bruce Trail, Ganaraska Trail, Grand Valley Trail, National Hiking Trail, Oak Ridges Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Voyageur Trail, and Waterfront Trail.
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: Various
The allure of three distinct types of scenery attracts skiers and snowshoers to eastern Ontario. Eastern Ontario is the area north of Lake Ontario that borders on Québec. Major cities are: Belleville, Brockville, Cornwall, Gananoque, Kanata, Kingston, Nepean, Ottawa, and Trenton. This ancient marine bed is known for its pink granite, rock paintings, abandoned mines, farming estates, vast marshes and the Rideau Canal. This Trail Guide includes descriptions of Baxter Conservation Area, Bonnechere Provincial Park, Depot Lakes Conservation and Campground, Foley Mountain, Forest Lea Cross Country Ski Trails, Frink Centre, Frontenac Provincial Park, Gooderich - Loomis Conservation Area, Gould Lake Conservation Area, Gray's Creek Conservation Area, Kawartha Nordic Ski Club, Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, Meisel Woods Conservation Area, Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, Mill Pond Conservation Area, Mount Pakenham, Murphys Point Provincial Park, Nakkertok Cross Country Ski Club, Nangor Resort, Parrott's Bay Conservation Area, Perth Wildlife Reserve, Rideau Trail, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Silent Lake Provincial Park.
Ottawa, ON - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: Various
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An exciting wilderness retreat, northeastern Ontario was made for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing adventures. Northeastern Ontario includes the northern coasts of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron and leads north to James Bay. Major cities include: North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Timmins. This region, which also includes Manitoulin Island, has become known for a landscape of rock ridges, raging lakes and rivers, and stunted trees made famous by the renowned Group of Seven painters. This Trail Guide includes descriptions of Blind River Cross-Country Ski Club, Cambrian College, Capreol Cross-Country Ski Club, Cedar Rail Ranch Resort, Education Centre Ski Trails, Elliott Lake Cross Country Ski Club, Fort Creek Conservation Area, Iron Bridge Ski Trail System, Kamiskotia Snow Resort, Kap-Kig-Iwan, Kapuskasing, Kettle Lakes Provincial Park, Killarney Provincial Park, Kukagami Lodge, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Mattagami Ski Club, Mississagi Provincial Park.
Sudbury, ON - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: Various
The longest snow season belongs to northwestern Ontario. Skiing and snowshoeing can begin as early as November and almost always continue until mid-April, and at times into the first week of May. Northwestern Ontario is the area north of Lake Superior that extends to Lake of the Woods and the Manitoba border. Major cities include: Atikokan, Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Marathon, Nipigon and Thunder Bay. Only a few trails have pierced this vast mysterious region of impenetrable rock, huge canyons and waterfalls, making it a prime location for daring adventurers. This Trail Guide includes descriptions of Beaten Path Nordic Trails, Centennial Park, Club Minaki, Dryden Ski Club, Hazelwood Lake Conservation Area, Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, Kamview Nordic Centre, Lappe Nordic Centre, Longlac Cross Country Ski Club, Marathon Cross-Country Ski Club, Mink Mountain Resort, Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area, Nordic Nomads Ski Club, Northern Trails Ski Club, Quetico Provincial Park, Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club, Red Lake District Cross-Country Club, Rendezvous Cross Country Ski Club, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Superior Cross-Country Ski Club (Main), White River Community Trails, and Superior Cross-Country Ski Club (Rainbow Falls).
Thunder Bay, ON - Cross-Country Skiing - Trail Length: 262
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