WILL WINTER EVER END? Yes it will but not for another month – at least. However, this can be a good thing. Late winter and early spring time can produce some of the best cross country skiing of the season.
Spring skiing is great because the snow is fast, the sun is warm, the days are longer, and people are generally just feeling good because they know that spring is on its way. On top of this, just being outside in the fresh air would make any day great.
The Muskoka region has Wasaga Beach and Collingwood. Highlands Nordic is a great ski club that is known across Canada. The 25km of groomed trails are located on Georgian Bay. They have a huge lodge that has pro-shop, rental department, equipment service shop, conference rooms, waxing facilities, change rooms, and showers.
Central Ontario has Algonquin Park. There are three trail networks. The Fen Lake trail is groomed and has a shelter and a toilet at the beginning of the trail, while the Leaf Lake trail is groomed and has a few shelters and toilets at various locations on the trail. The Minnesing trails are left for backcountry skiing. Canadian Geographic voted as one of Canada’s 10 best cross-country skiing getaway locations. While it is a bit of a drive from any major hubs in Ontario, it is definitely worth it.
Eastern Ontario has the Greenbelt. This area around Ottawa has over 150 km of trails, 40 km of it is groomed. There are many places to rent and buy equipment like Fresh Air Experience and Greg Christy’s.
Lastly, just on the Ontario – Quebec boarder is Gatineau Park. The 361 km2 park is a world-famous cross-country ski area. The 200 km of ski trails are meandering through the beautiful Gatineau Hills.
This is obviously just a small sample of what Ontario has to offer for skiing. So if you would like to find something a little closer to home, here are a few sites to help you find what you’re looking for. http://www.skiontario.ca/nordic or http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trail-activities/cross-country-skiing