offers several kilometres of packed, groomed trails with plenty of room for snowshoeing.
Photo by Goh Irom
More experienced snowshoe enthusiasts will find what they’re looking for in locations such as provincial parks and conservation area.
Hiking trails at each of these places are well suited for snowshoeing. In some cases, the trails are well packed due to their popularity but there is always room to step off the beaten path and make your own trail through fresh powder snow.
Hazelwood Lake, A Local FavouritE
Photo by Richard Boon
Hazelwood Lake is one of my favourite spots. Start from the visitor’s centre (operated by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority) and hike down the hill onto the lake. Then aim for any of the ice fishing spots that are usually found scattered around the lake, or follow the shoreline around to the causeway and then walk back along the road to the centre to make it a loop. You may even see or hear wolves, which are a common site at the conservation area.
Rentals at Loch Lomond Ski Area
Loch Lomond Ski Area
, in the Nor’wester Mountain Range (a close drive out Highway 61 from your Thunder Bay hotel) has 3-km of snowshoe trails. Loch Lomond
offers snowshoe rentals, so it’s a great way to discover the sport before investing in your own gear. Speaking of hotels, the Nor’wester Best Western
is situated close to Loch Lomond on Highway 61, your connecting road to the US border.
Looking for an Epic Adventure
If you’re looking for someone to snowshoe with, Epic Adventures
in Nipigon has several outings scheduled throughout the winter and everyone is welcome to join them. Some of their treks will take you to scenic lookouts over Lake Superior like those on the 8k Nipigon River Trail
that connects the north shore communities of Nipigon
and Red Rock
Hook up with Hiking Association
The local Thunder Bay hiking club recently received approval from Ontario Parks to cut a new 1.5K section of trail to connect the High Falls and Middle Falls trails. The trail offers stunning views of Lake Superior with the hike to Middle Falls and return by way of the Old Logging Road making for a great 10K loop. There are some steep climbs and descents that will challenge you but it's well worth the effort.
Beyond the Giant