Our region is home to some of the finest Nordic skiing in the world from well groomed trail systems to bold back-country treks through snowy landscapes of frozen lakes, ice falls and winter wildlife. There are many great places to cross country ski here and below are four skiing getaways that you need to experience -- keep in mind these are just a sample of the amazing cross country ski adventures found here.
From networks of trails just minutes from urban centres to lodges offering winter adventures off the beaten track, no matter which getaway you pick, be assured that you'll find a real winter adventure.
Sault Ste. Marie locals love this trail system no matter what time of year. In the winter, this conservation area is transformed into a winter playground for fine Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Cascading waterfalls in summer turn into glittering ice falls in winter and you'll discover quiet, peaceful solitude among the whispering pines -- you'd never guess you were that close to the city! Hiawatha Highlands offers 45 km of groomed cross country ski trails and 14 km of snowshoeing trails, all of which are designed for both the beginner and the advance skier. To find accommodations, restaurants and shopping nearby visit www.algomacountry.com
Equipment Rentals: cross country ski, snowshoeing available
Passes Available: Seasonal and Day Pass, Group Rates
On-site Parking: Free
Amenities: Warm up Shack, hot beverages (coffee), fresh, nut-free baking (muffins, cookies, cake pops and cinnamon rolls)
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The Mississagi Valley is one of most scenic areas in Northern Ontario. When the snow blankets the rugged landscape, the Mississagi becomes a destination for cross country skiing and snowshoeing escapades. You'll find old logging roads and back-country trails to set down your skis and begin a leisurely pace through majestic pines and past serene frozen lakes. When the lakes freeze over and the winter snow sets in the year-round operators in this area offer fantastic winter getaways to come play in the snow.
You'll find fantastic winter getaways for housekeeping cabins, marked trail systems, delicious home cooked meals and amenities to help you unwind after an invigorating day outdoors.
Where to Stay
There are thre places to stay during the winter months in the Mississagi Valley. All three properties have cozy cottages, and are surrounded by stunning wintery wilderness.
Experience the beauty of a Northern Ontario winter in Elliot Lake, surrounded by pristine wilderness in the rocky Canadian Shield. Peaceful winter trails for cross country skiing are just minutes from the city centre, well groomed and perfect for the beginner or expert. The Spine Road Trail offers trails up to 15 km in length. If you're looking for a something a little thrilling to add to your snow adventure, try the ungroomed back-country trails and roads that follow along the shores of frozen lakes and through old growth forests. Plan your winter getaway in Elliot Lake at www.tourismelliotlake.com
Amenities: Rest and warming areas located along the trail
On-site Parking: located at Spine Road Beach, Free
Cost: free trail use
Where to Stay
Dunlop Lake Lodge
Located at the mouth of the Mississagi River on the North Channel of Lake Huron, the Boom Camp Interpretive Trails easily turn from hiking trails to cross country ski trails in winter. Skiers will enjoy 12 km of groomed trails, well signed with unique interpretive signage along the paths outlining the rich cultural history of the area. Because its location in Blind River which is in close proximity to neighbouring communities, you'll want to extend your stay to enjoy the other cross country ski trail systems.
Passes Available: Seasonal and Day Passes
PH: (705) 356-7861
Amenities: Warm up shack
Where to Stay
Lake Lauzon Resort