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Find places to explore this winter in Algoma Country.

A List of Cross Country Ski Trails, Downhill Skiing and Snowshoe Trails in Algoma

Don't let winter keep you from enjoying the outdoors.



Below is a list of the downhill ski hills and resorts, cross country ski trail systems and places to snowshoe in Algoma Country.

CROSS COUNTRY SKI

Boom Camp Trails, Blind River
Trail System: 12 km of groomed trails
Facilities: free parking, free trail map available, accommodations in Blind River
Passes: Seasonal passes available for family or individually. Day Passes available.
Website: www.blindriver.ca
PH: for passes phone (705) 356-7861
Where to Stay: Blind River

Ski Hearst Club, Lagoon Road, Hearst
Trail System: more than 40 km of trails
Trail Maps: Available
Facilities: Ski rentals available (classic and skating), free trail maps available on website, offsite accommodations in the town of Hearst
Website: www.nt.net/skihearst
PH: (705) 362-5434
Where to Stay: Hearst

Hiawatha Highlands, Sault Ste. Marie
Trail System: over 45 km groomed cross country ski trails, 2 snowshoe trails
Facilities: cross country ski and snowshoe rentals available, warm up shack, free parking, hot beverages and fresh baking available for purchase
Passes: Seasonal and daily available
Trail Maps: snowshoe map available at ski office, download a free ski map online at the website
Events: check website for updates
Learn to Ski programs
Website: hiawathahighlands.com
PH: (705) 256-7258
Where to Stay: Sault Ste. Marie

Mountainview Centennial Park, St. Joseph Island, Township of Jocelyn
Trail System: groomed loops beginner, intermediate and advanced cross country ski loops,
Facilities: free parking, toboggan hill, offsite accommodations on St. Joseph Island
Website: jocelyntownship.com
PH: (705) 246-2025
Where to Stay: St. Joseph Island

Spine Cross Country Ski Trail, Elliot Lake
Trail System: groomed loops from 2 km to 20 km in length for novice to expert
Facilities: free trail map download here, resting & warming stations located along trails, accommodations in Elliot Lake
Website: www.tourismelliotlake.com
PH: 1-800-661-6192
Where to Stay: Elliot Lake

Stokely Creek
Trail System: groomed cross country ski trails, snowshoe trails
Facilities: on-site accommodations or stay off site, warm up shack, cross country ski & snowshoe rentals available
Passes: Seasonal and daily available
Trail Maps: download a free ski or snowshoe maps online at the website
Events: check website for updates
Learn to Ski programs
Website: www.stokelycreek.com
PH: (705) 649-3421
Where to Stay: book packages in Sault Ste. Marie

Crimson Ridge Nordic Ski Trails
Trail System: 20 km of groomed trail for cross country skiing and snowshoeing
Facilities: night skiing not available, fat bikes allowed on trails, dining room open and locker rooms open (see website for hours of operation)
Passes: snowshoeing-free, ski rates daily $10, season passes costs availabe for adult, senior, student and family. See website for details.
Trail Maps: trails are marked, available online at the website
Website: www.golfcrimsonridge.com
PH: 1-866-667-4343
Where to Stay: book packages in Sault Ste. Marie

SNOWSHOE TRAILS

Fort Creek Conservation Area, Sault Ste. Marie
Trail System: 82 hectares, 2 km of non-motorized multi-trail use as part of the Hub Trail
Facilities: free parking
Website: www.ssmrca.ca
PH: (705) 759-2500
Where to Stay: Sault Ste. Marie

DOWNHILL SKI

Chapleau Ski Club, Chapleau
Trail System: 130 ft vertical drop with longest run 1,000 feet, cross country ski trails have 12 km of track
Facilities: Chalet, accommodations in Chapleau
Website: www.chapleau.ca
PH: (705) 864-0707 Off Season Phone: (705) 864-2699
Where to Stay: Chapleau

Mount Dufour, Elliot Lake
Trail System: 320 ft vertical, 7 trails from beginner to challenging, terrain park
Facilities: canteen and lounge, ski and snowboard rentals available, free parking, snow school, accommodations in Elliot Lake
Passes: Full and Half Day Passes available
Learn to Ski programs
Website: www.mountdufour.com
PH: (705) 848-6655
Where to Stay: book stay & ski

Searchmont Resort, Searchmont
Trail System: 750 ft vertical, slopes are 18 trails, carvable area, terrain park
Passes: Daily Lift Passes and Seasonal available
Facilities: stay slope or offsite accommodations, downhill ski, snowboards, helmets and snowshoes rentals available, full service lounge, cafeteria
Learn to Ski programs
Website: www.searchmont.com
PH: 1-800-663-2546
Where to Stay: Searchmont

BUY SNOWSHOES & WINTER CLOTHING

Joe's Sports & Surplus, Sault Ste. Marie
40 Queen Street East
Website: www.joesportsandsurplus.com
PH: (705) 253-2361
Men's, women's, children's sizes available, snowsuits, outdoor clothing and more

BACKCOUNTRY CROSS COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING

Backcountry winter adventures allow you to explore remote locations where it's just you and the wilderness. The only tracks you may see are yours and the wildlife in the area. You'll find magnificent forest that feels almost enchanted: snow capped mountains, trees heavy with ice and snow, frozen lakes and the peaceful quiet of a sleeping winter landscape.

When you're backcountry trekking, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you have fun and stay safe. While it's important to be aware of your surroundings when trekking through the backcountry, below are a few tips:

1. Check the weather before you head out to ensure a good day.
2. Dress warm and in layers. If you get too warm, you can always remove layers as you need too.
3. Opt for snow poles when snowshoeing. These will help keep your balance, and help propel you forward.
4. Always check your gear before you go out!
5. Bring food and water to ensure you don't dehydrate.

For more tips visit www.backpacking.net

Below are four Ontario Parks in Algoma Country where visitors are welcome to cross country ski, snowshoe and ice fish. Remember: facilities and services not available during winter months. Campgrounds & park roads closed and gated.

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