If you’re looking for a place to get your Nordic on, Ontario has you covered. Whether you’re a hardcore racer, a backcountry type, head of a family of five, or a total newbie, there’s a club or hub out there to put you in the groove. See below for our suggestions in several Ontario regions.
Stokely Creek Lodge
Locals swear that Stokely Creek Lodge has some of the best skiing in the province. Located in the Algoma Highlands just north of Sault Ste. Marie, their classic, skate, and backcountry trails range for 160 km. Six warming huts flank trails to suit any skill level. Sauna-equipped accommodations with an all-inclusive meal option are available.
Just 15 minutes from downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Hiawatha Highlands is home to more than 50 km of trails—2 km of which are lit until 10 pm. All trails are groomed for skating and classic skiing, with daily adult rates of $17. The welcoming Kinsmen Centre is open to all and has partnered with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to offer great overnight and rental packages.
Sudbury’s largest park is a true gem of the north. The regularly groomed XC ski trails in Kivi Park roam over more than 140 hectares of Precambrian shield overlooking Long Lake. They’ve partnered with Adventure365 to provide a full fleet of rental skis. The warming chalet is equipped with vending machines, for which you’ll have plenty of coins, since trail access is free. Find places to stay and eat here.
Onaping Falls Nordics, Windy Lake Provincial Park
Forty minutes northwest of Sudbury, the Onaping Falls Nordics Ski Club has more than 15 km of groomed trails. Being nearly 400 metres above sea level, their season is often a couple of weeks longer than other clubs in the area. The cozy chalet offers snacks and rentals on weekends. Stay in an Ontario Parks yurt.
Temiskaming Nordic Ski Club
At the impressive Temiskaming Nordic Ski Club, just north of Temagami, volunteer groomers take pride in creating 20 km of high-quality trails for track-set and skate skiing. Daily rates start at $15, and rentals and a fire-warmed chalet round out the offerings. FIND PLACES TO STAY AND EAT
Minaki Yurt Adventures
Nestled on the western edge of the province, 45 minutes north of Kenora, Minaki Yurt Adventures caters to the classic skier. Twenty km of regularly groomed trails wind their way past six yurts that can be rented for the night and offer varying levels of luxury. This is the perfect place to get away from absolutely everything.
Ten minutes north of Parry Sound on Highway 124, Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre is a hub of local outdoor enthusiasts. Thirty km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing radiate from a heated chalet that’s home to a full slate of rental equipment. Full-day ski passes are $20 at the not-for-profit organization. Find places to stay and eat here.
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Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Winding its way along the top of Blue Mountain near Collingwood, the Scenic Caves trail system offers incredible views of Georgian Bay throughout its 27 km of classic trails and skate-ski groomers. They have a full rental fleet of cross-country equipment and even pulks, in case you feel like dragging your little one along with you. Find places to stay and eat here.
Kolapore Wilderness Ski Trails
Kolapore’s 50 kilometres of trails loop through some of the most beautiful terrain in the Collingwood area. These are backcountry trails; classic tracks are set by the first skiers out on the trail after a snowfall. Staying within the proper level of difficulty on the well-marked trails will be easy if you pick up a trail map at the Ravenna General Store (you might also spring for some pastries, since trail access is free). Find places to stay and eat here.
Wasaga Nordic, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
The Wasaga Nordic Centre (formerly Blueberry Trails) offers 30 km of groomed trails, with something for every level of skier. The centre is part of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and meets most day-skier needs with a chalet with a snack bar and rentals. Adult trail fees are $15 per day. Find places to stay and eat here.