Nordic Skiing in Explorers’ Edge

Winter 2014 is off to a great start with carpets of snow already building on trails across the region! Nordic ski trails – groomed or available for you to blaze your own path – are readily accessible across all of Explorers’ Edge, with many different natural settings to choose from to enjoy this traditional outdoor activity.

EE Winter729Arrowhead Provincial Park clears the way with over 30 kilometres of exceptionally well-groomed trails to travel. Not to be outdone, Georgian Nordic in Parry Sound manicures the snow into an additional 30+ kilometres of winding trails through lush forests. Trails are open in Algonquin Park as well, including at Fen Lake and the Leaf Lake locations.

The multi-use and visually stunning Park to Park Trail offers 230 kilometres to explore from Algonquin Park to Killbear – a truly regional path.

The Bracebridge Resource Management Centre provides a favourite set of groomed trails for locals and visitors alike, as does the Gravenhurst KOA. Over in Bala, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh let’s folks enjoy a day of Nordic on their farm property while the ruby-red berries are resting under the snow for the winter.

EE Winter320North of Muskoka, the Discovery Routes organization has mapped out some fantastic trails in the Almaguin Highlands and Loring-Restoule areas, including those at Magnetawan, Kearney, Sprucedale and South River. Also consider options on The Forgotten Trails of the Almaguin Highlands.

If you don’t have your own equipment, contact a local outfitter to rent everything you’ll need.  And be sure to ask reservations staff about skis, poles and routes when you book your winter getaway to Explorers’ Edge (consider these special offers). Looking for a Nordic event to test your muscles? Contact Georgian Nordic and Arrowhead Nordic for great club events to challenge yourself. (Don’t miss the annual Muskoka Loppet at Arrowhead on Sunday, January 26, 2014).

EE Winter1176Nordic skiing in Algonquin Park, the Almaguin Highlands, Loring-Restoule, Muskoka and Parry Sound: Whether you’re trying it for the first time or you are seasoned skate skier, a day exploring the trails here is sure to take your breath away.

For more information on thousands of kilometres of trails in the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario, click here.