Welcome to the magic of a great Canadian winter.
Opened in 2012 at Arrowhead Provincial Park just north of Huntsville, Muskoka, Ontario, the Ice Trail a Arrowhead is a 1.5 km skate path set amidst towering, snow-dusted trees that winds through the East River campground.
Whether you are an expert skater or just starting out, The Ice Trail offers an opportunity for everyone, regardless or age or ability, to enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors in a whole new way, and to discover the best that a Canadian winter has to offer. It’s a blast!
Grab your skates and your buddies and head out for an afternoon (and sometimes evening) of what can only be described as floating through an enchanted forest. Glide along as clean, crisp air turns your cheeks pink, and warm yourself by a trail side fire.
Keep an eye on the Arrowhead Provincial Park website for details on when the Ice Trail will open for the season – it all depends on the weather of course, and freezing temperatures over a string of nights are needed to lay the track. Usually though, things heat up – er freeze over – just after Christmas. The park re-opens officially for winter activities (including overnight stays in cabins and Nordic skiing) on December 18, 2015.
Kevin Yarde from The Weather Network (right) checking out The Ice Trail.
If You Go:
Be sure to contact the park to see if the Ice Trail is open for use before you go. Phone 705-789-5105 (but expect a message on some days – it’s a lot of work maintaining the Ice Trail and the 30 km of Nordic skiing trails that are also groomed in winter!). Sometimes the weather doesn’t co-operate and the trail is closed for maintenance.
Mid-week skating is less crowded – consider a getaway to the region on a Tues., Wed., or Thurs. to have more elbow room. And watch for special events (e.g. Family Day weekend) and tiki torch night skating as well.Consider an extended stay to enjoy even more of winter in the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario. From fat biking to snowmobiling, dog sledding to skiing, there’s tons of fun happening this winter in the wilderness just north of Toronto. Algonquin Provincial Park – about 45 mins from Huntsville, is also open in winter. There are lots of fantastic events taking place as well, and plenty of places to get your apres Ice Trail food & drink on.
(Jennifer Valentyne from Breakfast Television & Kevin Forget from Ontario Travel on location at the Ice Trail)
Skate rentals are available at the park for all ages based on first come, first served. A park pass is also needed to use the Ice Trail at Arrowhead.
Have questions about the Ice Trail at Arrowhead but can’t find what you’re looking for? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help. (Please allow for a 48-hour email turnaround on weekends). Watch for hours posted on our website homepage as well, once the trail is open.
To plan your stay near the Ice Trail, click here.
Check out this great video about the Ice Trail by The Toronto Star!
Where exactly is The Ice Trail at Arrowhead?
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