The Ice Trail at Arrowhead: Know Before You Go

Welcome to Ontario’s favourite winter attraction!  Opened in 2012 at Arrowhead Provincial Park just north of Huntsville, Muskoka, the Ice Trail at Arrowhead is a 1.3 km skate path set amidst towering, snow-dusted trees that winds through the East River campground.  

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Opening Date:

Arrowhead Provincial Park – just the park not the trail – opens for the winter season on December 13th, 2019.  The Ice Trail at Arrowhead will open when when favourable weather conditions (cold nights especially!) allow park staff to ice the beautiful route through the forest. Stay tuned for an announcement on the opening date of the Ice Trail – and check back on this page often for the status. (Other activities at the park such as tubing and Nordic skiing are also weather dependent.)

The Ice Trail at Arrowhead is located just north of Huntsville, Muskoka in Ontario, Canada. Two hours from Toronto.

Operating Hours:
Arrowhead Provincial Park is open daily for winter activities, including cross country skiing (30km of groomed trails!), snowshoeing, tubing hill, and of course, the popular Ice Trail, from 9am-5pm. The Ice Trail itself is open from 11am-close when it is operational; this is always weather dependent. The Ice Trail is also subject to closure for flooding or maintenance.

Weekend hours of the Ice Trail vary for some Fire & Ice nights (see below). Closing hours also vary slightly depending on the light outside; usually around 5pm in January and 5:30pm in February.

Always check the Park Report for Ice Trail availability before heading to the park.

Fire & Ice Nights:
Fire & Ice Nights are run throughout the season beginning January 4. On these days, the Ice Trail is available during the day from 11am-3pm, closed from maintenance and flooding from 3pm-6pm, and then re-opened for the Fire & Ice skating between 6pm-9pm. During the Fire & Ice night, the trail will be lit with tiki torches to light your way as you skate through the forested trail at night! Wow! The scheduled Fire & Ice nights for 2020 are:

Saturday, January 4, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Friday, February 14, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Saturday March 14, 2020

The last scheduled Fire & Ice night for the season is March 14th, 2020- weather permitting. 


For Ice Trail Updates:
During the busy winter season, Arrowhead Provincial Park yields a high volume phone calls regarding Ice Trail availability. While you can phone the park directly if you’d prefer at 705-789-5105, it’s best to first check out the Arrowhead Twitter Page or the Ontario Parks Ski Report.

The Twitter page is regularly updated to let guests know about the availability of the Ice Trail, and the Ski Report will offer an updated look at which cross country ski trails are groomed and ready for skiing, as well as information on the availability of the Ice Trail and tubing (located at the bottom of the page in the ‘Additional Information’ box).

Cost to enter the park is $17 per vehicle for the day use fee during weekdays, and $20 during weekends. This cost gives visitors access to all the parks amenities.

Skate Rental:
Skates are available to rent on site at a cost of $10 for 3 hours.

Please note: The Ice Trail at Arrowhead Provincial park is one of the most popular winter attractions in the province of Ontario. Weekends are the most popular, so visits mid-week can be optimal if you’re in a hurry or prefer fewer crowds.

For information on places to stay in the region close to the Ice Trail at Arrowhead provincial park, click here.

For additional attractions in the area, click here.

And to dine in the vicinity of the Ice Trail, click here.


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