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*Updated January 16, 2019
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 1.3 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 an 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) in December.
And be sure to check out this “Frequently Asked Questions” blog by park staff – some handy tips in here including when the best time to visit the Ice Trail to avoid line ups, where to park and how much it costs.
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. You can also follow the park on Twitter at @ArroPark for trail status and event updates, or check the ski report for all winter activity conditions.
Mid-week skating is less crowded – consider a getaway to the region on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to have more elbow room. And watch for special events (e.g. Family Day weekend) and tiki torch nights for skating also (see below for scheduled dates).
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.
Skates are available to rent on site at a cost of $10 for 3 hours.
Consider an extended stay to enjoy even more of winter in Ontario’s Cottage Country. From fat biking to snowmobiling, dog sledding to skiing, there’s tons of fun happening this winter in the wilderness just north of Toronto.
There are lots of fantastic events taking place as well, and plenty of places to get your apres Ice Trail food & drink on. 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.
SCHEDULED FIRE AND ICE NIGHTS (weather & conditions permitting)
Monday, December 31, 2018
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
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).
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?
View Arrowhead Park in a larger map