Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing and Ice Climbing Ontario

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Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Ice Climbing

Our snow-covered landscapes offer some of the best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice climbing around.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Explore thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness with just the calming sound of snow crunching beneath your feet. Pack a picnic and hit your stride in hundreds of snow-laden parks or conservation areas. Many of Ontario’s Provincial Parks  remain open throughout the winter and offer fantastic cross-country and snowshoe trails. Check out Resorts of Ontario  for welcoming rural and wilderness getaway resorts, lodges and chalets that offer great winter activities, access to trails and, in many cases, provide equipment. Spend a day on the trails at Albion Hills Conservation Area in Caledon, Stokely Creek Lodge in Goulais River, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures in the Blue Mountains, Crawford Lake Conservation Area, the Ski Hearst Club or the Kap Nordic Ski Trails in Kapuskasing. 

Ice Climbing

Whether you're a novice or an expert, there are hundreds of places for you to climb above it all in Ontario. From Thunder Bay and Red Rock to Marathon and Orient Bay on Lake Nipigon, this is the ultimate ice-climbing country, where dozens of ice-clad routes reach heights of over 90 metres (300 feet) and the waterfalls freeze so thick that the ice can stay until early Spring. Climb Elora Gorge with Adventure Seeker Tours or sign up with Outdoor Skills and Thrills for a guided ice-climbing excursion out of Thunder Bay. One Axe Pursuits offers great guided ice climbing adventures just outside of Toronto. Climb the best vertical ice challenges up granite cliffs in the hardwood forests of Muskoka with LiveOutside.

Ontario lodges and resorts also offer unique opportunities to combine an exploration of wilderness trails with other winter activities.

Couple snowshoeing.


Enjoy the beauty, peace and solitude of Ontario’s parks during the winter season.
Woman cross-country skiing.


Whether you are a downhill skier, a snowboarder, a cross-country enthusiast or a snow tuber, check here for all the information you need to enjoy your favourite winter activity.