Superior Exploration, Batchawana Bay
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Our snow-covered landscapes offer some of the best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice climbing around.
Whether you're a novice or an expert, there are awesome 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 130 metres and the waterfalls freeze so thick that the ice can stay until early Spring. Sign up with Outdoor Skills and Thrills for a guided ice-climbing excursion out of Thunder Bay. This is the kind of adventure that embodies the spirit of Sisu (see-soo), a Finnish term for tenacity, strength and stamina.
Ask Sault Ste. Marie's Superior Exploration about their climbing training programs and suggestions on great spots to climb in the region. One Axe Pursuits offers great guided ice climbing adventures just outside of Toronto in Elora Gorge. Climb the best vertical ice challenges up granite cliffs in the hardwood forests of Muskoka with LivOutside.
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.
Guided outings are offered by Scenic Caves, Blue Mountain, Horseshoe Resort and Snow Valley Ski Resort in Barrie Yours Outdoors in Haliburton and LivOutdoors in Bracebridge. Or set off on self-guided snowshoe hikes from Algonquin Eco-Lodge, located on the southern tip of the park. DYK: Algonquin Park was voted by Canadian Geographic Travel as one of Canada's 10 best cross-country skiing getaways.
Ontario lodges and resorts also offer unique opportunities to combine an exploration of wilderness trails with other winter activities.