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 90 metres (300 feet) 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. 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 or scale Elora Gorge with Adventure Seeker Tours. Climb the best vertical ice challenges up granite cliffs in the hardwood forests of Muskoka with LiveOutside.
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.
Ontario lodges and resorts also offer unique opportunities to combine an exploration of wilderness trails with other winter activities.