Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Ontario with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice groomed trail for a nice winter walk. Love that the trail goes in the forest and not just around it. Was very peaceful as we only saw one couple the whole afternoon that we were there.

Easy walking ended up being 7.6km in length. The boardwalk makes it easy to do.

4 days ago

The parking lot was not plowed so we parked on the road (it was not a big deal since it was a quite area). The trail was short, 2km, so we did it twice. We really enjoyed it and I would go back to explore it again and other trails nearby. Some locals we talked to said there were longer trails just east of this location.

Beautiful trail hike in March...will go again for sure.

6 days ago

nice open trails and easy to follow

This used to be one my favourite local spots. Back in 2012-2013 I would have given this a solid 5/5 star rating. The trail since then has been seriously overused and suffers from lots of erosion (the whitevale section in particular). And now a construction site for a new subdivision boarders the southern portions of the trail.

Late sept - oct is the best time to go, as the mosquitos & deerfly are BRUTAL throughout summer.

Having said all that, the trail does have nice sections especially in late fall and early spring. If you do the whole trail return trip is 5-7 hours pending on your pace, which is longer than most of the other trails within the area.

Great hike, cool boardwalk around the lake. Make sure you check out the long houses.

10 days ago

Today we went with our 3 dogs and had a great time, it was clean snow and clear markings of the trail.

15 days ago

Great trail to walk.

trail running
16 days ago

Ran the trail from Woodstock to Hickson on Feb 25th. Most of the trail was clear but there were still some portions with deeper snow and water covered ice that required careful navigation.

Amazing job in opening up the north part of the trail!

Took the roads back on the return trip as the winds were picking up and the chance of tree limbs breaking down was starting to unnerve me.

This is one of the nicer trails in the area and on this particular day I didn’t see one other person.

A really beautiful place! Lovely picnic place...except it’s February! Lol. Many trails closed due to ice so it was a short stop. But definitely see the potential and would totally make this a date place in Spring. Off to check the Ardagh trails while I’ve still got day light! Lol.

It is now a finished trail that allows a person to hike or bike to Woodstock.
There is one thing in the description of the trail that is incorrect. HORSES ARE NOT ALLOWED on the trail.

A really great 2 hour walk with lots of beautiful natural features like downed trees. Lots of little creeks and ponds to poke with sticks! Lol. My daughter and I had a great time trying to guess the animal tracks! And inventing our own possible animal answers!! Lol. Definitely a nice winter hike! Agreed with another reviewer who said it’ll be amazing in spring. Will definitely be back!

Waaaay too icy! Definitely would be a lovely walk in spring with the broad leaves in bud. But some nice trees, a river view and quiet solitude! A nice little piece of exercise and fresh air! Watch out for dog poop! Lol. ;)

Not a bad first experience with this app! Trail not well travelled so it had a nice trail breaking serenity to it as I divined the route a bit. Trail isn’t always totally obvious but this app kept me on it at times I questioned it. Just on my way out as if it were a karmic gift for getting out hiking/snowshoeing by myself today I saw the biggest pileated woodpecker I might’ve ever seen. It was like a huge fat crow. Maybe pushing 50 to 60cm it seemed in body length. That alone was worth it! :) Recommended but careful if going soon - the honeycombed snow made footings on slants unreliable at times. Plus 3 today though! Can’t complain! :) Did the loop through the Marsh not just the board walk. Took a couple hours with some selfie and “snack” breaks! ;)

Only tried out the one trail, and it was the middle of winter, but loved it and will be back to try out more :)

1 month ago

Nice trail back half hilly . There is lots of dogs off the leash and lots of dog

We take our dog to this trail year round and we love it. We have used our snowshoes but it’s well packed down to hike in boots. There are several little side trails and it’s good excersise. Not very flat though so if you are walking with someone that struggles with hills, it’s probably not the trail for them. It’s very pretty and peaceful.

Was a nice trial to walk in the winter, looking forward to seeing it in the summer. Slightly icy on some paths but easy to follow and nice scenery. Was hard to find using the directions on this app. The entrance we found was on Mutual street in Pickering. Had a parking lot there that was fee. Also has a play ground and a soccer field. Will defiantly be back again.

Beautiful and demanding cross country trail in Algonquin Provincial park. The trail starts at the West Gate. There is plenty of parking space. There is a warming hut at a half distance. The trail is always nicely groomed by the provincial park staff. This is a trail not to be missed.

1 month ago

Great little gem of a trail for locals and visitors. Bird watching and board walk

1 month ago

Nice easy trail for an afternoon hike.

Better for cross country skiing than snowshoeing but enjoyable all the same. River was frozen over well so we were able to venture out!

Beautiful cross country skiing today. The car GPS understands that 1822 Spragues Rd Cambridge is the parking lot, though there are two lay-bys at trail heads on the other side of the park on Beke Rd.

1 month ago

One of my favourite places for a quick snowshoe. Beautiful scenery!

We had wanted to go to Raven trail however it was closed due to issues with beetles. This park was just down the street and we were traveling with our big pup. Much to his delight, the start of the trail is also a giant off leash dog park! The trail conditions were amazing and loved the side trails that took through the woods

-10C with a strong wind out of the west made it pretty hard going with drifting snow across the trail, particularly in those sections of trail that were exposed to the open fields. Never the less it was an enjoyable outing. I will be sure to return in better weather to complete the full out and back.

walking through here with three dogs on fifty foot leashes proved immensely challenging. the path ways are often narrow (mountain bike sized) and the sides are overgrown with stubby brush. I eventually shortened the leads to 8-5' lengths just so we could all pass through unencumbered. there is a well marked trail here, just follow the neon green spray painted markers on the trees. the terrain is undulating and crosses over a stream and circles a pond. it was a really nice walk. that said, it's winter and there were numerous spots that had a sheet of thick ice topped lightly by snow. so mind your step if you are coming this way soon!

Very good

The trail itself is amazing! It’s gorgeous with lots of different elevations. There’s also an off-leash fenced dog park in the south end of the trail. Dogs must be on leash on the trail though. Unfortunately enforcement of this rule is minimal as everyone let’s their dogs off leash on the trail. We probably won’t be back again because our pup was attacked by two different dogs who were off leash on the trail. One lady claimed her dog “didn’t like dogs who were not neutered”. Our pup was 4 months at the time and isn’t scheduled for a neutering until 1 year. Nevertheless, how could you allow your dog to roam free off leash when you KNOW your dog may potentially be a threat to other dogs, dog owners and walkers? Definitely such a negligent act. Wouldn’t trust having our pup on the trail again. Even though we kept him on leash, it’s hard to control other dogs and the actions of other owners.

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