The Bruce Peninsula is one of the best places in Ontario for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. With miles of provincial and federal parks, and the splendor of the Niagara Escarpment as your back-drop, you will never cross your own path. The Bruce Trail is a great spot to exercise your snowshoes, but be careful, the trails can be a bit of a challenge!
The Bruce Peninsula is a wondrous place to cross-country ski and snowshoe in the winter. With the beautiful vistas over-looking Georgian Bay and the splendor of the Bruce Peninsula National Park - the Bruce Peninsula offers a world-class cross-country ski experience! The Bruce Trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months. Officials, however, do not recommend the more rigorous hiking paths north of Lion's Head. Dress in layers when skiing--remove or add layers as required. If skiing alone, always tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKI OR SNOWSHOE IN THE PARKS
Although the trails in the National Parks are neither marked nor groomed - you can find many routes into these wonderful areas. The local ski enthusiasts use trails around the Lion's Head Provincial Park so most times you will find a trail to use. These trials offer peace and solitude. Be careful when you use these trails - let your accommodator know where you plan to go. Most times you can follow your own tracks out - but remember, if it snows it might cover your tracks!
CROSS-COUNTRY SKI OR SNOWSHOE TO CABOT HEADLIGHT IN DYER'S BAY
The road to Cabot Head Lighthouse and the park is closed during the winter - which leaves it open to skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. The road to Cabot Head offers a beautiful view of Georgian Bay on the right, and the majestic Niagara Escarpment on the left. Again - this is not a groomed trail - but there is usually a trail carved going to the famous lighthouse.
The Bruce Ski Club has 3 locations that provide you with groomed trails or you may want to venture on the fresh powder at one of the many parks in the Bruce Peninsula.
Colpoys ( map ) The Colpoy's Trail is groomed through gently rolling, sheltered woods and open fields starting just north of Colpoy's Bay. A part of this trail follows the well-known Bruce Trail and provides great views across the bay.
Sauble Beach Trail ( map) The Sauble Beach Ski Club boasts that they have the best Nordic ski trails in southwestern Ontario. The trails meander through a deciduous forest, over ancient rolling sand dune ridges, and along the scenic Rankin river.
Sawmill ( map ) The Sawmill Trail, which starts 1km east of Suntrail Outfitters in Hepworth, is comprised of beginner to expert loops, well-groomed for both diagonal and skate skiing techniques. The trails are cut through rolling land, sheltered by hardwood and evergreen stands. There are gentle loops for beginners and challenging hills for the expert. This trail is used by clubs and schools for outings and races and also hosts a divisional race, the Suntrail Special.