Winter is a magical time in Huntsville and Lake of Bays. Invigorating temperatures and a snow-covered landscape provide the perfect setting to get outside whether it’s to enjoy your family’s favourite winter pastime or to discover a new adventure. If you are after the quintessential Muskoka winter adventure, look no further than Huntsville’s Arrowhead Provincial Park. The Park opens up for the winter season on Friday December 13, and it’s time to enjoy everything that Arrowhead has to offer.
The park’s star attraction is the winter skating trail. Bring your skates or rent them at the park and glide through 1.3 km of snow covered forest. Saturday’s Fire and Ice Nights are pure magic, with the entire trail lit by torches and a bonfire and hot chocolate to enjoy afterward. However, Arrowhead has so much more to offer in winter than just the ice trail. The park grooms and maintains more than 28 km of Nordic ski trails for both classic and skate skiing. There are a variety of trails for hiking and snowshoeing including the popular Stubbs Falls trail. There is also a tubing hill large enough to ensure even the biggest kids will have a thrill, with a bonfire pit and warm up hut at the top – the tubes are provided! Looking for something different? Try the sport of skijoring, where skiers are pulled along the trails by dogs. The sport is the perfect way to exercise both you and your dogs while taking in Arrowhead’s winter splendour. All you need to bring are your skis (or you can rent them at the park) and your sense of adventure – the dogs are provided!
Full details on Arrowhead Winter Activities:
- Skating: Glide through the forest on Arrowhead’s 1.3 km ice trail
- Tubing: access to Arrowhead’s tubing hill is included in your daypass. Tubes are provided (only park-provided tubes are allowed on the hill; no toboggans)
- Cross-country skiing: There are 28 km of classic ski trails and 16km of skate ski trails, ranging from beginner to expert level
- Snowshoeing: explore the 8+ km of marked snowshoe trails, as well as off-trail snowshoeing through mature hardwood forest
- Other winter activities: go for a snowy hike or try skijoring
Arrowhead has a new Visitor Centre with a warm-up room, where visitors can sit by the fireplace after enjoying the outdoors. A Pro-Shop in the Visitor Centre has rental equipment for classic skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating. The large room with the fireplace also has tables and chairs where you can have your lunch.
Want to get to Arrowhead but don’t have a ride? No need to worry, you can take the bus! For Toronto residents, ParkBus is a terrific way to get out of the city to spend the day in nature!
This winter, ParkBus has planned trips to Arrowhead on:
- December 21, 2019
- January 1, 2020
- January 4, 2020
- January 11, 2020
- January 18, 2020
- January 25, 2020
- February 1, 2020
- February 8, 2020
- February 15, 2020
- February 22, 2020
- February 29, 2020
- March 7, 2020
- March 15, 2020
Looking to avoid the crowds? Plan a weekday trip! Arrowhead’s busiest times are typically any Saturday and Sunday between 10am & 4pm and on Saturday evening Fire and Ice Nights. Why not join us mid-week to enjoy everything the Park has to offer without the lines! You can now even stay overnight in the winter! Visitors love spending winter nights in Arrowhead’s cozy camp cabins. Once again, winter weekends tend to fill up well in advance, but there are often midweek vacancies. Check the Arrowhead reservation site for availability.