With High Park Ski Club you get to ski and snowshoe at a wide variety of x-country resorts each winter. Check our day trip schedule to see when we visit each of the following locations. For detailed description click on the resort name.
Hardwood: Located north of Barrie, Hardwood offers over 30 km of meticulously groomed trails and 6 km of wilderness backcountry trails for skiers or snowshoers, winding through picturesque snow-laden forest of pine and hardwood. Trails are superbly groomed for both classic and skating techniques and for skiers at all levels. The Pro Shop is equipped with the latest equipment with both recreational and performance ski or snowshoe rentals. Hot and cold meals are available at the trendy cafeteria.
Snowshoeing: Hardwood has 4 snowshoe trails totaling about 10 km.
Highlands Nordic: South of Collingwood near Duntroon, Highlands Nordic has over 20 km of trails beautifully groomed for both skate and classic skiing. It has a chalet with delicious soups, chili and sandwiches, an excellent ski shop, and good quality ski and snowshoe rentals.
Snowshoeing: Highlands offers about 7 km of scenic snowshoe trails on their property. The Bruce Trail is nearby if you need a challenge, but you can’t take rental equipment off Highlands’ property.
Horseshoe Valley: Located north of Barrie, Horseshoe Resort provides over 30 km of trails groomed for classic and skate technique. Warm up in the cozy lodge with the round wood stove. Decent quality ski and snowshoe rentals are available in the ski shop. Horseshoe’s cafeteria serves sandwiches, chili, salads and beverages. Vending machines are also available. You can also walk across the street to the Alpine resort for more substantial food choices. Horseshoe has ski and snowshoe rental packages and a small pro shop (if your skis need tuning).
Snowshoeing: Horseshoe has about 8 km of marked trails.
Georgian Nordic: Located near Parry Sound, the Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club maintains 30 km of well-groomed and beautiful classic and skate trails on 200 acres of land atop the Canadian Shield. It has a heated lodge and a waxing hut. There are ski and snowshoe rentals, but no snack bar.
Snowshoeing: Georgian Nordic has a very pretty 4.5 km snowshoe trail, and the bushwhacking is fun.
Scenic Caves Nordic Centre: Located at the top of the Blue Mountains near Collingwood, Scenic Caves has a total of 27 km of beautiful trails groomed primarily for beginner and intermediate classic skiing. They also have a cafeteria in a rustic chalet, a waxing facility and good ski and snowshoe rentals.
Snowshoeing: Scenic Caves has 10 km of snowshoe trails that take you across Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge for a spectacular view of Georgian Bay and the Collingwood area.
Arrowhead Provincial Park: Located just west of Algonquin Provincial Park, Arrowhead boasts beautiful traditional track-set trails through the towering forest. There are 29 km of classical trails and 12 km of skate trails. There are a couple of heated buildings and you can buy chocolate bars and hot beverages at the gatehouse, but you should bring a lunch. Arrowhead has ski and snowshoe rentals.
Snowshoeing: Arrowhead has two very scenic snowshoe trails totaling over 6 km.
Wasaga Beach (Blueberry Trails): The 30 km of Blueberry Plains trails (mostly for classic skiing) are located in the 500-hectare wooded Dunes area of the Park. The combination of raised beach ridges and swales, various sand dune features and rare plant life make this area unique in Ontario. There are warm-up huts and a heated lodge with toilets, snack bar, waxing centre and pro shop that provides good ski and snowshoe rentals. The snack bar is limited to hot and cold beverages and chocolate bars only, so you need to bring your lunch.
Snowshoeing: Wasaga has about 8 km of scenic snowshoe trails that range from easy to quite hilly. You’ll see lots of deer and other animal tracks in the snow. We typically eat our lunch out on the trail here.
Mansfield Outdoor Centre: Located one hour north of Toronto, Mansfield maintains 35 km of groomed ski trails through the Dufferin Woods, including 10 km groomed for skate technique. Enjoy the rustic lodge with a wood-burning stove and homemade soup from their small cafeteria. Decent quality ski and snowshoe rentals are available.
Snowshoeing: Mansfield's snowshoe trails are limited but very pretty.
Kolapore Uplands: The Kolapore Uplands Wilderness ski trails are located on the eastern edge of Beaver Valley near Collingwood. About 50 km of marked, rugged, ungroomed backcountry trails are primarily designed for intermediate to advanced x-country skiers. One section of trails is appropriate for beginners. There are no warm-up huts and no rental equipment. This location is ideal for the wilderness experience.
Snowshoeing: Not permitted at Kolapore.
Ganaraska Forest: A large forest located within an hour’s drive of Toronto, north of Bowmanville. They have over 30 km of trails marked and groomed for x-country skiing, with 6.5 km groomed for skating. We try to go to Ganaraska when the snow conditions permit. There are no ski rentals but snowshoe rentals are available
Snowshoeing: Ganaraska has 2 snowshoe trails totaling about 11 km.