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Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trails

Ski Trails

Experience a winter wonderland of rugged Canadian Shield, majestic hardwood forests, old growth white pine, hemlock and yellow birch. Ski or snowshoe to cliff top lookouts and spectacular ice falls. View wildlife such as moose, deer, owls, martens, grouse and much more.

WHERE:  Located 12 km south of Dorset, Ontario at 20130 Hwy. 35. Only 3 hours north of the GTA.

26 km of classic cross-country ski trail offer 8 stacked loops ranging in length from 1.2 km to 6.5 km. Beginner to expert level trails, we have it all. Families can explore the Fox, Bunny, Bear, Beaver and Otterslide trails. If you are looking for a longer, more remote backcountry experience try the Deer and Moose Trails, which combine to give a 22 km loop. Several trails offer technical downhill sections for advanced skiers. For detailed trail descriptions, click here

Facilities include two on-trail, self-serve warm-up cabins (equipped with wood stoves and breathtaking winter views), rentals, historic Towerman's cabin, washroom, outdoor toilets and parking. Our Trails office/store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (November - April). The store stocks ski wax and hot chocolate!

Be sure to check out this great YouTube video featuring a day on the Frost Centre ski trails!

Ski trail passes  may be obtained at the Trails Office located directly across the road from the trailhead. On weekends, passes are available at the trail head ticket booth. If you wish to ski outside of regular hours - no problem! Just register at the self-registration shelter at the trail head. Be sure to bring correct change to place in the box.

Season Pass application form - CLICK HERE

Trail conditions - CLICK HERE

Trail map - CLICK HERE

Rentals - For information on ski and snowshoe rentals CLICK HERE

Accommodations - Numerous local accommodations provide everything from just a simple room and bed to full scale resort services. Call us at 705-766-9033 for recommendations.

Ski Trail Fees

Regular - per person
(Including Taxes)
Daily        After       
2 p.m.
 2-Day Pass 
 3-Day Pass
With Equipment Rental
Adult $13.00 $9.00 $20.00 $26.00 $25.00
Senior $10.50 $7.00 $16.00 $21.00 $20.00
Youth (aged 6-17) $5.00 $3.50 $7.50 $10.00 $20.00
Groups (15+ persons) 20% discount        
Disabled 50% discount        
Season Pass
(Including Taxes)
Individual $70.00        
Family $140.00        
Early Bird Discount
(before Dec. 15)    
15% discount        

Snowshoe Trails

Snowshoers can trek 11 km of stacked loop trails, located just across the road from the ski trails. After a morning out trekkers can relax, have lunch and talk about all the amazing sights they have seen, while sitting fireside in the historic Towerman's log cabin, located on the shores of scenic Lake St. Nora.

Snowshoe rentals available.

Want more snowshoe trails? All of our hiking trails serve as snowshoe trails in the winter. With 38 km of trails at 10 different trailheads, there are numerous possibilities. For trail descriptions, locations and co-ordinates please view the Hiking Trails page.

Please take the time to read our Winter Safety Tips.

Trail Etiquette & Trail Maintenance

Please DO NOT use groomed ski or snowmobile trails for snowshoeing. If you encounter a groomed trail while snowshoeing (for example on Beetle Lake Trail, Frost Centre Ski Trails, Sherborne Lake Access Road), please stay off the groomed portion of the trail.

Although snowshoe trails are marked with blue diamond markers and inspected several times annually, blow down trees or missing signage can cause sections of the trails to be blocked, re-routed or difficult to navigate beyond. If you encounter one of these problems, please report it to the Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails Department at (705) 766-9033.