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Ski and Snowshoe Trails

Trail Conditions

As of Nov 21, 2022

The area has received 10-15cm of snow over the weekend of November 19th, this is a great start and we hope more keeps coming. As our trails are rugged in nature we require 40-60cm of snow and prolonged below freezing temperatures prior to opening. Check back frequently for details. On average over the past decade trails open between the last week of December and first week of January. 

Ski and Snowshoe Trail Information

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Ski or snowshoe to cliff-top lookouts and spectacular ice falls. Catch a glimpse of wildlife such as moose, deer, owls, martens, grouse and much more. The Frost Centre ski and snowshoe trails offer adventure and discovery for the whole family, only three hours north of the GTA.  Experience a winter wonderland of rugged Canadian Shield, majestic hardwood forests, old growth white pine, hemlock and yellow birch.

Ski Trails Overview

22 km of classic cross-country ski trails offer eight 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 trail! Several trails offer technical downhill sections for advanced skiers. For detailed trail descriptionsclick 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 Fees

Per Person (tax incl) Daily after 2 p.m.

2-day pass (weekdays)

3-day pass (weekdays) Family Equipment Rental
Adult (18-59) $14.42 $10.31 $25.96 $38.93 15% off $33.24
Senior (60+) $11.85 $8.24 $21.32 $30.22    
Youth (ages 6-17) $9.28 $6.18 $16.70 $23.65   $28.25
Groups (15+ persons) 20% discount   
Disabled 50% discount  
Annual Passes              
Individual $79.00            
Family $156.90            
Early Bird Discount (before Dec. 15) 15% discount          

Ski trail passes

Ski trail passes may be obtained at the Trails Office located directly across the road from the trailhead. 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.

Trail map - CLICK HERE

Rentals

Advanced reservations can be made for dates Jan 7th 2023 onward

The Township of Algonquin Highlands Parks, Recreation & Trails Department offers ski and snowshoe rental equipment at our Trails Office located at the Frost Centre Access Point (20130 Hwy 35).  Please contact 705-766-9033 for information or to reserve equipment. Our Office is open 10am – 3pm daily, from November to March.

Rental equipment is limited please inquire with our office regarding sizing and availability.  We recommend reserving equipment in advance.

Rentals are available daily and for multiple days starting January 3 each year. Daily rentals are based on the calendar day.  A twphoto of snowshoeso day minimum charge applies to overnight rentals.  Rental rates include either skis/poles/boots or snowshoes (poles may be rented separately for snowshoe rentals).

Rental equipment may be picked up by customers and transported to other access points within the Township of Algonquin Highlands.  The Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails Department does NOT deliver or pickup equipment.

Rental Rates*

Two and three day trail pass discounts available, Monday - Friday:  If you rent a skis/poles/boots package on a weekday, a trail pass is included (trail passes not included on weekend rentals).

Ski Equipment Daily Rate
Skis/Poles/Boots Age 18 + $29.42
Skis/Poles/Boots Age 17 and younger $25.00
Skis Only $16.22
Boots Only $8.66
Poles Only $5.25
Snowshoe Equipment Daily Rate
Snowshoes $21.01
Poles $5.25
Ski/Snowshoe Equipment Daily Rate
Ski Package Half Day/Snowshoe Package Half Day   25% off posted rate

    *All taxes are extra.  Prices are subject to change.

Ski and Snowshoe Rental Policies

  • Damage deposit - a $200 damage deposit is required for rental packages, $50.00 damage deposit on individual pieces of rental equipment. This deposit will be returned when equipment is returned in identical condition, save regular wear and tear. Customer is responsible for any and all damages incurred outside regular wear and tear, if damages are noted at time of return, the deposit will be retained until a repair quote is completed, if repairs/replacement is less then $200, the remainder will be returned to the customer. 
  • Pickups and returns are within office/store hours.
  • A cancellation fee of $10.00 per reserved ski or snowshoe package will apply per no show or cancelled reservation.
  • We reserve the right to refuse rental if we feel that you are not prepared to use our equipment safely.

Waiver of Liability for rentals

Every customer must complete and sign a rental agreement and a waiver and release of liability form upon arrival, and by doing so acknowledges that the activities that are being participated in have inherent risk.  The Township of Algonquin Highlands Trails Department assumes no responsibility for your safety or loss of personal equipment as a result of any rental agreement.  It is the responsibility of the customer to know their limitations.

Description of Risks, Dangers and Hazards CLICK HERE

Accommodations - Numerous local accommodations provide everything from just a simple room and bed to full scale resort services. 

                                  For more information, CLICK HERE

County Tourism Information - CLICK HERE

Snowshoe Trails

Snowshoers can trek 11 km of stacked loop trails, located just across the road from the ski trails. Fees are by donation with donation boxes and maps located at the trailhead. 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 are 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.

Ice Safety Tips - CLICK HERE

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 Algonquin Highlands Trails office at (705) 766-9033.

Contact Information

Trails Office
20130 Highway # 35 North
Phone: 705-766-9033
Fax: 705-766-2402
Email: trails@algonquinhighlands.ca

Mailing Address:
Township of Algonquin Highlands
1123 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands, ON K0M 1J1

Hours of Operation

Hiking trails are always open - Self registration for ski trails is available at the ski trail head. Hiking/Snowshoe trails are by donation and do not require checking in. Donation boxes are located at all trail heads. 

Trails Office Hours

Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend
Open 7 days a week 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After Thanksgiving to Dec 31 - Monday - Friday 10am-3pm

January 1st to end of March Break - 7 days a week 10am - 3pm

End of March Break to Victoria Day Weekend - Monday - Friday 10am-3pm

Documents

Frost Centre Nordic Ski Trails Season Pass Application Form
Frost Centre X-Country Ski Trail Descriptions
Map of Frost Centre Ski & Snowshoe Trails
Snowshoe Liability Form
Winter Safety Tips