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Ski and Snowshoe Trails

The Trails Office is closed for staff training Feb 3-4. No rentals will be available, payment must be made by self-registration with cash at the trail head or online at ahtrails.ca

 

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.

Location: 20130 Highway 35, south of the village of Dorset. The ski trail head is located directly across the road. 

Conditions and Other Information

Twenty-two kilometres of classic cross-country ski trails offer eight stacked loops ranging in length from 1.2 to 6.5 kilometres. Beginner to expert level trails - we have it all! Families can explore the Fox, Bunny, 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. 

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 5 p.m. The store stocks ski wax.

Snowshoers can trek 11 kilometres 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.

Conditions: Good. Packed powder on a hard base. Conditions are variable depending on time of day. Morning conditions differ from afternoon when the sun warms the snow and can make things sticky.

Trails Open: 16.5km of 26km open and track set. Bunny, Beaver South, Fox South, Sawmill, Bear, Deer and Otterslide all open. Marten, Beaver North, Fox North, Moose remain closed.

Grooming: Machine groomed and track set February 20, 2024

Notes: warm weather and rain is expected. Please stick to groomed trails and remain off of ungroomed sections. Staff will continue to monitor trails throughout the warmer weather.

All hiking trails become snowshoe trails once there is sufficient snowfall. Check back here for trail conditions when they become available. 

  • Online at ahtrails.ca starting December 22
  • By self-registration with cash at the trailhead (bring correct change, prices listed are pre-tax)
  • At the Trails Office across the road from the ski trail parking lot

Trail map 

Ski Trail Descriptions 

Per Person +hst Daily after 2 p.m.

2-day pass consecutive days

3-day pass consecutive days Family Equipment Rental
Adult (18-59) $13.67 $9.67 $24.61 $34.86 15% off $34.98
Senior (60+) $11.13 $7.74 $20.02 $28.37    
Youth (ages 6-17) $8.71 $5.80 $15.69 $22.22   $27.98
Groups (15+ persons) 20% discount   
Persons with a disability 50% discount  

Annual Passes

Individual $79.21

Youth (Up to 17) $50.45

Senior (60+) $64.41

Family $153.92

Early Bird Discount (Before Dec. 15) 15% Discount

*All prices subject to applicable taxes

Annual passes can be purchased from the AH Trails Office by calling 706-766-9033. 

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.

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