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. 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.
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All ski and snowshoe trails start at the Trails Office located 12 km south of Dorset, at 20130 Hwy. 35 (beside Frost Centre) on Lake St. Nora.
26 km of classic cross-country ski trail 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 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
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 Conditions
March 19, 9A.M. --
CONDITIONS: Spring skiing. Icy sections. The trails are holding up and are still open to skiing. Skiing will be good while the base lasts. There are bare spots so please ski according to these spring conditions. You may need to remove your skiis in a few larger wash out sections, such along bear trail west.
South Fox, South Beaver, Bunny, Sawmill, Deer, East Bear are all in fairly good shape, with very few wash outs, however skiiers need to use caution at trail edges, and hill sections as the groomed trail width varies, as well as base depth.
Northern Fox, Marten and Moose have not been groomed and it is not advised to ski these trails. Large wash outs were experienced and others further in are expected, and due to these trails having much steeper sections, it is not advised to use these trails unless you are an advanced skiier.
GROOMING: Groomed but no track set , March 3. Trails staff will moniter and update the conditions this wknd.
TRAILS OPEN: 18km of 26 km. Northern Beaver Closed. Northern Fox and Marten, and Moose not groomed. It is advised to stay off these trails as there are many wash out sections.
NOTES: SEND US YOUR SKIING PHOTOS! We would like to feature your photos in print ads and on social media! Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please obey all signs and stay on groomed trails. Happy skiing!! Conditions are okay!
Hiking/ Snowshoeing Trail Conditions
All hiking/ snowshoeing trails are currently OPEN. Do note that the bridge that crosses Oxbow Creek at the halfway point on the Beetle Lake trail has been removed and is pending replacement - hikers will not be able to cross the creek and must return via the same route to the beginning.
Watch for logging operations on the Crests of Kennisis Trail - follow signage.
The Acclimatization Trail on the Frost Centre Hiking Trails is closed to the south of the western junction with the Fire Tower Trail. This means that the Fire Tower Trail can no longer be done as a loop and hikers using the Acclimatization Trail must finish the 4km loop by following the Fire Tower Trail. Please obey posted signage and respect private property.
Ski Trail Fees
|Regular - Per Person
|Daily||After 2 p.m.||2-Day Pass
Rental - Weekdays
|Youth (ages 6-17)||$5.00||$3.50||$7.50||$10.00||$20.00|
|Groups (15+ persons)||20% discount|
|Seasons Pass (including Taxes)|
|Early Bird Discount (before Dec. 15)||15% discount|
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.
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 Algonquin Highlands Trails office at (705) 766-9033.
20130 Highway # 35 North
Township of Algonquin Highlands
1123 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands, ON K0M 1J1
Hours of Operation
The Trails Office will be closed December 24-26. Self registration for skiing is required at the Self Registration Shelter in the ski trail parking lot outside of office hours. Please bring correct cash.
November to April
Open 7 days a week (except public holidays)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DocumentsFrost 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