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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.   

Ski Trails

21 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 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!

January 18, 2019

CONDITIONS:   Machine groomed and Track Set. Excellent skiing!

SNOW DEPTH:  Variable up to 10cm, with some bare and icy spots, be cautious on all hills. 

NEW SNOW:    trace, mixed precipitation

TRAILS OPEN: 17km of 21km, Bunny, Sawmill, Bear, Fox, Otterslide, Beaver and Deer Trails all groomed and trackset. Other trails will be opened as more snow arrives.

GROOMING:  Machine groomed and track set on January 18th.

DATE LAST GROOMED:  January 18, 2019

NOTES:  Excellent conditions! 

MOOSE TRAIL - Beech bark disease has severely affected trees throughout the entire Moose Trail cross country ski loop. For the past several seasons we have worked diligently to keep fallen trees off of the trail and remove dead standing trees to ensure the safety of our trail users. Unfortunately the rate of infected beech trees has reached a critical point and there are hundreds of dead standing beech trees surrounding the moose trail, all of which are rotting and falling at an alarming rate. These trees are susceptible to 'beech snap' which is when large limbs break off without warning. This creates a major safety concern to trail users and for that reason the Moose Trail remain closed at this time. Staff will continue to monitor and maintain the Moose Trail until it has been decided it is acceptable to reopen the trail. For more information about the Beech Bark disease infecting our forests visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/beech-bark-disease. Thank you for understanding.

 

NOTES: SEND US YOUR SKIING PHOTOS! We would like to feature your photos in print ads and on social media! Send photos to trails@algonquinhighlands.ca. Please obey all signs and stay on groomed trails. 

Ski Trail Fees

Regular - Per Person
(including tax)
Daily After 2 p.m. 2-Day Pass 
Weekdays
3-Day Pass
Weekdays
With Equipment
Rental - Weekdays
Adult $13.00 $9.00 $20.00 $26.00 $25.00
Senior $10.50 $7.00 $16.00 $21.00 $20.00
Youth (ages 6-17) $8.00 $5.50 $12.00 $16.00 $20.00
Groups (15+ persons) 20% discount        
Disabled 50% discount        
Seasons Pass (including Taxes)
Individual $75.00        
Family $150.00        
Early Bird Discount (before Dec. 15) 15% discount        

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 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.

Seasons PassesHurry, and get yours today! Individual and Family Passes available.


HIKING AND SNOWSHOE TRAILS: January 2, 2019

FROST CENTRE RECREATIONAL SNOWSHOE TRAILS ARE OPEN BY DONATION AT THE TRAIL HEAD, AND TRAIL MAPS ARE AVAILABLE AT TRAIL HEADS AND AT THE TRAILS OFFICE. . PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL THE TRAILS OFFICE (705-766-9033) OR DROP IN TO FIND OUT SPECIFIC TRAIL INFORMATION.

DUE TO RAIN AND TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS PLEASE WATCH FOR SLIPPERY / ICY SECTIONS ON TRAILS. PLEASE VISIT OR CALL THE TRAILS OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ROUTES AND TRAIL CONDITIONS. HAVING A PAIR OF STRAP ON BOOT CLEATS IS RECOMMENDED. 

 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 using the newly installed mini loops on both the A/O and Elliot Lake Road side of the trail.

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.

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 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

November to April
Open 7 days a week (except public holidays)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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