Algonquin Highlands Snowshoe and Ski The Frost

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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.  

Nordic Ski Trail Conditions

As of 10:00 AM, February 24th, 2020

Open: All trails are open. 22km of 22km.

Base Depth: 50 cm

Conditions: Fair. Machine Groomed Frozen Granular on a hard pack.

Grooming:  All trails were groomed and trackset on Friday, February 23rd. 

Note: Temperatures are forecast to be in the positives later today, which may cause the trails to become soft and sticky.

We're proud of our trails and our groomers. If you have any feedback, please email them.

Check us out on social media @ahtrails

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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!

Ski Trail Fees

Per Person (tax incl) Daily after 2 p.m. 2-day pass (weekdays) 3-day pass (weekdays) Family Equipment Rental
Adult $14.00 $10.00 $25.20 $26.00 15% off $32.27
Senior $11.50 $8.00 $20.70 $29.32    
Youth (ages 6-17) $9.00 $6.00 $16.20 $22.95   $27.43
Groups (15+ persons) 20% discount  
Disabled 50% discount  
Annual Passes              
Individual $76.70            
Family $152.33            
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.

Trail map - CLICK HERE

Rentals - For information on ski and snowshoe rentals CLICK HERE

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

 

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. 


Snowshoe Trail Conditions

All recreational snowshoe trails are open by donation at the trail head. Trail maps are availagble at the trail head and trails office. 

All trails are marked with blue diamonds with location maps at each trail junction. 

Beetle Lake Trail: 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.

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 Acclimatization Trail ends via 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. 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 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

January 1st to end of March Break
Open 7 days a week (except public holidays) - Self registration available outside of office hours
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