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For information on how COVID-19 is affecting other portions of Parks, Recreation & Trails Department please visit:              COVID-19 Impacts to Parks, Recreation and Trails Department 


Ski Trail Passes are now available online or by credit card by visiting or calling 1-866-364-4498

Equipment rentals are not available and the Trails Office is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions


Nordic Ski Trail Conditions:

Ski trails are open! We have groomed the Bunny, Sawmill, Bear, Otter, Deer as well as portions of the South Portion of the Beaver. The Marten remains closed.  We have not track-set any trails as the snow is not yet deep enough. Expect trails to be uneven with some bare spots showing. 

Current Conditions: Groomers on trail. Good, fresh powder on packed powder.

Base depth: 16cm with bare spots

New Snow: 5-8cm

Trails Open: All except North section of Beaver and Marten.  Moose trail remains closed as well.

Trackset Trails: None

Date Last Groomed: January 10th, 2021

Notes: While the Trails Office is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, Ski Trail passes are currently available only by self-registration. Cash can be paid by following the self-registration instructions located in the brown self registration hut in the Ski Trails parking lot. Credit card payments can be completed by calling 1-866-364-4498 or visiting our website at and following the steps outlined below:

  1. Create an account

  2. Choose Nordic Ski Trails

  3. Choose date of arrival and party size

  4. Choose Ski Passes on map

  5. Choose ski pass preference

  6. Complete confirmation steps and credit card payment

Please note that the confirmation email you receive will act as your permit. Please keep a copy of it while you are in the area (digital or phone is acceptable).


Ski and Snowshoe Trails      

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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 $14.42 $10.31 $25.96 $38.93 15% off $33.24
Senior $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  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


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.

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

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

Hours of Operation

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. 


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