Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail

The 23rd most popular cross country ski area in Ontario.

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Close to Huntsville, the Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail (28km) is named for the historic Minnesing Road, part of which is followed by the return section of the ski trail. The road ran from the Highland Inn on Cache Lake to Minnesing Lodge on Burnt Island Lake. Visitors to this luxury wilderness lodge (operated by the Grand Trunk Railway from 1913 to 1923) came by rail to Cache Lake, and then travelled 16 km over the bumpy road by horse-drawn wagon to Burnt Island lake. In later years, Camp Minnesing became a religious retreat - before ultimately being torn down in the 1950s.

The Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail is not a groomed ski trail. It is however, one of the finest wilderness cross-country ski trails within Ontario Parks, complete with warm-up huts! As an ungroomed trail, wide backcoutry skis are needed.

The trailhead is located about 23 km east of the west park entrance on Route 60. The trails start from the Canisbay Campground parking lot on the north side of the road.

Overall, Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail is the 23rd most popular cross country ski area of all 49 Nordic ski destinations in Ontario. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail including Leaf Lake Ski Trail, Arrowhead Provincial Park and Fen Lake Ski Trail.

Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  APP (705) 633-5572; Ontario Visitors Bureau (800) 668-2746; Road Conditions (416) 235-1110; Ontario Ski Council (416) 426-7262.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Jan. - Feb.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Algonquin Nordic Wilderness Lodge, Harcourt (705) 745-9497; Crooked Chute Cabin (705) 633-5572

Luxury Loding:  Killarney Lodge (705) 633-5551; Sir Sam s Inn (800) 361-2188; Domain of Killien (705) 457-1100

Reference Source:  click here http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/

GPS:  45.55, -78.585

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  11/10/2017

ID:  7107

Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail Cross Country Skiing Map