Minnesing Wilderness Ski Trail
The 23rd most popular cross country ski area in Ontario.
Friday 10 November 2017 01:58 GMT
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, Fen Lake Ski Trail and Arrowhead Provincial Park.