Best Ontario Cross Country Skiing Trails

Ontario has 44 cross country skiing areas.

  September 25, 2018

Located in Canada, the cross country skiing in Ontario offers over thirty cross country ski routes from which to choose. The best Ontario cross country skiing based on popularity are considered to be Durham Forest, Northumberland County Forest, Hardwood Hills, Bracebridge Resource Centre Trails, and Bruce Trail. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Ontario cross country skiing trail below.

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Ontario Cross Country Skiing Resources


Hardwood Hills

North of Toronto and Barrie, the Hardwood Hills have become a mecca with 6 trails totalling 32 km groomed for both classical and skate skiing. The trails roll through hills of maple forests. The tracks are divided into three networks based on difficulty and there is a user fee.  MORE INFO


Northeast of Sault Ste Marie, the Searchmont area contains over 250 miles of marked trails (50km groomed) including Hiawatha Highlands, Old Goulais Bay Road, and Old Christina Mine Trail. The terrain is steep, rugged and heavily forested.  MORE INFO

Stokely Creek Ski Touring

Located northeast of Sault Ste. Marie near Goulais River, the Stokely Creek area has 25 trails totalling 135km of well-marked groomed trails over 12,000 acres of wooded pine/birch valleys and frozen lakes on the Algoma Highlands. Many loops can be constructed for a total of 380km of cross country skiing trails. The trails roll through hardwood forests near creeks and waterfalls.  MORE INFO

Ganaraska Forest

Northeast of Toronto near Newcastle, the 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest covers the Oak Ridges Morraine and has one of the most extensive trails in southern Ontario. There are 6 trails totaling 35km of groomed cross country ski trails.  MORE INFO

Mansfield Outdoor Centre

North of Toronto near Alliston, Mansfield offers some of the finest cross country skiing in Southern Ontario. Our machine groomed and trackset trails wind their way through hundreds of acres of beautiful forest.  MORE INFO

Pinery Provincial Park

Southwest of Toronto and Grand Bend, the Pinery Provincial Park has 5 cross country ski trails totaling 37km. The trails wind through oak and pine forests, and a dune ridge.  MORE INFO

Hiawatha Highlands

North of Sault Ste Marie, the 3,000 acre Hiawatha Highlands wilderness preserve has 11 trails totaling 42km groomed for classical and skate skiing. The trails wind through hardwood highlands and cedar lowlands.  MORE INFO

Kamview Nordic Centre

Located on the western shore of Lake Superior near Thunder Bay, the Kamview Nordic Centre offer over 200 km of groomed cross country ski track with 15 km lit for night skiing.  MORE INFO

Highlands Nordic

North of Toronto and southwest of Duntroon, the Highlands Nordic ski area has 5 trails totaling 24km groomed for both classical and skate skiing. The trails roll through maplebush hills overlooking Georgian Bay.  MORE INFO

Scenic Caves Nordic Centre

Northwest of Toronto and Barrie, the Nordic Centre at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures provides access to 27km of groomed cross country ski trails. There are 15 trails spread across all levels of difficulty. The Scenic Caves nordic trails gently roll through dense hardwood forests.  MORE INFO

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

North of Toronto and Barrie, the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park has 6 cross country ski trails totaling 26km groomed for classical and skate skiing. The trails wind through forests and dunes.  MORE INFO

North Bay Nordic XC Ski Club

The North Bay Nordic XC Ski Club has over 40 km of cross country skiing trails are located north of Trout Lake on North Shore Road off Highway 63. These nordic trails range from 1.5 km to 17 km in length. Most trails are groomed and double track set.  MORE INFO

Temiskaming Nordic Ski Club

Near New Liskeard, the Temiskaming Nordic Ski Club offers 21km of groomed, well marked, skate and classical cross country ski trails that following the rolling terrain of the glacier esker in northern Ontario. Trails range from easy to advanced offering something for everyone.  MORE INFO