On a quiet winter day

Hiawatha Highlands epitomizes why Nordic skiing is such a popular sport

There is truly something special about being on a cross-country ski trail during a quiet, still, winter day. You can hear the creaks and groans of the trees laden with the fresh snow. These sounds make apparent the great weight that this stuff put on their beautiful branches. Bits of green pop through the forest with the evergreens stubbornly invading the calm whiteness with beautiful shades of green, and the size of the trees tells you the story of how many decades people have enjoyed their mighty splendor.

Hiawatha Highlands is nestled in an untouched, beautiful conservation area on the outskirts of the bustling city of Sault Ste. Marie. This park setting is home to four seasons of activities, but the miles of beautifully groomed cross-country ski trails is by far its claim to fame. Graced with swelling hills, frozen waterfalls, and beautiful forests, Hiawatha truly epitomizes why Nordic skiing is such a popular sport.


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There are over 50 km of groomed trails and 2 km are lit until 9 pm. There is 9 km of single track snowshoeing and even a trail for the ever-growing snow bike enthusiast.

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Fresh track at Crystal Junction. (Photo credit: Hiawatha Highlands)

And when you are done for the day with your skiing excursion, you can warm up in the Kinsmen Centre located on-site. Enjoy a hot apple cider, or try a fresh brewed cup of St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters coffee. The Kinsmen Centre Warming Shack will be open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday 9am – 9pm, and Sunday 9am – 5pm during the regular season.

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(Photo credit: Hiawatha Highlands)
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Mockingbird Hill Farm Extension. (Photo credit: Hiawatha Highlands)

If you have never tried cross country skiing, Hiawatha offers instruction as well.

Get out, enjoy winter, breathe in that cold crisp clean air in a picturesque setting at beautiful Hiawatha Highlands.

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Lantern ski. (Photo credit: Hiawatha Highlands)

For more information about ski passes, rentals, and trail conditions visit http://hiawathahighlands.com. Daily and seasonal rates are available. Free parking for all and located only a few minute's drive from all the accommodations in the Sault!

About Carol Caputo

I am a staff writer for Algoma Country. My team markets the most beautiful area of Northern Ontario! We represent 28,000 square miles of pure outdoor paradise! Our offerings include urban, nature and outdoor tourism, fishing and hunting as well as fantastic motorcycle touring routes. And yes, I have the best job in the world! For more information on Algoma Country visit our website at www.algomacountry.com

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