Cross Country Ski Getaways

Four Cross-Country Skiing Getaways to Experience in Algoma

An Average Snowfall Of 10 Feet Algoma Has Lots Of Winter Adventures

Algoma Country is home to some of the finest Nordic skiing in the world from well-groomed trail systems to bold back-country treks through snowy landscapes of frozen lakes, icefalls and winter wildlife. There are many great places to cross-country ski here. Below are four ski getaways that you need to experience. Find more ski options by clicking here

From networks of trails just minutes from urban centres to lodges offering winter adventures off the beaten track, no matter which getaway you pick, be assured that you'll find a real winter adventure.

Hiawatha Highlands

(Photo credit: Virgil Knapp)

Sault Ste. Marie locals love this trail system. In summer, Kinsmen Park is a haven for walking, hiking, and biking. In the winter, this conservation area transforms into a winter playground for fine Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking. Cascading waterfalls in summer turn into glittering icefalls in winter and you'll discover quiet, peaceful solitude among the whispering pines -- you'd never guess you were that close to the city! Hiawatha Highlands offers 45 km of groomed cross-country ski trails and 14 km of snowshoeing trails, all of which are designed for both the beginner and the advanced skier.
Equipment Rentals: cross country skiing and snowshoeing are available
Fat Biking Trails: Yes
Passes Available: Seasonal and Day Pass, Group Rates
On-site Parking: Free
Amenities: Warm-up Shack, food and beverage

Mississagi Valley

The Mississagi Valley is one of the most scenic areas in Northern Ontario. When the snow blankets the rugged landscape, the Mississagi becomes a destination for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing escapades. You'll find old logging roads and back-country trails to set down your skis and begin a leisurely pace through majestic pines and past serene frozen lakes. When the lakes freeze over and the winter snow sets in year-round operators in this area offer fantastic winter getaways to come to play in the snow. You'll find fantastic winter getaways for housekeeping cabins, forest trails, delicious home-cooked meals and amenities to help you unwind after an invigorating day outdoors.
Where to Stay: Cedar Rail RanchLimberlost LodgeNorthern Skies Resort

snowshoeing trails algoma
Icefalls, snowy rock faces and a peaceful landscape await. (Photo credit: Rob Stimpson)

Elliot Lake Cross Country Ski Trails

Experience the beauty of a Northern Ontario winter in Elliot Lake, surrounded by pristine wilderness in the rocky Canadian Shield. Peaceful winter trails for cross-country skiing are just minutes from the city centre, well-groomed and perfect for the beginner or expert. The Spine Road Trail offers trails up to 15 km in length. If you're looking for something a little thrilling to add to your snow adventure, try the ungroomed backcountry trails and roads that follow along the shores of frozen lakes and through old-growth forests.
Amenities: Rest and warming areas located along the trail
On-site Parking: Located at Spine Road Beach, Free
Where to Stay: Dunlop Lake Lodge

(Photo credit: Larry Schleen)

The Boom Camp Interpretive Trails

Located at the mouth of the Mississagi River on the North Channel of Lake Huron, the Boom Camp Interpretive Trails easily turn from hiking trails to cross-country ski trails in winter. Skiers will enjoy 12 km of groomed trails, well-signed with unique interpretive signage along the paths outlining the rich cultural history of the area. Because of its location, Blind River which is in close proximity to neighbouring communities, you'll want to extend your stay to enjoy the other cross-country ski trail systems.
Passes Available: Seasonal and Day Passes
PH: (705) 356-7861
Amenities: Warm-up shack
Where to Stay: Lake Lauzon Resort

About Heather Bot

I'm a staff writer for Algoma Country and I hope my articles entice you to plan your next vacation in Algoma. Our beautiful area has everything you need for a true outdoor adventure: fishing and hunting, epic touring routes and breathtaking outdoors. We are home to many awesome places to eat, cool places to shop, museums and galleries, festivals and events. 

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