TRAIL UPDATE: The Ice Skating Trail is currently CLOSED. The crew is working hard at getting it open as soon as possible, but still requires a few cold days to help with the ice making. Our best guess is the trail will be open on the first week of January, but this will be subject to weather. Check out the Arrowhead Twitter Feed for the latest updates.
The Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail has generated a tremendous amount of fanfare over the last couple of years, as thousands flock north to try this breathtaking skate through the forest.
The Ice Skating Trail's season opening is always subject to weather. Over the last two seasons, the ice skating trail has been open for the first week of January until roughly the second week in March.
These dates should help you plan your winter getaway to Muskoka. A word from the wise, the best ice conditions will always be during the week, so if you are able to scoot up to Muskoka midweek, you will definately be rewarded. If you want to start planning your winter getaway, find nearby accommodations in Huntsville.
Arrowhead Provincial Park's new ice skating trail may have garnered the park a lot of attention, but the truth is they have long been renowned as Muskoka's winter playground. The provincial park is regarded as one of the top cross country ski destinations in Ontario, with 28km of classic ski trails and 16km of skate ski trails, ranging in difficulty From beginner to expert.
The park also features a number of snowshoeing trails, with rentals for both snowshoeing and cross country skis available on site. If you want to get back to your childhood, there is a tubing hill at the park for you to whiz downhill on (tubes are provided).
If you need a break from the outdoors, the park has a number of heating stations with wood burning stoves for you to cozy up inside, perfect if you packed a lunch for your day of winter fun!
Very Important 'Insider' Information
- Saturdays are the busiest days for the Ice Skating Trail, and it often reaches capacity. On the busiest Saturdays wait times into the park have reached up to an hour, and worst case scenario vehicles have been turned away.
- To avoid dissapointment and for the absolute best experience, visit midweek or on Sundays!
- Fire & Ice nights are extremely popular. The Fire & Ice Nights on Thursdays expect to be less busy
- Should you find yourself unable to get into the Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail on the weekend because it has reached capacity, check out the other 3 local skating trails in Muskoka, each with their own unique experience!
From the Arrowhead Ice Trail Website.
Header image credit to KAT https://twitter.com/KatKX947
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