Where Should You Go Cross Country Skiing in the Bruce Peninsula?

Are you planning a trip to Canada this winter? You’ll be experiencing one of the most beautiful winter wonderlands on the planet. Even though the conditions are frigid, there are still plenty of things to do in Ontario during your stay. The Bruce Peninsula, in particular, offers plenty to see and do, even in the wintertime.

Want to enjoy nature and get active at the same time? Discover why cross country skiing is one of the most famous Bruce Peninsula winter activities!

About Cross Country Skiing

First, what is cross country skiing? What makes it different from ordinary skiing? When you typically think of skiing, you might picture using a ski lift or another form of assistance to move throughout the snow. Cross country skiing doesn’t involve this extra help, though. Instead, skiers rely on their motion to get across the terrain. If it sounds particularly challenging, don’t worry; there are plenty of cross-country ski trails in Ontario accessible to even the newest beginners.

There are tons of benefits to cross-country skiing during your stay in our Bruce Peninsula cottage rentals. First, you’ll get to experience the stunning nature of Ontario up close and personal. You’ll also be able to get outside and fit in a bit of exercise during your vacation. Cross country skiing is also a great way to spend quality time with the ones you love, and who knows? You might end up falling in love with the sport and picking up a new hobby!

Sauble Ski Trail

The first place you may want to cross country skiing in this area is the Sauble Ski Trail, conveniently located near our most popular Sauble Beach cottage rentals. When you visit this area, you’ll find nearly 20 kilometers of groomed ski trails of varying difficulties, perfect for skiers of any age or skill level. You can find these trails located just one kilometer north of Sauble Falls. 

To get started, it’s best to check out the Main Loop, which is the shortest ski trail at just 2.8 kilometers. Then, if you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, check out Ruth’s Ridge or the East Loop, which each come in at just under 4 kilometers. Want to explore the entire Sauble Ski Trail in one fell swoop? Check out John’s Lake Loop, which gives you a breathtaking view of the whole property and spans almost 11 kilometers.

Visit the chalet to purchase your day passes to come and ski here. Adults can ski for just $8 per day, and accompanied children under 16 can ski for free. Keep in mind that you must wear your day pass at all times while on the trail.

Colpoys Ski Trail

Next on our list is the Colpolys Ski Trail, which is just a short distance from our cozy Wiarton cottage rentals. These groomed trails provide a breathtaking view of the woods and fields of the area; at one point, you’ll even be able to experience the famous Bruce Trail. Keep your eyes peeled for an incredible view of the bay as well! Before you come, you can find out about the ski trail conditions on the Bruce Ski Club website or Facebook page. That way, you know exactly what you’re in for when you arrive at the trails.

All in all, you’ll have 11.5 kilometers of cross-country ski trails to explore, offering hours of fun on the slopes. The easiest way to purchase your day pass is to visit the Colpoys Ski Trail trailhead. You’ll find the trailhead north of Colpoys Bay on Bruce Road 9. Passes cost $10 per adult, $5 per high school student, or $2 per child age 12 and under.

Stoney Island Conservation Area

According to locals and visitors alike, the Stoney Island Conservation Area is one of the most popular spots for cross country skiing. Located just north of our Kincardine cottage rentals, this destination has more than six kilometers of ski trails for you to enjoy, as well as five kilometers of snowshoe trails. The Kincardine Cross Country Ski Club is proud to maintain the trails and provide a safe and fun place for all visitors to enjoy.

Guests are welcome to come and visit the trail every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. As you ski, you’ll get a phenomenal view of Lake Huron and can venture through lush forests as you make your way down the hill. Be prepared to pay a $5 parking fee when you get here. Be sure to come back in the warmer months of the year to use these very same trails for biking, walking, jogging, and bird watching!

Deer Run Trail

To get to our final destination for cross country skiing in the Bruce Peninsula, you’ll need to head to MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Here, you’ll find the incredible Deer Run Trail, which covers 11 kilometers of some of the most beautiful nature in Canada. Both beginners and experienced skiers are welcome to check out this trail, which will take you through breathtaking forests and lush wetland areas. The main courses are groomed for your convenience, but you can also venture to the unplowed park roads for a few more kilometers of skiing.

While you’re here, you may also be interested in ice skating, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling. Through it all, you’ll have a fantastic view of Lake Huron and will have access to amenities like the Park Store and day-use picnic area. You could honestly spend an entire day enjoying everything that the park has to offer!

Even though Bruce Peninsula weather gets quite cold in the wintertime, you don’t have to stay cooped up in your cottage the entire time you’re here. Brave the trails and enjoy some incredible cross-country skiing with your family! At the end of the day, though, you’ll want a welcoming and relaxing place to get warm and rest after all that exercise. That’s where we come in! Rent Cottage is proud to be your premier resource for cottage rentals in Ontario and offers a wide range of properties throughout the Bruce Peninsula.

Plan Your Trip!

Our Ontario cottage rentals put you near all the best slopes! Experience the skiing trip of a lifetime and book your stay today!

As you browse our website, you’ll find that our cottages are suited to a wide range of needs, whether you’re traveling with your sweetheart or the entire family. You’ll always have a stunning location amid breathtaking nature, but you still won’t be far from town, offering plenty to see and do. Our cottages in Ontario are carefully designed for your comfort and safety, featuring fully stocked kitchens, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, and cozy living areas. Both during your booking and throughout your stay, our staff is available to you to recommend fun attractions on the site or to answer any questions you might have.

Experience Bruce Peninsula cross country skiing and plenty of other fun winter activities by contacting Rent Cottage today!


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