People who don’t like winter probably haven’t tried snowshoeing—there’s a quiet beauty to the woods on a snowy day that makes the season all worthwhile. If you’ve already got a pair of snowshoes, you’re ready to strike out for any one of Kawarthas Northumberland’s hiking and skiing trails. For those who want to give the sport a try before investing in gear, or just want to walk a particular trail without sinking up to their knees, though, these suggestions will help you plan a snowshoeing trip.
Kawartha Nordic (7107 Highway 28)
Get used to seeing Kawartha Nordic on “best of winter” lists—the destination is locally famous for offering an optimal balance of groomed and backcountry ski trails. In addition to 46km of ski trails, however, they offer a healthy 9km dedicated to snowshoeing. Snowshoes can be rented for a low day-use fee (just be sure to call ahead to confirm availability). You’ll be impressed how remote the forest feels despite being only about 40 minutes north of Peterborough.
Wild Rock Outfitters Snowshoe Rental (169 Charlotte Street, Peterborough)
If you’re looking to hit a trail with no rental services of its own, gear up at Wild Rock first. The Peterborough-based outfitter offers a variety of snowshoe types for adults and kids for $15/day, making for a pretty affordable adventure. Wild Rock also offers occasional guided treks and special snowshoe events, so check their website for updates.
Ganaraska Forest Centre (10585 Cold Springs Camp Road)
The Ganaraska Forest Centre is a multi-sport playground. In the winter, its 10km of marked snowshoe trails offer a serene mix of pine and hardwood forest just half an hour north of Port Hope. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and you’re set.
Northumberland County Forest (multiple access points)
The Northumberland County Forest is one of Northumberland’s star attractions, with a network of multi-use trails suited to a range of abilities. The Beagle Club Road access is earmarked for skiiers only during the winter, but the Woodland Trails offer the opportunity to snowshoe to your heart’s content.
Eganridge Resort, Golf Club & Spa (26 Country Club Drive)
Planning a weekend getaway? Eganridge Resort offers guests complimentary snowshoes to explore 4km of trail on the property. The route passes through a closely wooded section and opens onto a grand view of Sturgeon Lake—the opportunity to warm up beside a roaring fireplace afterwards certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Elmhirst’s Resort (1045 Settlers Line)
Another excellent choice for an overnight stay is Elmhirst’s Resort, which boasts both snowshoe-ready nature trails as well as convenient access to the picturesque section of the Great Trail between Lang and Hastings. Book the Fire & Ice Adventure package and you’ll get to experience Elmhirst’s renowned dining as well.
N2 Adventures (3392 County Road 2)
If a guided experience appeals to you, N2 Adventures blends diverse landscapes with the chance to fuel up on local food and drink. Visit their website to see the mouth-watering culinary options and calming surroundings—you might just decide to make it an overnight at the Honey Cove cottage.
The Saucy Willow Inn (6 Nipissing Street)
Coboconk may be best known for its boating, but in the winter it offers top-notch snowshoeing as well. The Saucy Willow provides snowshoes with its room or cottage rentals, as well as expert advice on nearby trails so you can explore the secluded corners of Kawartha Lakes.
Looking for more ideas? See Kawartha Lakes’ list of snowshoe trails