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Where to Explore by Ski and Snowshoe in the Kawarthas
If you’re looking for some new, easy-to-get-to spots to explore the snowy season this year, here are a few trails to explore! Of course, if you haven’t ventured out to Kawartha Nordic, that’s always a must-visit.
Jackson Park & Trans Canada Trail
A great, in-town section of trail that is flat and tree lined for pretty snow-covered corridors. Thanks to the Peterborough Nordic Club, the trail is usually groomed for a 4km section west of Atkinson Road. As it’s part of the Trans Canada Trail, you can keep going as far as you like!
Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area
This spot features 3 trails ranging from 1.9km to 2.9km. You’ll explore varied scenery, including sugar maple forest, through a cedar bush, through open fields, or walk alongside the waters of the Trent canal. Some trail sections are quite hilly. Trails are not groomed.
Warsaw Caves features 13km of trails that meander through forests and across open limestone plains. Trails are not groomed.
Ken Reid Conservation Area
These 10km of trails just outside of Lindsay are perfect for exploring in winter weather. Gentle ups and downs loop through forests, meadows, and woodlands, punctuated by fine wintry views across Sturgeon Lake. Trails are not groomed.
Ganaraska is a skiers paradise: you’ll find more than 35 km of groomed and track-set ski trails here. Trails meander through pine and hardwood forest, offering a challenge to skiers of varying ability levels.
For snowshoe enthusiasts, the Ganaraska Forest provides two trails; a short 2.5 km loop and a longer 8 km loop.
Northumberland County Forest Trails
The Northumberland Forest offers a wealth of woodland snowshoeing and cross country ski experiences. There are 7 non-mechanically groomed ski trail loops, most of which are hilly and challenging. For snowshoeing, your best bets are the Woodland Trail and the Oak Ridges Trail. The Single Track Trails, east of Beagle Club Road, are also available for snowshoeing but are more difficult.