For adventure seekers and nature lovers alike, Ontario’s Highlands’ ample amounts of Crown Land territory offers a rare opportunity uncommon in crowded southern Ontario – the chance to escape from it all.
Visions of city skyscrapers and sprawling suburbs will fade into memory once you’ve arrived at our back country trails’ front door; now all that stands between you and adventure, is the drive to explore.
What better way to survey uninhabited pockets of pristine winter wilderness than by snowshoe, an energizing winter activity growing in popularity not only because of its simplicity – minimal equipment is required – but for its freeing ability to explore uncharted territory. Trek into the deepest snow, heading far into the backcountry while listening to the soft crunch of snow under foot. Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll through the woods, or an uphill sprint, Ontario’s Highlands has plenty of space to explore.
At Silent Lake Provincial Park you’ll find more than 40 km of groomed cross-country ski trails all accessible from the same entry point, including loops for all level of skiers and an 8 km trail groomed especially for skate-skiing. Warm up huts stocked with stove and firewood dot the trails, welcoming trail-goers seeking a place to rest and exchange adventure stories.
True winter enthusiasts will love the winterized yurts for rent at Silent Lake, and the friendly park staff offering ski-doo transportation from camp site to headquarters. For those looking for a more traditional accommodation, head into nearby Bancroft and choose from a wide selection of places to stay, such as the Bancroft Inn & Suites. Try out or Where to Stay guide to help plan your trip.