Cross Quetico Lakes Ski Tour: a Quetico tradition for skiers

Today’s post comes from Chris Stromberg, a backcountry operations specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.

Quetico Provincial Park is known globally among the canoeing enthusiasts for its connecting lakes and waterways, undeveloped landscape and road-less, non-mechanized travel.

In winter, Quetico becomes very quiet. The occasional ice fishers, snowshoers, or skiers will likely witness far more animal tracks than signs of humans.

In the late winter, however, Aitkokan’s local ski club, The Beaten Path Nordic Trails, hosts a unique event that creates a pattern of ski tracks across the frozen backcountry canoe routes of Quetico Provincial Park.

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Quetico’s Sawmill Lake Classic Ski Tour

Today’s post comes from Quetico Provincial Park‘s superintendent, Trevor Gibb.

The smell of crisp clean pine and spruce trees. The sight of fresh moose, wolf, otter, and hare tracks zigging and zagging across the path in front of you. The chirp of a chickadee. The crunch of the bright white snow and the gentle bite of the winter air on your cheeks.

This is cross-country skiing in a wilderness park. This is what winter is all about.

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The Cross Quetico Lakes Tour: a true winter adventure

Every March, cross-country skiers of all abilities descend on Quetico Provincial Park and the nearby town of Atikokan for the Cross Quetico Tour.

Normally known for its world-class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways become a winter venue for a ski adventure like no other.

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At the finish line!

Banner photo: Dan Ventrudo, via The Chronicle-Journal.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park hosted a hugely successful cross-country ski festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

The 41st annual Sleeping Giant Loppet attracted close to 800 skiers. They were supported by 200 volunteers, and another 100 friends and family cheering them on.

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