Where to snowshoe in Ontario Parks

Remember to always check the Snow Report before you go to ensure conditions are favourable for snowshoeing.

Nature looks completely different under a glittering blanket of snow. Why not strap on some snowshoes and experience Ontario Parks in a whole new way this winter?

Check out some winter parks with top-notch snowshoeing opportunities:

Pst! We recommend snowshoers stay on the trails. They’re designed to show off our parks’ picturesque spots (like the above view of Killarney’s Turtle Rock), while keeping both you and the environment safe.

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

frozen waterfall

The falls are spectacular in the winter. Enjoy the views from the boardwalks before heading out on the trails.

Explore the Mountain Portage Trail, an easy loop with excellent views of the falls, gorge, and river. For more of a challenge, try the Little Falls Trail.

Frontenac Provincial Park

person snowshoeing in a park

Nature-lovers come from around the globe to explore Frontenac Provincial Park‘s trails. Perched on the southern arm of the Canadian Shield, this park features granite outcrops, vast wetlands, scenic lakes and mixed forests.

The trail network boasts short loops for beginners, as well as 20 km+ routes for the seasoned adventurer.

Killarney Provincial Park

A frozen river in winter.

Killarney’s iconic wilderness looks even more beautiful when blanketed in snow.

As you pass through mature pine forests, open fields and frozen marshlands, don’t forget to take a break and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable landscape.

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

person snowshoeing in forest

Quiet winter wanderers of Wasaga Beach’s of snowshoe trails are rewarded with sights of wildlife, including White-tailed Deer and winter birds.

The Wasaga Beach Nordic and Trail Centre offers equipment rentals shelters to warm up a lunch on a crisp winter day.

Silent Lake Provincial Park

person in snowshoes, looking out at frozen lake

Silent Lake is the ultimate destination for winter-loving families.

Bonnie’s Pond Hiking Trail is converted into a 3 km snowshoe trail during the winter season.

Silent Lake also grooms a 5 km loop of their Yellow Ski Trail for snowshoers.

Algonquin Provincial Park

Person hiking on Track and Tower Trail in winter

This iconic park looks so different in the winter!

If you are trying snowshoeing for the first time, try Algonquin’s Logging Museum Trail, at Km 54.5 (Hwy 60). The trail is a loop, with a few gradual hills.

Looking for more of a challenge? Try the Hemlock Bluff trail at Km 27.2, a loop taking you to a cliff overlooking a lake.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

A winter hiker on a trail

Enjoy pristine views of the Ducks Unlimited Canada wetland as you snowshoe the Tower Trail at MacGregor Point. The Lake Ridge Trail offers a slightly greater challenge. This trail showcases the Nipissing bluff as it winds through a mixed forest landscape.

For the truly adventurous soul, snowshoeing through the giant snow drifts along Old Shore Road Trail is worthy of a bucket list for sure!


Springwater Provincial Park

group of snowshoers

Spend an enjoyable day snowshoeing and wildlife viewing at Springwater.

Quetico Provincial Park

misty winter river with frost covered trees

The Dawson Trail Campground has an excellent network of winter trails. A trail winding its way along the French Lake shoreline is a favourite with snowshoers.

Ski trails are shared trails. Snowshoers are asked to stay on the side of the groomed tracks.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Rock formation
The Sea Lion

Winter guests can snowshoe a variety of hiking trails while enjoying some great scenery and wildlife viewing.

Popular trails include the Sea Lion, Sawyer Bay, and a portion of the Kabeyun Trail to Tee Harbour.

Pinery Provincial Park

snowshoers on Lake Huron shoreline

Pinery’s ungroomed trails and closed campground roadways are perfect for snowshoeing.

A favourite is the Cedar Trail extension, which has beautiful Lake Huron vistas.

Mashkinonje Provincial Park

Mashkinonje showshoe

Mashkinonje is one of Ontario Parks’ best-kept snowshoeing secrets with 30 km of looped snowshoe trails to explore.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Bronte Creek snowshoe

This GTA park (just minutes off the QEW) boasts 10 km of trails. Visitors can take in beautiful natural landscapes and glimpse winter wildlife.

Rushing River Provincial Park

River in winter

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Rushing River under a blanket of snow. Explore the park’s hiking trails by snowshoe.

Windy Lake Provincial Park

Windy Lake snowshoe

Being high on the edge of the Sudbury Basin, this park gets great snow.

Windy Lake offers over 10 km of trails. One trail loops through the park on the high ground above the lakeshore, offering beautiful views. Another winds through the hilly terrain of the Onaping Falls Nordics Ski Club trails.

The club’s chalet is open weekends and offers snowshoe and ski rentals.

No snowshoes?

Algonquin, Arrowhead, Frontenac, KillarneyPinery, Silent Lake, Wasaga BeachWindy Lake, and Killarney rent snowshoes.

Which park will you explore this winter?