Whether you are a cross-country skier, snowshoer, hiker, skijorer or ice skater, there is something for every winter outdoor enthusiast at Arrowhead Provincial Park. The park is a little over 2hrs north of Toronto, Ontario near Huntsville. Arrowhead turns into a beautiful winter wonderland during this season!
- There is FREE tubing and tubes provided at the tubing hill, which is included in your daily vehicle permit fee; $17 on weekdays, $20 on weekends or $85 for a winter season vehicle permit, taxes included (this covers anyone in your vehicle).
- You can stay overnight in one of their 10 rustic cabins. You can reserve a cabin here. Be sure to book early since the cabins are very popular during winters.
- You can enjoy a 1.3km loop of ice skating, along the Ice Trail, through a forest lit by tiki torches called “Fire & Ice Nights”. The Fire & Ice nights don’t happen every night, so it’s best to check out the event listing on the Ontario Parks page. Also, if you are going to one of the skate nights, I highly recommend going there early. It starts at 6pm, but my friend and I arrived at 4:30pm to walk around the park and find good parking. Some friends that were meeting with us came later around 5:30-6pm and ended up waiting in a 45 minute lineup of cars at the parks entrance. You can also skate daily 11:00 am- 3:00pm on skate nights. There isn’t a place to sharpen your skates, so remember to do so beforehand. If you don’t have skates, don’t worry, there is a rental shop at the Visitor Centre which opens at 5:30pm. At the Ice Trail there is a warm fire pit to sit at and roast snacks and cubbies to store your belongings. Apparently Saturdays are the busiest for the Fire & Ice Nights, so it’s best to go on a weeknight if you have the choice.
- You can snowshoe on various clearly marked snowshoe trails that range from easy to moderate. If you feel adventurous you can go off-trail snowshoeing through the forest or even go around Arrowhead Lake.
- There is 28km of classic ski trails and 16km of skate ski trails ranging from easy to difficult. A daily ski pass per person is: $7 (ages 6-17) , $15 (18+) and $10 (65+). I highly recommend checking the Ontario Parks Ski Report for updates on the trail conditions since all activities are weather dependent.
- Try skijoring with your four legged furry friend. Skijoring is a Scandinavian activity which involves a cross-country skier skiing while their dog wearing a harness pulls. The “SportLab” hosts skijoring events at Arrowhead and provides instruction and has gear to lend.
- Warm up at the new Visitor Centre at Arrowhead. There is a big room with large scenic windows that has many benches and tables where you can enjoy the warm fireplace. The room has several microwave ovens you can use to heat your food and drinks. The rental shop is also located there. The rental area also sells some snacks and warm drinks.
*Note: I highly recommend checking the Ontario Parks Ski Report for updates on the trail conditions since all activities are weather dependent.*
|Ice skates (3 hours)||$10.00|
|Snowshoes (half day)/Snowshoes family rate (half day)||$10.00/$30.00|
|Cross-country skis, boots, poles||Classic||Skate Ski|
|Adult (full day)||$23.00||$30.50|
|Adult (half day)*||$17.50||$23.00|
|Youth<18 (full day)||$17.50||$23.00|
|Youth<18 (half day)*||$13.00||$17.50|
|Family (full day)||$72.00||$96.00|
|Family (half day)*||$55.00||$72.00|
*Half day rentals start at 1 pm*
Saewan and I had intentions to go snowshoeing outside of the city and when we heard that the Bubble Bus was going to be at Arrowhead Provincial Park at the Fire and Ice Night, we felt a calling to join the fun and follow the bubbles! The Bubble Bus is an artistic illuminating bus that produces music and good vibes! Check out their page here. We had a blast ice skating at night through the forest lit by pretty tiki torches and enjoyed spreading bubbly positivity with the Bubble Bus.