Winter Fun in the Ganaraska Forest

Cross-country skiing is fun, invigorating and a great form of exercise for the whole family. The Ganaraska Forest is an ideal location to take part in this outdoor activity; offering some of the most picturesque, groomed cross-country ski trails in Ontario. Venture out from the Ganaraska Forest Centre onto more than 35 kilometres of groomed and track-set trails meandering through pine and hardwood forest, challenging skiers of varying ability levels. There are also two snowshoe trails to enjoy – one at 2.5 kilometres and a longer one at 8 kilometres.

If you haven¡¦t been on those skis or shoes in a while, or are thinking of sprucing up your skills, then come out on January 21st for the GRCA’s Family Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Day. The Ganaraska Forest is beautiful in the depth of winter, especially on a pair of skis! Receive an introductory lesson and then go on a guided ski through the central forest. After you participate in the program, why not give snowshoeing a try?! Pre-registration and payment ($25.00 – includes equipment) for one of two fun-filled sessions is required by calling 905.885.8173.

Tips to get the most out of your day:

  • Ski within your ability
  • Check ski trail conditions before starting out by calling or stopping in at the Ganaraska Forest Centre (905.797.2721 or 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Campbellcroft ON)
  • Dress in layers / wear a hat
  • Ski with a buddy
  • Do warm-up stretches before skiing
  • Don’t ski when tired or start out after 3 p.m.
  • Carry a small pack with the following:
  • Extra clothing
  • Whistle
  • Snack and water bottle
  • Trail map and compass
  • Duct tape and other supplies for quick repairs
  • Ski waxes, cork, scraper

Know the skier¡¦s responsibility code:

  • Ski in the indicated direction and observe all signs
  • Don’t litter; pack up all garbage
  • Don’t block the trail. Move off the trail if you fall or want to take a break
  • Yield the track to faster skiers or skiers calling “Track”
  • Don’t bring dogs on the trails

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are both wonderful ways to get a cardiovascular workout while enjoying nature in winter. Following all of these useful tips will ensure that you have an enjoyable ski!