When Snow covers the ground for almost half of the year, it only makes sense to strap on a snowboard, a pair of skis or snowshoes and enjoy it. Northern Ontario offers networks of groomed cross country ski trails, a variety of packed snowshoe trails and endless backcountry to explore. For downhill skiing and snowboarding, Thunder Bay, Searchmont, Elliot Lake and Timmins are home to the largest downhill ski resorts in the region, and there is also an excellent backcountry ski area in Goulais River.
Northern Ontario also boasts world class cross-country skiing in the form of classic and skate trails. With strong Scandinavian heritage communities such as Kenora, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie have well-established ski clubs and extensive trail systems that are impeccably groomed and uncrowded. The Temagami area, Algoma highlands near Sault Ste. Marie, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park near Thunder Bay, and Quetico Provincial Park near Atikokan offer premium wilderness cross country skiing experiences.
Thunder Bay, Searchmont, Elliot Lake & Timmins have the largest downhill ski resorts.
Northern Ontario provides the perfect trails for snowshoeing across the area.
Many of the ski clubs in Northern Ontario have well groomed trails for cross country skiing.