Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Winter Visit to Frontenac Provincial Park

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of visiting Frontenac Provincial Park. One of the things that I like most about Frontenac Park is that it's a wilderness park that isn't too far a drive from many locations in Eastern Ontario. Don't let the term 'wilderness park' scare you off. It simply means that you need to use your own power to get to where your going. They have short hiking trails and campsites that are a short paddle from the access points. The park also offers great opportunities for longer trips.

In winter the park office is open so you can use the facilities, get changed or sit by the fire and have a bite to eat. The Friends of Frontenac Park even offer free hot chocolate on the weekends (They also offer some great Skills Training Program).The park has 10 kilometres of groomed and well maintained trails, which offer some incredible scenery. While there we skied a portion of the Corridor Trail which was narrow and curvy. Having said that our seven year old, who went the furthest, had no troubles with the trail. It was very peaceful and we felt as if we were in the middle of nowhere.
Corridor Trail
If you're looking for something a little on the easier side try the Big Salmon Lake Road trail, which essentially runs parallel to the Corridor Trail (Trail Map). It's quite a bit wider with two sets of ski tracks and a path for snowshoeing. There are some ups and downs but nothing too wild.
Big Salmon Lake Road Trail 2013
Although on this trip we skied, two years ago we snowshoed a portion of the Big Salmon Lake Road Trail. It was great. Our kids were too young to do the entire trail, but we still had so much fun. We snowshoed until the kids were tired then we plopped down in the snow next to the trail for a snack and some hot chocolate. The trail was wide enough that had anyone come by they could have still passed easily. There are many other options for snowshoeing. See the trail guide for details.
Snowshoeing Big Salmon Lake Road Trail 2103
Although we have been to Frontenac Park a couple of times there is still a lot to explore. You can snowshoe on any of the hiking trails and they offer winter camping. We will definitely be taking advantage of this opportunity at some point in the future. I get very excited every time I think of camping in such a beautiful winter wonderland. If you're feeling adventurous why not try their Camping Challenge where the goal is to spend at least one night per month camping in the park.
Boardwalk on the Doe Lake Trail
Overall, we always have a great time when we visit Frontenac Park. It is stunning any time of year, but there's something about the fresh undisturbed snow that makes it so especially appealing in the winter. We will certainly be back (in all seasons).

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