Our most recent trip was to Arrowhead Provincial Park. We have wanted to visit the park for the past couple of winters and we had an open weekend so we went ahead. We were certainly not disappointed. Arrowhead is a winter wonderland for anyone who enjoys being outside in the winter (and quite possibly for those who don't enjoy it).
We arrived early Saturday morning and planned on cross country skiing. The trails were impeccably groomed with tons of snow, a far cry from the ice covered grass back home. The entire family (plus the inlaws) left the Arrowhead Warm Up Shelter and skied the 3.2 kilometres around the Roe trail (trail map). Despite the fact that the trail was an easy ski with few ups and downs the scenery was just stunning. Our son who is seven had no troubles with the distance. He would have been happy to go at least a little further. Our daughter who is five did get a little tired and was towed for a short while. After a bit of a rest (for her) she was happy to finish the under her own steam. I was very impressed. On our way back to the warmup cabin we skied past a pile of lessons for the young and old. If you live in the area this would be a great way to learn or improve you skills.
|Skiing the Roe Trail|
Once the skiing was finished we headed over the the tubing hill. What a riot. The ride was long and fast. Many adults were content to do one run and call it quits (it's a long walk back up), but kids just want to keep going.
Saturday night we gave the skating trail a try for their Fire and Ice night. On Saturdays they light a tiki torches around the trail. Talk about a magical experience. Imagine skating through the woods in the dark. It was a very popular event. The camp fires were going at the trailhead and we brought some marshmallows along to toast. We returned on Sunday to skate in the daylight. It was a picture perfect day. The sun was shinning, there was snow on the trees and the temperature was in the minus twenties.
|Along the Skating Trail|
|Mayflower Lake Trail|
We applaud Ontario Parks, and specifically Arrowhead, for making the outdoors more appealing to more people during the winter months.