Cross Country Skiing
Whether it's through scenic bush, meadows or along the water's edge, the Lake Huron Shoreline trails are a delight for cross country skiers! A variety of groomed and ungroomed trails for all skill levels wind their way through our cozy communities and picturesque rural areas.
In Southampton and Port Elgin, the flatness of the Saugeen Rail Trail makes for a leisurely ski easily accessible in each community. Ski the entire distance between the two towns, pausing to refuel at a local restaurant, or make it a shorter excursion by turning around at the halfway point.
While Southampton does not have an official trail system, gliding along the shoreline is a memorable experience on a sunny, wind-free day. Enjoy a quiet ski on the pretty lanes that wind their way through the cottage community. Or soak up the town's architectural history by touring along the less-travelled streets. Rentals are available at a local outfitting store .
Groomed trails in Beiner's Bush at the north end of Port Elgin are accessible by travelling west on the 10th Concession (toward Lake Huron) from Hwy 21. The trails can also be reached by skiing across Nodwell Park (also known as the Participark), with access behind Parkwood Drive. The Port Elgin Cross Country Ski Club, all volunteers, does the maintenance work on the approximate 10 km of trails that run through bush and over bridged frozen streams.
Numerous trails run through the park and many make terrific cross country ski trails through scenic wooded areas, wetlands and along the shore. Be forewarned, the trails are not groomed. The unplowed park roads can be skied, too! Park User Fee applies.
The Kincardine Cross Country Ski Club takes care of a network of three groomed trails, suitable for all skill levels and different styles of skiing. Enjoy a distinctive and diverse aspect of nature on each trail. Season's memberships and day passes are available at the Stoney Island trails.
Surrounding the majestic Lighthouse at Point Clark are four nature trails ideal for cross country skiing during the winter months. They can be accessed at several points throughout Point Clark and trail maps can be obtained by contacting the Township of Huron-Kinloss office at 519-395-3735.
Officially opened on September 22, 2002, the multi-use, four season Brant Tract sports several doublewide trails that cross country skiers will love! Located 6 kms south of Paisley on Brant Concession 12 and one km east of Bruce County Road 3, the entire trail system runs through 781 acres of reforested county property.
Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area
Skiers will enjoy the peacefulness and the scenery of Saugeen Bluffs in the off-season. Break your own trails or follow the tracks of those who have come before, as trails are not groomed. No user fee.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
Snowshoeing enthusiasts can travel pretty much anywhere in the park, breaking their own trails and enjoying the peacefulness of the winter outdoors.
The Brant Track
Several loops are doublewide and a great place to snowshoe to experience Mother Nature "up close and personal".