Slide and glide through winter by cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Toronto! In addition to the numerous parks and multi-use trails groomed for cross-country skiing in the GTA, there are snow loops on golf courses intended for snowshoeing and a number of conservation areas with groomed trails perfect for families. Here are some of our top spots.
Note: Check ahead for snow conditions before heading out. Also, dress for the weather!
City of Toronto Cross-Country Skiing Areas
A network of Midtown trails begins at the Kay Gardner Beltline Park that was once a past railway line. It then goes through Mount Pleasant Cemetery to the Moore Park Ravine, eventually leading all the way to Evergreen Brick Works in the Don Valley.
Address: 378 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto
Don Valley Ravine Trails
The entire Don Valley is a nature paradise in all seasons. Popular areas for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing include Crothers Woods, and Sun Valley and Cottonwood Flats in the Lower Don Parklands. Combined, they have kilometres worth of woodland trails.
Where: 44 Beechwood Drive, Toronto
One of the city’s best-known parks features an extensive network of trails perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Where: 1873 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Tommy Thompson Park
Otherwise known to locals as the Leslie Spit, this man-made peninsula in the east end of Toronto is car-free. Therefore, it’s a nice quiet spot to do some bird-watching. It also has an increasingly amazing view of the downtown skyline and the Toronto Islands the further out you go.
Where: 1 Leslie Street, Toronto
Toronto Island Park
Keep in mind that the only ferry running in winter months goes to Ward’s Island near the residential area. From here, you can ski or snowshoe the trails all the way to Centre Island.
Where: 1 Centre Island Park, Toronto
City of Toronto Snowshoeing Loops
Dentonia Park Golf Course
This golf course has unique elevations between the greens and fairways, plus picturesque water elements. It’s just north of the Victoria Park subway station for extra convenience.
Where: 781 Victoria Park Avenue, Scarborough
Don Valley Golf Course
The Don Valley Golf Course is located just off Yonge Street between York Mills Road and Highway 401, and features a rolling landscape and natural setting.
Where: 4200 Yonge Street, North York
Humber Valley Golf Course
Northwest of the intersection of Highways 400 and 401, this golf course has a combination of flat areas and valleys to keep visitors interested.
Where: 40 Beattie Avenue, Etobicoke
Tam O’Shanter Golf Course
This course north of Sheppard East in Scarborough is convenient to Highways 401 and 404, and is nestled alongside the Highland Creek.
Where: 2481 Birchmount Road, Scarborough
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Areas
The TRCA maintains trails in nine nature areas around the GTA, open for cross-country skiing for a fee. Rentals are also available in some areas.
Albion Hills Conservation Area – Caledon
Altona Forest – Pickering
Bond Lake Trail Head – Richmond Hill
William Granger Greenway (formerly Boyd North and Glassco Park) – Vaughan
East Duffins Headwaters and West Duffins Headwaters – Goodwood
Nashville Conservation Reserve – Vaughan
Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve – Richmond Hill
Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area – Caledon
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