Albion Hills Conservation Area is likely the best all-round spot to Cross-Country and Skate ski for someone from Toronto.
A rather varied wooded area, Albion Hills has interesting loops passing a Sugar Shack, lookouts, over bridges, by streams and through mixed forests and pine stands.
The trails are well-marked with plenty of route options. Ski my favourite: the Red trail 8.6 km and/or the Blue trail 5.5km, and you will likely get your fill.
There is a separate challenging Black 7 km Skate ski loop, not track set, which is not easy. As the name implies it is hilly and fields in sections can potentially have nasty winds.
Snowshoeing and Fatbikes are permitted on this trail too. No worries, it will not get busy.
For beginners, Albion is not the best place on your first day. There are not a lot of easy loops with gentle hills to get you started, but the beginner Green 1.8 km trail is flat.
Otherwise you will need to know how to climb, turn and stop or else it’s no fun.
The chalet is large and a nice place to hang out to eat your lunch or buy one.
If good snow falls it will keep the seasoned Nordic skiers happy with plenty of well-groomed trails to try.
The only issue here is that the mild winters we are getting may leave it icy or even closed (being south and close to warmer air from Lake Ontario). So check the conditions.
The prices are fair and the rental dept. is always busy. Being so close to Toronto it can get crowded on good weather weekends.
A great place on a sunny day for family and friends to get out and enjoy the snow and crisp air, whatever you do.