The Bendor & Graves Tract is a little known woodlot offering a chance for Toronto area skiers to go for a quick loop for free.
Being just north of the city, it offers 7 km of wide paths to explore with a few gentle hills and flat stretches.
I prefer the west side, Kennedy Rd. entrance to start which is quiet and has enough spots for parking. When you enter the forest the paths split and branch off giving you a few choices for a return route.
As you work your way to the north east side the trail opens up to a field with newly planted trees. This takes you to the McCowan Rd. parking lot.
If the cold winds are blowing you may not want to venture farther. And the trail gets pretty straight too.
Over the last few years snow has been limited. (stating the obvious)
Your timing to go and ski should be just after a snowfall as it is a popular spot for dog walkers, hence the new snow will get trampled within a day or two. And also watch out for dog poop!
Snowshoers have plenty of area to traverse. Try to find the pond on the south end and the train tracks that wind up the middle. You really cannot get lost here.
If you own your own gear and don’t want to do the big drive to a resort, then this place is great for a half day outing and it’s free too!