Boom Camp

6 Boom Camp Trails, Blind River
Posted on January 29, 2021 / 538
Boom Camp
Listing Type : Cross Country Ski / Skate Ski
Location : Northern Ontario
Note : New Review
X-Ski km : 13
Skate km : 10
Snowshoe km : none
Skill Level : Easy
Terrain : small hills, gentle hills, flat sections
Facilities : parking, chalet, toilets/outhouse, change rooms, lodging near, food close by, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained, track set, gear rentals
Trail Fee : Yes

Length –  13 km

Cross Country track set   –  13  km
Skate Skiing  groomed  –  10 km
Snowshoe  trail –   none 

Skill – All levels – easy going

Terrain – Rather flat with a few small rolling hills through forest and open marsh areas.

Hours –  Daylight hours, monthly moonlight ski

Fee –  Adult day pass $ 10 cash dropbox, annual memberships

Trail Map – Well signed maps at junctions, no paper maps

Facilities –  Parking, chalet,  lessons, racing, biathlon, rentals call 705 356 7567

Highlights – Close to town, scenic views of North Channel, river, wilderness

Phone – 705 356 7861

Website – Town of Blind River

Current Conditions  

Similar Trails –  Kivi Park, Hiawatha, Porcupine Ski Runners

Local Clubs – Blind River Cross Country Ski Club – FB page

Access – At the west end of Blind River turn south off Highway 17 onto Birch St. watch for the blue signs along the way. Take the next right after Colonization Rd. to head over the canal bridge to the pavilion for Boom Camp Trails.

Some photos courtesy of Jenn Kelly Photography

On the north shores of Lake Huron, you will find 13 km of pleasant  Nordic ski track at Boom Camp Trails. Situated just outside the town of Blind River between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie.

For a century, mines, lumber mills and log booms full of floating tall white pines occupied the waterfront. Now all gone since 1969 the area has been repurposed for recreational actives.

These are the low lands where the Mississagi River delta spills into the lake so you will find no monster hills here. An easy day of cruising on your skis is on the menu.  I am told you can skate ski about 10 km of the loops but there are no Snowshoeing trails (yet). 

Three areas, the Harbour,  Woodlands and Delta Loops take you around on short treks. Most of the skiing is through the woods with a few open areas by marshes or rock outcrops. You can find a lookout platform on the Woodlands Loop.

The trails circling around do not come close to the edge of the frozen lake. You will need to take side trails out for a glimpse. I would think it would better that way when the cold winds are blowing.

The local cross country club maintains the trails and grooms them regularly. They also are actively instructing, racing and involved with the Nordic biathlon scene. 

If you are interested, stop along the route and read the many interpretive signs posted for hikers in the summer. The chalet, (not open this season) firepit and surroundings have a rustic country charm to them. 

Conveniently south of the main Hwy 17, find some time when you pass through town and get in a few loops. If you do visit Boom Camp there is a hot meal in town minutes away and lodging too.

Note: I almost did ski here last year but a late afternoon blizzard changed my mind. I thought it best to keep driving to Sudbury before it got dark. Recently I had an informative chat with the mayor of Blind River (and a skier ) which enabled me to write this post.

Opening Hours
  • Monday :Daylight Hours
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Boom Camp ski trail map

Boom Camp ski trail map

Reviews
4.7
Total Score 9 REVIEWS
Fun Factor: Scenic: Trail Design: Technical: Workout:
  • February 12, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    We are so blessed to have these wonderful and scenic trails, and less than a 10-minute drive from my house! I love going with my children, but I also love my time alone on the trails. I've (finally) taken up skate skiing over the past month and I am loving it! Our trails our well groomed, we have great instructors, and Margo and Michel are always willing to get someone set up with the proper gear, and knowledge! Who knows, next year perhaps I will step it up and try biathalon! Thank you!

  • February 5, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Beautiful trails very convenient to town just off the highway near the shore of Lake Huron. Our groomers do an amazing job, for classic and skating. The climate here is great for skiing, cold enough for reliable conditions, but not too cold to be unpleasant.

  • February 5, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    This is my first year as a member of the ski club. The trails are well groomed and lovely. A great escape during these uncertain times. Thank you to all of the volunteers who make this available to all enthusiasts.

  • February 3, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    The Blind River Boom Camp Ski Trails are my "happy place"! We have been skiing these wonderful trails for over 40 years and their beauty still brings a smile to my face. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers that keep our club going, especially to our Groomer Guy who does an incredible job, even with the limited snowfall this year! We have amazing ski instructors, so don't let that stop you. It really is the perfect family outing, as everyone gets to participate and have fun outdoors!

  • February 1, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    The best trails in Algoma Country!

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