Just by the river the Capreol Cross-Country Ski Club runs an excellent, little known set of classic cross-country ski loops that are worth the drive if you are in the Sudbury area.
Run by volunteers, the trails are well groomed, folks are friendly and prices are more than reasonable.
Beginners can start with an almost flat loop Renes Trail that takes you to the Vermilion River’s edge, while seasoned skiers may wish to head up the incline to more hilly runs.
I found none of the hills too challenging, and most were short and straight in nature.
This is a scenic spot with trails meandering through a forest of white birches and spruce, with the odd giant boulder the size of a car.
Here you will find a great low-key almost rustic feel to your ski experience. Ski trails wind up into the serene backwoods gradually. A few old signs keep you going and the landscape varies enough to make it fun.
The 10km expert red loop is the highlight with birches and boulders. Long but not super hard and you can shorten that length by cutting out two smaller loops from it. At the end you get rewarded with a long straight downhill bomber.
Another fast downhill can be had if you take the upper High Line trail back.
Be sure to try the Low Line trail that runs along the pond (Black Bird Lagoon). Very pretty, with the hill of white birches on your left.
This ski spot has no skate skiing, and with almost continuous double set track on each side of the trail for all the loops, you would be challenged to even try and skate it.
The ski club has considered cutting snowshoe trails but needs younger lads to join and help in the effort I am told. Monthly moonlight skiing.
NEW 2 km Snowshoe trail was cut this past summer. Trail map coming… Free with welcomed donations.