When you get to Algonquin Park, the Nordic trails at Fen Lake are where everyone goes. With 18 km of groomed track, skiers have 4 loops to enjoy.
The level of difficulty varies, with easier flat sections to moderate climbs and flowing descents. I found the grooming was well done.
The paths are a little narrow at times if you want to skate ski or need space to climb a hill. I was not sure where the 6 km of skate skiing was. Perhaps they had not groomed the trail the time I was there??
The Finlayson Loop 5 km is a good starter/ intro to this place. You start with a pleasant long glide down to Gateway Creek where it levels out and winds along. When you get to junction B, decide to return up the valley to your car or explore beyond.
Direction arrows on the map suggest you can get to the Cabin Trail warm up cabin on a level 2 km path. Light the wood stove if you need warmth and a rest.
If you can manage some moderate hills, try the 5 km Ridge Trail, it is worth doing or head back and around on Loggers Run.
For the beginner or wee ones, the 1 km Heron loop by the road is perfect.
This hardwood forest feels open to the sky with patches of dense evergreen Hemlock scattered along the trail. I never got bored with the ever-changing terrain and scenery. Stop and just listen at some point… Yes, that is the sound of silence.
The West Gate visitor centre has a few things you can buy: ski wax, T-shirts, park pass, but there is not much open in the winter up here. So before you arrive you should get your food, lodging or rentals worked out in the Huntsville, Dwight or Oxtongue Lake area.
For those of you who are truly fit, adventurous and in need of more challenging terrain, head to Leaf Lake.
No Snowshoeing here, thou try Hemlock Bluff or Oxtongue River – Ragged Falls, both excellent loops to stomp on .