Frontenac Provincial Park has some of the best Snowshoeing in Southern Ontario. With 100+ km of trail to explore, there is something here for everyone at every skill level.
Situated in cottage country only 30 km north of Kingston it sits on a section of the Canadain Shield that extends this far south. The scenery and wildness along forest and lake paths are beautiful on any sunny day with opportunities to spot wildlife.
Snowshoeing is this park’s best winter activity, with loops going off in all directions, some far in for the seasoned winter adventurer who wishes to trek to one of the 48 winter camping spots.
For a day visit to Frontenac, Snowshoers can try the shorter easy 1.5 km Arab Lake Gorge Loop or moderate 3 km Doe Lake Loop. The 8 km Bufflehead Trail, located 2 km from the park office offers a longer adventure through pine trees, by beaver ponds and over open granite rock. You can also follow the Nordic paths but please do not stomp on the ski tracks.
For the Nordic ski crowd, you will find enough here on the 12 km of loops to stretch your legs and get some fresh air doing classic cross-country skiing (no skate skiing).
The skiing is not stellar nor overly challenging unless you rough it on a backcountry ski trekking adventure. Winters can be mild here with a thin snowbase so skiing is not always an option at the park yet staff make efforts to occasionally track set 8 km of it when possible.
The wide path up Big Salmon Lake Rd. (closed in the winter) takes you in for 3.5 km to get to the backend. Here trails veer off into the bush and skiing gets more interesting and hilly.
These moderate trails lead to the harder Corridor Trail that has difficult tight turns for a few kilometres then levels out to more gentle slopes and flat track through a winding peaceful forest setting on your return.
This is a wilderness park with few amenities, though you can warm yourself up and enjoy a hot chocolate at the modern looking park office and they do rent snowshoes. (But not this year.) Offices are open on weekends and most weekdays (call first to check).
I found the road from the south paved and a much better choice to access the park than driving down from the north.
Being this far south, winters are brief and snow can be in short supply or crisp, hard and packed from melt-freeze cycles. So picking the right day to visit is key to making your visit a memory to savour.