Opeongo Hills has 15 km of challenging loops for all three Nordic sports – classic, skate skiing and snowshoeing.
At this rustic location in the middle of cottage country, the local club is friendly, active and volunteers keep the trails groomed.
A little closer to Ottawa than Toronto, Opeongo has plenty of snow being situated north enough below Algonquin Park.
Opeongo Hills, as the name implies has hills you need to be ready for. And it is 10 km from the highest point in Ontario – Foymount. Though the nine loops are short in length, you will get a workout and may need to walk a few hills.
Trails are only open for the winter. Please sign in and out. Cell service is thin in the outback, texting may work at the gate. Note that no one checks at the end of the day, so be sure you can get out by dark.
When I say rustic, expect an outhouse and there is Diane’s Yurt for warmth. Here you can stoke the fire, change and eat your snacks. Not sure when it is open, likely at least weekends. Take your garbage out; it goes back home with you.
Snowshoeing is on the same trails as skiers, so that is a lot of trail, and hilly too. And please do not tramp on the ski tracks. (but then you know this)
Check out the video they did with a drone. Excellent overview of the area. (though a little late in the evening)
The club has info on their site for the annual loppet (race) and offers a kids ski program.
I am still trying make it out there and that may happen this February. Maybe you will get there before me!
Note: I have yet to visit this location and am posting these details to inform and not as a full review. The club has supplied me with some information and images. I invite you to check them out and then leave your own review below.