On the east side of Timmins, you will find 25 km of well-groomed and maintained trail. Porcupine Ski Runners club volunteers run one of the largest Nordic sports clubs in Northern Ontario.
Though I have yet to visit, comments on the internet all give this place stellar reviews. Skiers praise the friendly staff, how organized Porcupine is, the large modern chalet and of course the fine grooming on the trails.
Snowshoers seem pleased too, with plenty of track to explore and finding comforts back at the chalet. Six Snowshoe loops exist that fan out from the chalet adding up to 11 km of bush trail.
All 8 marked trail loops are wide; both groomed for Classic and Skate skiing endeavours. Most of the path is one way and has enough intersections to change your plans midway.
Not a very hilly country, some top end skiers may find it lacks enough challenges, but it seems the rest of us would be satisfied.
No warming huts out there, just a shelter by the birdfeeder. I am told that Lynx cats have been spotted often.
It can get cold up here, below -20C some days, but with longer winters you just need to wait for a warmer spell. After work, locals can night ski on 3.5 km of an illuminated loop.
A fair price and a good selection of rental gear are available for either ski or snowshoe beginners, except when it gets to -20C and the shop is closed. (And a novice should stay home.)
The large chalet has change rooms, drinks, and snacks available, but better pack more for your own lunch. The club vibe seems active and engaged in family events, lessons and races for all levels.
What I have yet to see in any photos are any scenic highlights. So expect a good ski experience in the woods with little variety out there to look at.
Regardless, as their website suggests “embrace winter”, get outdoors and try Porcupine one day soon.
Editor’s note – I am posting this as an informational piece and not as a review. Info and photos supplied by the club for OST users. Perhaps one winter I shall venture that far north…
If you have been there, you are encoutraged to post your own comments below.