Sauble Falls

931 Sauble Falls Parkway
Posted on January 30, 2019 / 3000
Sauble Falls
Listing Type : Cross Country Ski / Snowshoe
Location : Western Ontario
X-Ski km : 18
Skate km : none
Snowshoe km : 14
Skill Level : Easy, Intermediate
Terrain : small hills, narrow paths, tight turns, flat sections
Facilities : parking, chalet, warming huts, toilets/outhouse, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained, track set
Trail Fee : yes

Length – 18 km
Cross-Country track set  – 18 km
Skate Skiing  groomed  –  none
Snowshoe  trail – 14 km

Skill – All levels, best for seasoned skiers

Terrain – flat with short hills/mounds, quick turns, narrow paths

Hours – 9am – 4pm daily

Fee – Single $8, Couple $15, Family $20, Children 6 and under Free

Trail Map   Snowshoe Map

Facilities – parking, small chalet open on weekends

Highlights – scenic, view of falls, Rankin River, dam and sand dunes, full moon ski

Phone – none

Website – Sauble Beach XC Ski Club

Current Conditions

Similar Trails – Pinery, Wasaga, Ganaraska

Local Clubs –  Sauble Beach XC Ski Club Owen Sound Ski Club

Directions – North of  Sauble Falls Provincial Park on hwy 13 – 931 Sauble Falls Parkway – a kilometre up the road you will see the sign on the east side and large parking lot, chalet on trail 100m in the bush.

Sauble Falls has 18 km of Cross-Country ski trail and 14 km to Snowshoe on. It’s a beautiful, quiet place up by the Bruce Peninsula.

Many years ago the whole area was the sandy shores of Lake Huron, so what you are skiing on are ancient rolling dunes now covered over with evergreens and birches.

With terrain like this, the trails have many short hills/mounds just a meter or two in height, some steep. I found the paths fun as they were ever-changing, twisting and undulating over the terrain.

Being narrow and winding, most tracks are rated intermediate, and not wide enough to use Skate skis here.

For beginners, try the flat green loopMelody Lane 2.8 km on the map. Beyond that, other paths are rather narrow and likely tricky for beginners to turn and climb up the mounds. (Though nothing here at Sauble is super technical or a grind to do.)

The Main Trail is a two-way route that is double-tracked set. All others are narrow one-way groomed loops.

Most trails lead you to the shelter at the dam on the Rankin River. It’s a worthy sight and good spot to rest & have a snack, before heading back another way.

Five separate new Snowshoe loops take you through the woods that are not too dense and are an interesting stomp.

On weekends and holidays the chalet is open, with friendly volunteers ready to help you and perhaps offer hot cider. Very basic services here – no gear rentals or snacks.

The chalet is warm and cozy but you may have to change in the car on weekdays.

Group skiing Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. starts from the chalet.

Though far for most, this is one of the best locations in S. Western Ontario to classic x-ski. Make it a weekend and try others in the area. The Georgian Bay coast gets the snow first (and plenty of it) by February.

Note – the actual Sauble Falls are not on the ski loops but by the bridge south on Hwy 13 just  minutes away. In the winter they are beautiful to photograph.

Opening Hours
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