Whitchurch Conservation Area has always been my secret go-to cross-country ski spot when I had to get out of town after a good snowfall.
Close and central to Toronto, it has a few easy paths to loop around. Rustic, quiet though with few amenities, one has to be self-sufficient and likely cut your own track.
Whitchurch CA is rather a small place with a pond, shelter and outhouse but soon the narrow trails lead you to the Robinson Tract south of it. Here is where you can open up on wider forest roads.
For Skate skiers willing to try, use the Warden entrance as it starts as a wide access road.
Most of this area is flat, with a little hilly tight trail along the south fence that beginners may want to avoid.
For the Snowshoe crowd it offers an easy walk on the trail or cut your own. You cannot get lost in here. Eventually you will get to a horse ranch, monster homes or the road.
The other woodlot north on the map is the Porritt Tract & Pangman Springs area. You will find this similar yet with larger hills. Not so much fun for some.
One of the closest opportunities to ski in the woods out of Toronto, it also suffers from lack of snow in the last few years. So enjoy it while you can…
Last thing — it is hard to estimate the total trail length in here, even the map does not show everything.
Photos taken only at Whitchurch…and was it ever beautiful as it snowed.