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Muskoka is the Ice Skating Trail Capital of Canada
Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail
The success of the Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail has been tremendous. Thousands flock to the trail each week to experience this winter bucket-list item.
Ice skating trails have become wildly popular in Ontario, because they offer a welcome and exciting twist to one of Canada's most iconic winter experiences. What has made the Arrowhead Provincial Park Ice Skating Trail so successful since its inception in 2012, is the perfect blend of two quintessentially Canadian experiences: ice skating & wandering through the forest.
Three new ice skating trails have opened up in Muskoka this winter, each with their own unique twist, and each blending ice skating perfectly with their own uniquely Canadian experiences.
The Cranberry Ice Trail at Johnston's Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery
Skate a 1.2 km loop around 12 acres of cranberries! This narrow designed skating trail really creates an intimate feel, perfect for hand holding with your special someone, or locking arms with your girlfriends.
What really makes the Cranberry Ice Trail cool (other than the fact that you are skating on frozen cranberry beds), is everything else you can experience while at the Marsh & Winery. They offer tutoured wine tastings of their spectacular fruit wines, or you can warm up by the fire with a cup of hot mulled cider & wine, or a wine and cheese platters!
The Cranberry Ice Trail is certainly a more refined skating experience, and great for adults looking for a new and exciting winter experience.
Bracebridge Memorial Park Winter Village
Unveiled to the public near in January 2016, the Memorial Park Winter Village in downtown Bracebridge has had tremendous reviews. Featuring an ice skating rink that wraps around the park and carves in and out of Bracebridge landmarks, the Winter Village brings its own exciting take on a skating trail. The winter village exemplifies small town charm, especially at night when the trees are covered in twinkling lights create a magical backdrop for Canada's favourite pastime.
Probably the coolest thing about the Memorial Park Winter Village is its location right downtown allows you to get creative with your winter plans. If you want to take your hunny bunny for a romantic skate, you can really impress by going out for dinner after at one of the many local restaurants. If you've planned an afternoon with the kids, stopping in at one of the local shops for hot chocolate and cookies will certainly put a smile on their face.
The Memorial Park Winter Village has some exceptional programming on weekends as well, which from time to time includes music, campfires, hot chocolate, bbq's and more. Skating on the trail is free to the public.
Lake Muskoka Ice Trail
EXPECTED OPENING DAY: TBA
Muskoka Wharf Marine has cleared a huge trail on Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst down at the Muskoka Wharf. The Marine is charging a flat fee of $5 per person (kids 7 and under are free), and the trail is open from 9am to 4:30pm for skating. There are no rentals on site, so bring your own skates.
This trail is perfect for families! There are a number of excellent restaurants to grab a bite at within a stone's throw, including Boston Pizza and the Blue Willow Tea Shop. Make it a full day of family fun with a visit to KIDZONE, at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre (right beside the Ice Trail).