Trails around Brockville become even more intriguing in winter! Identify animal tracks in the snow, enjoy the peacefulness of the woods in the winter and embrace the season by immersing yourself in nature. Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, at the north end of the city, is a winter-activity hot spot with almost a dozen kilometres of cross country ski trails, as well as an outdoor skating rink. On Saturdays in the winter, Mac Johnson features family skates – complete with hot chocolate served by local volunteers at the outdoor shelter.
MacIntosh Mills is another wintertime gem for ccross-countryskiing and snowshoeing. The Triangle Ski Club of Brockville operates the trails which see children to experts enjoying more than 35 km of ski trails. There is even a heated clubhouse on site. Want to have some good old fashioned fun this winter? Head over to Laurier Hill in Brockville for a memorable tobogganing experience! One side of the hill caters to kids – the incline on the other side of hill may be more suitable for daredevils. Either way – winter fun awaits!
This region has embraced the sport of cross-country skiing, with trails available throughout the entire area. Whether you are a skiing enthusiast or trying out those skis for the first time; this is a great place to glide.
Skip the crowds at the ski hill; get outside and enjoy an amazing workout with incredible views.
Where to Ski:
Mac Johnson Wildlife Area: With 11 kilometers of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, you don’t have to go far out of town to get in a quick ski. In the Winter they also offer skating on a natural outdoor ice rink as the reservoir freezes over.
Triangle Ski Club: The ski trails are located on the west and east side of Leeds County Road 5. They consist of a mix of Crown land (Ministry of Natural Resources) and various landowners’ property who generously allow the club access. Day users are welcome on the club’s ski trails. It is requested that non-members of the club deposit a $10 contribution towards the cost of maintaining the trail systems in the box located beside the sign at the entrance to the West trail system. The club maintains 35 km of picturesque trails for beginners, intermediate and expert skiers, with 17 km of groomed, track set trails. There are also 6 km of independent showshoe trails for beginner, intermediate, and expert snowshoers.
Gordon MacCormack Maitland Trails: The Maitland cross country trail system consists of three, relatively flat loops (orange, green and red) of varying lengths from 7.5 km for the Orange trail to around 3.0 km for the Red trail. The main trailhead is behind the MERC Hall (off McLean Boulevard in Maitland) where there is ample parking. The trail system is maintained by MERC volunteers with machine grooming performed as conditions permit.
Jones Creek: Enjoy snowshoeing in the Winter to take advantage of these hiking trails in the colder months. Park trails at the Jones Creek property vary in difficulty from an easy 20-minute walk to a moderate 2-hour hike and connect to each other for a longer trip.Limerick Forest: The mapped trail network within Limerick Forest consists of approximately 180 km of trails ranging in size from single track to emergency access roads suitable for full-sized vehicles. In addition, approximately 30 km of “groomed” snowmobile trails are maintained by the Leeds & Grenville Snowmobile Association. Recreational activities in Limerick Forest can be divided into two broad categories; motorized and non-motorized. Motorized activities include the use of dirt bikes, all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) and snowmobiles. Non-motorized pursuits include mountain biking, cross country skiing, geocaching, horse-back riding, bird watching, hiking and hunting.