Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 14, 2016

Ice Skating At Arrowhead Provincial Park

Jean and Bob on the ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

A lot has been written in the newspapers lately about the ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario, so Bob and I decided, on our last visit to the area, to give the icy surface a whirl.

Welcome sign at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

Never before having visited Arrowhead Provincial Park, we paid close attention to the signs that directed us in the right direction.  Arrowhead is not a huge park, only 12.37 square kilometres, but it offers a good variety of winter activities and rental of equipment in support of those outdoor pursuits.

trails that wind through maple forests and past waterfalls, beaver ponds and homesteaders’ farms. Quiet Arrowhead and Mayflower Lakes and the meandering Little and Big East Rivers, – See more at: http://www.discovermuskoka.ca/directories.html?pid=695&sid=1296:Arrowhead-Provincial-Park#sthash.tvQJbiBd.dpuf

People skating on the ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

We are always looking for a new take on winter sports, and the 1.5-kilometre ice skating trail winding its way along campground roads and trails seemed intriguing.  Set amidst snow-dusted trees in the East River Campground, the trail makes an enchanting alternative to skating circles around a rink.

Various people skating on the ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

trails that wind through maple forests and past waterfalls, beaver ponds and homesteaders’ farms. Quiet Arrowhead and Mayflower Lakes and the meandering Little and Big East Rivers, – See more at: http://www.discovermuskoka.ca/directories.html?pid=695&sid=1296:Arrowhead-Provincial-Park#sthash.xiy0PEbZ.dpuf

When first we arrived at the Park Gate, a sign was posted saying that the skate trail was closed for the day.  We were thoroughly disappointed but pressed on and found workers on the scene of the ice path.  They indicated that they would be finished watering the surface down in about 45 minutes, so we went for a 5-kilometre ski around the impeccably trackset Arrowhead Lake Cross-country Ski Trail while we waited for the ice to be ready.

Direction sign on a tree at the ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

When we returned to the skate trail, other enthusiasts were there ahead of us already lacing up their skates.  Park benches and picnic tables were made available for people to sit on, and once we had our boots safely tucked out of the drifting snow, Bob and I made for the freshly surfaced ice.  A handy sign pointed the way.

Source:  Ice Skating Through The Woods At Arrowhead Provincial Park


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