Winter getaway: Icing lakers at Windy Lake Provincial Park

Windy Lake Provincial Park

Winter destination offers cozy accommodations, excellent amenities and cooperative fish

When it comes to winter outdoor activities, my favourite is ice fishing, which is closely followed by walking out to my ice-fishing spot, walking back from my ice-fishing spot, brushing the snow off my car to go ice-fishing and… well, you get the idea. And considering I could fish in one of the park’s cozy shelters (above) just a few minutes walk from my cabin, that was all I needed.

But Windy Lake does offer a lot more for well-rounded/less angling-obsessed vistors. That includes some of the best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile trails in the region. The Onaping Falls Nordic Ski Club operates a 15 kilometre trail network in the park, with professionally groomed trails for both classic and skate-style skiing, ranging from beginner to advanced levels. (For more information on ski trails or conditions, call (705) 855-2094)

As well as welcoming day visitors, there are also four trail-side yurts that are heated and available for winter use (plus the two camp cabins). And if you’re able to visit during the week, as I did, the facilities are uncrowded and, come evening, gloriously quiet.

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