The Best Snowshoeing Locations to Explore in the Barrie & Area


Elevate your next hiking excursion with snowshoes! 

Snowshoeing makes for an excellent low-impact aerobic exercise activity, it's inexpensive, beginner-friendly, and best of all, it's a COVID-19 friendly activity that the whole family can enjoy in the great outdoors over the winter months! 

Barrie and its surrounding area is home to many great locations for snowshoeing. Whether you head out on one of the beautiful trails at our local parks or explore with a local business, there is no shortage of places to explore. Keep reading to learn more about 7 locations to consider ahead of your next snowshoeing adventure!

Enjoy! 

Hardwood Ski & Bike
  
Boasting 11kms of dedicated snowshoe trailsHardwood Ski & Bike is a dream snowshoeing location for all ability levels.

Their East loops, Lynx (3km) and Fox (2.5km), run clockwise and are ideal for beginners to intermediates. The Western loops, Beaver (1.7 km) and Lookout (3.3 km), however, run counter-clockwise, and include more adventurous climbs making them perfect for more advanced snowshoeing.

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Image taken by Nat Caron for Tourism Barrie - Hardwood Ski & Bike Lynx Trail

Snow Valley Ski Resort

Snow Valley offers 14km of easily accessible trails for all skill levels! (see map below)

Their Interpretive Trail combines the orange and green trails to guide you through two forests, and see significant wetlands, wildlife and stream locations apart of the rich history at Snow Valley along your hike.

Purchase your snowshoeing tickets and rentals in advance online and while you're there, make sure to also check out Snow Valley's snowshoeing special events for guided outings for elevated snowshoeing excursions. Book a moonlit hike which includes additional perks like chili cookouts, hot chocolates and more. 

Additionally, ahead of your visit, visit their website for updated trail conditions & visiting restrictions. 

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Image courtesy of Ski Snow Valley Resort


Sunnidale Park
   
As one of our local favourite destinations within the city, Sunnidale Park, is a prime location for snowshoeing and winter exploring! Located in Barrie's north-west corner, the park sports 48.5-acres of flat open space, wooded areas, hills and excellent trails. Perfect for all snowshoeing levels.

To get there, exit Hwy 400 at Dunlop Street East, turn left onto Anne Street, follow Anne Street to Cundles Road and turn right. Alternatively, take Bayfield Street to Cundles Road and turn left and follow a few minutes down the road to Sunnidale Road. Parking at the park is free. 

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Image taken by Nat Caron for Tourism Barrie - Sunnidale Park 

Scenic Caves Nature Adventure
    
Experience the unique winter offerings at Scenic Caves in an elevated way with a pair of snowshoes!

Their trail network offers options for every level of difficulty, with something suitable for every snowshoer, including 1 km of easy trails, 6 km of moderate trails and one expert level trail.

Additionally, walk across Ontario's longest suspension bridge with your snowshoes strapped to your boots and observe in awe the 10,000 square kilometre view of the Georgian Bay and beyond.

For more information about their availability and rates, head over to their website and for more dedicated snowshoers, discover their variety of Season Passes, offering recurring access to their trails and other seasonal experiences. 

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Image courtesy of Scenic Caves Nature Adventure 

Horseshoe Resort

Explore the Copeland Forest at Horseshoe Resort! 
  
Horseshoe Resort sits on the Copeland Forest edge, with its snowshoeing base located at the Cross Country Centre, across the street from the main resort building. The Resort is home to three main trails ready to be explored depending on your skill level. The 4km Beaver Pond Loop is an easier flat trail perfect for beginners, the 4.5km Achey Breaky trail loop offers an intermediate snowshoeing experience and on the 4km Ridge Trail loop, you can test your skills on the steep hills!

Purchase your trail pass today to try them out! And, if you're in need of any gear, Horseshoe Resort offers 1/2 day rentals from 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm. 

Check out their website to stay up-to-date on what services might be currently restricted due to COVID-19 ahead of your visit. 

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Image courtesy of Horseshoe Resort - Snowshoeing 

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Explore over 25 km of trails at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre!

Wye Marsh is the place to escape, explore, and experience nature up close. In addition to all their regular hiking trails, the Graham McDonald Snowshoe Trail is available exclusively in the winter months and is perfect for snowshoers. 

Trail access opens at 9am and closes at 4pm daily during the winter. 
Consult the Wye Marsh website for updated trail conditions throughout the winter to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience! 

And, check out their guided snowshoeing ecotours for a chance to explore the areas of the Wye Marsh that are otherwise not open to the general visiting public!

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Image courtesy of Wye March Wildlife Centre Facebook

Simcoe County Trails
          
Simcoe County is home to over 150 different forest tracts spanning 33,000 acres for you to explore year-round; however, over the winter months, they become the ideal locations for some snowshoeing adventures! Stand-out trails include  The Tiffin Centre for Conservation, the Oro-Medonte Rail Trail and the Thornton-Cookstown Train trail! Check them out!

To view the interactive maps available for the vast number of trails, head over to the Experience Simcoe County website, where you can also download printable trail maps and stay up to date on all the rules and regulations to keep in mind ahead of your visit. 

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Image courtesy of Experience Simcoe County 


    
Never gone snowshoeing before?

As far as most outdoor winter activities go, snowshoeing is a beginner-friendly activity, and it only requires a few basic techniques. If you can walk, then you can snowshoe, and before you know it, you'll be a pro!

To purchase snowshoeing equipment of your own in Barrie and quality outdoor gear, check out local stores like Sojourn OutdoorsMEC or Cabela's, located on the south end or L.L. Bean, at the Georgian Mall. They're your places to go for everything you might need for your next snowshoeing experience selling snowshoes, winter boots, poles, clothing and other accessories.

If you're looking to avoid going in store, check out their online stores and get your items delivered to your home or car with curbside pick-up.
   


For more activities to enjoy over the winter months, check out our winter fun guides and start planning your next adventures!

    

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