Cross Quetico Lakes Tour
The Cross Quetico Lakes Tour is an all day ski tour on the frozen lakes and portages of pristine Quetico Provincial Park, on the Great Trail and (frozen) Path of the Paddle. "The world class paddling destination becomes a wonderland in the winter"
All events have been cancelled in Ontario Parks until further notice
Recognized by EXPLORE MAGAZINE as "one of the coolest adventures in Canada"
Ron Bergin, editor of Cross Country Skier magazine: "this event is worth checking out - for it's uniqueness and challenge, the wild beauty of the region and to experience the Nordic ski enthusiasm and culture of this region"
The Cross Quetico Lakes Tour is hosted by the Beaten Path Nordic Trails in collaboration with Ontario Parks
It is an all day ski tour on the frozen lakes and portages of pristine Quetico Provincial Park, on the Trans-Canada Trail and the Path of the Paddle. "The world class paddling destination becomes a wonderland in the winter"
This year we are including an additional tour route within the Dawson Trail Campgrounds for those that would like a shorter distance but can still meet up with the other group at the end of the day, take in a ski, meal and REEL Paddling Film Festival. For all routes please register at the bottom of this page.
To help in planning for tour films and dinner please contact tour administrator and register prior to the tour. Registration link at bottom of page
Return to the roots of cross country skiing - Come ski the canoe routes of Quetico
Typical Annual Agenda
Friday 7pm Little Falls Community Centre - safety briefing and final registrations
-7:00 Fri. night safety briefing (CENTRAL TIME) , route, briefing- at the Little Falls CC last chance registration
-Doors are open at 6:15 a.m. Sat. morning at the LFCC for a light breakfast (coffee, juice, fruit/muffins and yogurt)
-7:00 a.m. Shuttle bus to trailhead
-optional routes may vary each year with conditions of 1 to 3 routes (roughly 35km., 45km.60km.) This year a shorter route is included in Dawson Trail Campgrounds. Distance for the shorter routes are yet to be determined.
-4:30 p.m. shuttle bus return to town. Participants are expected to be back to Pavilion at 4pm
-6:00 pm dinner and films to follow
Participation Requirements (if any)
There can be up to 3 lengths of routes across the lakes and portages. . Participants must be able to ski all day over varied terrain, much of it in a non-groomed wilderness park. Participants have all day to finish
Depending on conditions we may have an additional shorter route within the campground 8km - 16 km that will require you to provide your own transportation.Campground tour is still in the planning - times and distances posted soon
To see a clip from 2015 event check out video by Chris Evavold - Black River Photography Cross Quetico Lakes Tour 2015
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are allowed but must be able to behave with people and other pets and physically up to the task. Pets are not allowed on the bus so for those wanting to bring their dogs they will have to find their own transportation.
$60 includes a light breakfast, shuttles to the 35-45km trail-heads and return and a dinner/social
$40 includes the shorter route ski tour, dinner/social and also included.
REEL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL!
This year we have high quality professional films hosted by Path of the Paddle for evening entertainment
For folks unable to ski that day they can still come for dinner $20 and films $15
Celebrate skiing and paddling and support the Beaten Path ski club as well as the Path of the Paddle Association. Ski the Path of the Paddle
REGISTRATION will be posted in the new year