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Cross Quetico Lakes Tour


After a lot of discussion, it our regret that we are cancelling the event. There will not be a film festival, although the Path of the Paddle may postpone and may announce a later showing. Like most recent scheduled events with the spread of the COVID 19 outbreak we felt we should also do our part. We are cancelling the Cross Quetico Lakes Tour that included dinner and bus shuttle and the REEL Paddling Film Festival.

All funds will be returned to those that pre-registered.

Having said that, I feel there is hardly a place safer for people to be than out on the wide open frozen lakes of Quetico Provincial Park.....

*Therefore, there is an open invitation to meet at Nym Lake Public Landing Saturday March 21st at 8 am central to do an informal ski to Batchewaung and Pickerel Lakes and returning through the Racer Portages to Nym Lake - (no bus, no dinner, no registration fees) 35+ km, social outing.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments - Chris Stromberg -tour coordinator

Registration at bottom of the page - all funds will be returned if we have to cancel

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.

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"

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

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"

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. This year there could be 35km -45km depending on conditions and an additional route within the campground 8km - 16 km. 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

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.


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