Not ready to say goodbye to Frontenac’s 100+km trail network? This winter, trade in your hiking boots for a pair of snowshoes or skis!
Nature lovers come from all over the world to explore the trails of Frontenac Provincial Park. Located on the southern arm of the Canadian Shield, this park features granite outcrops, vast wetlands, picturesque lakes and mixed forests.
The trail network features short loops for beginners, as well as routes longer than 20 km for seasoned adventurers.
Located right 40 minutes north of Kingston, Frontenac is a fantastic destination for a day trip. Families can pack their lunch and spend the entire day outdoors. Stop by and warm up at our visitor center, open on weekends. Before heading to the park, reserve your day-use permit online up to five days in advance.
More of the adventurous and tough type? Turn your day trip into one camping in winter excursion. Frontenac backcountry sites are now bookable all year round and can be booked online or by phone 5 months prior to arrival.
Without snowshoes? No problem
Frontenac staff are waiting at the park office with rentals!
Snowshoes and poles are available (first come, first served) and children’s and adult sizes are available.
Are you planning to snowshoe in a group? You can call the park office in advance to check rental availability. Many hikers and snowshoers enjoy the moderate 3 km Doe Lake Loop and the easy 1.5 km Arab Lake Gorge Loop. Looking for a longer adventure? Try the 8km snowshoe trail that follows the runner’s trail.
Do you prefer cross-country skiing?
While the park turns Big Salmon Lake Road into a ski hill with trails for the winter months, many areas have a rugged feel that we like to call “backcountry skiing.” Breathe in the fresh air and revel in natural solitude as you ski in a silent winter forest!
The ski slope with slopes is 4 km one way and features gentle slopes and curves, ideal for the novice skier.
To help you plan your ski or snowshoe trip to Frontenac, the park provides regular reports on ski and snowshoe conditions.
Is ice fishing more your cup of tea?
Frontenac also offers great hiking opportunities!
There are many lakes within the park that provide year-round fishing opportunities. In winter you can fish for pike, several species of panfish (black crappie, sunfish, yellow perch), and brook trout.
Be sure to check fishing regulations when planning your trip, as they can change from year to year. Learn more about ice fishing in Frontenac here.