Looking for a cross-country ski destination in Eastern Ontario?
In partnership with a wonderful local ski club, Murphys Point Provincial Park (just 1.25 hours from Ottawa or Kingston) offers an ideal setting for winter adventure.
The Tay Valley Cross Country Ski Club, in cooperation with park staff, prepares and grooms a trail network of over 20 km for classic skiing and skating trails.
While all trails are groomed, current favorites are Hardwood and Fallows Loops, followed by Hogg Bay Loop. A new 1km loop will also be available at Ash Hill Campground. Two warm-up huts allow skiers to take a break between runs.
If you are not a club member or an Ontario Parks winter/annual pass holder, be sure to bring cash to purchase a day use permit at the reception kiosk in the winter parking lot or at the Lally Homestead.
To guarantee your access, you can reserve your day use permit online in advance. Reservations will be available at 7:00 am, five days before arrival date.
Find the full trail map here and check our Snow Report for trail conditions.
Founded in 1972, Tay Valley Cross Country Ski Club is a not-for-profit voluntary community organisation. We have been celebrating our shared love of winter with the club for decades.
“I have worked closely with the club for a number of years, helping to groom the trails at Lally Homestead and maintaining maps and signs,” says Mark Read, assistant superintendent at Murphys Point.
“They are a very knowledgeable group who work hard maintaining the trails, while also providing training to youth and adults and organizing their annual Loppet, a must for all levels.”
Clinics and events
Introduce skiing to a friend or family member? The club offers regular Jack Rabbit programs for youth and adult clinics for novice skiers.