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Winter trail over bridge.

From its snow-covered forests to its wide range of outdoor activities, Silent Lake Provincial Park is the best winter destination for families.

Here are five reasons why you should spend this winter:

1. Book a cozy cabin or yurt

“Spacious, cozy and quaint, but modern.” This is how our visitors describe the heated and roofed rooms at Silent Lake in winter.

Family of four in a yurt

There are ten camping cabins and six yurts in the park, each offering the opportunity to warm up and relax after a long day of fun.

Visitors love the cabins in particular, as the park customized each one with an individual theme. For example, “The Prospector” follows a mining theme and highlights the historically significant industry of the Bancroft area.

Silent Lake Cabin in Winter

If you missed a cabin this winter, You can book your stay using our online reservation service or by phone at 1-888-668-7275 up to 5 months in advance. Select dates during the week may still be availablebut we recommend booking in advance if you want to plan a visit next year.

2. Winter tent

For our visitors who prefer camping rather than glamping, the Silent Lake Campground is open to overnight winter campers.

Winter campers crouching near a campfire

At Silent Lake, there are several electric sites available on our reservation system, while non-electric sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some electric sites are available by vehicle; other non-electric sites are walk-in. There is also a winterized comfort station with showers, drinking water, and a dishwashing station in the day-use area.

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Winter Tent at Silent Lake

We usually have spots available, but you can call the park at 613-339-2807 for more information.

Camping in winter is more challenging than summer. It is a good idea to go with one or more experienced people.

3. Various cross-country ski trails

Thirty-four kilometers of cross-country trails wind through hardwood forests, cedar swamps, and white birch forests. The terrain is rugged, but ideal for family skiing.

Skiing at Silent Lake

The four ski loops are color coded for easy recognition. They range in difficulty from beginner to expert, so there is sure to be something for skiers of all levels.

Curious about trail conditions for skiing and snowshoeing? The park provides regular updates on the Ontario Parks ski report.

4. Snowshoe Opportunities

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore a totally different side of Silent Lake.

Snowshoes stuck in the snow.

The park uses Bonnie’s Pond Trail as a snowshoe trail during the winter season. The trail is a 3km loop passing mature beech trees and a beaver pond, with an elevated lookout over the lake.

They also prepare the 5 km circuit of the yellow ski slope for snowshoes.

Snowshoe footprints in the snow.

We know that not everyone has their own pair of snowshoes, so fear not: they can be rented from the park office.

5. ice fishing

Cold weather doesn’t have to mean the end of fishing season. When Silent Lake freezes over, you can go ice fishing.

Two ice fishermen

As the water cools, you can find lake trout at various depths in the lake, usually along contours and not far from baitfish.

ice fishing rod

But be careful! Be sure to read our guide on how to ice fish safely to make sure you’re prepared for your winter adventure.

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Come to Silent Lake!

Just two and a half hours from Toronto and Ottawa, Silent Lake is an easily accessible hub for winter fun.

You can pick up a daily vehicle permit at the park office, which opens at 9:00 a.m. daily.

annual pass

You can also obtain a seasonal day-use permit online, so you can visit Silent Lake (or any other park!) at your leisure.

We hope to see you here soon!