Thu. Dec 7th, 2023
Winter Adventures at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

With its stunning snow-covered landscapes and miles of ski trails for all skill levels, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park stands out in northwestern Ontario as a snowy paradise.

Here are four amazing reasons to visit this winter wonderland, just an hour east of Thunder Bay:

1. The iconic cross-country ski

Are you an experienced skier looking for a challenge? Are you a beginner looking for a quiet walk in the woods? Either way, Sleeping Giant has a ski slope for you.

Someone skiing on an open part of the lake.

The park maintains 60 km of groomed trails with tracks for all levels. This includes classic ski and skate slopes.

2. Put on your snowshoes

Winter visitors to Sleeping Giant can also bring their snowshoes and explore the park’s snow-covered trails.

Snowshoeing on the ice at Sleeping Giant

Stunning scenery is a guarantee, and snowshoers can find opportunities to spot wildlife if they walk quietly.

Day visitors may prefer a shorter shoe on the Sea Lion Trail to see its spectacular winter views, or simply walk around the campground.

The sea lion in winter

Snowshoers might be interested in exploring the Kabeyun Trail to Tee Harbour.

For the more experienced, overnight winter camping experiences in the backcountry are also available.

3. Comfortable covered rooms

We know many visitors want a cozy place to warm up after a long day of winter fun. That’s why Sleeping Giant keeps its five rustic cabins open for reservations all season long.

Cabin Rentals at Sleeping GiantCabins #3 and #4

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You can find these cabins on the shores of Lake Marie Louise. They feature three bedrooms, a bathroom with a large shower, a fully equipped modern kitchen, propane fireplace, heated porch and more.

4. Winter landscape

The winter season shows a totally different side to the iconic Sleeping Giant cliffs and mesas.

Winter in the sleeping giant

Covered in snow and ice, the view of the Giant land formation is unforgettable.

Sunset at Lake Marie Louise viewpoint in winterSunset over the Giant from Lake Marie Louise Scenic Viewpoint and Picnic Area

Tip: A must-see spot to see the Giant is the Lake Marie Louise Overlook, the vantage point where Highway 587 intersects Lake Marie Louise.

Plan your visit today

We can tell you more about winter at Sleeping Giant (ice perch fishing, anyone?), but the only real way to experience it is to see it for yourself.

Person skiing on Sleeping Giant

Visit our online reservation service to reserve one of the rustic cabins. You can also get more information about a winter backcountry camping trip by calling the park at 807-977-2526.

To secure your day-use spot, you can obtain a daily vehicle permit online up to five days before your trip starting at 7:00 am. Visit our reservation service to obtain your daily vehicle permit.

A season pass to Ontario parks hanging from a snowy cedar branch

Or why not purchase a season pass online so you can visit as much as you want during the winter?

See you soon on the trails!

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located about an hour’s drive east of Thunder Bay via Highways 11/17 and 587.