Arrowhead Provincial Park
Arrowhead Provincial Park is located north of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, and is part of the Ontario Parks system. A portion of the shoreline of Glacial Lake Algonquin is visible in the park. During the winter, a 1.3-kilometre (0.81 mi) man-made skating trail winds through the forest. Other winter activities at the park include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing.
Arrowhead provincial park is a great visit any time of the year, but in winter, the famous skate trail nestled along the snow laden trees is not the only thing that you can do to enjoy the crisp and clear winter air.
What Makes The Park Special?
Arrowhead is a beautiful park with large, mature trees and nice sized campsites. The two lakes and waterways within the park area are wonderfully quiet since the park does not permit the use of motorized boats on them. There are plenty of activities to do at Arrowhead, with beautiful sandy beaches, 15 kilometres of trails, canoeing/ kayaking the lakes and rivers, as well as winter activities: skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, skating and tobogganing.
Arrowhead park is located in the gorgeous Muskoka area with beautiful scenery year round. Situated at the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, this natural wilderness offers a glimpse into our quintessential northern, rocky landscape while having a rich mixed forest containing sugar maples, yellow birch, poplar, beech.
The possibility of spotting wildlife at Arrowhead is high, due to an abundance of forest birds, common wetland birds. A variety of mammals and a fairly long list of reptiles. This means Arrowhead is a great place to experience nature. The park also boasts a magnificent cascading waterfall and an excellent view of a glacial delta that was once part of Lake Algonquin during the last ice age two million years ago.
Arrowhead Provincial Park Skating
The Legend of Muskoka’s “Fairy Tale Skate Through the Canadian Forest” Continues to Grow! Already in 2017 it was named as one of the Top 50 Canadian Winter Experiences, and just recently named one of 19 Stunning Natural Ice Skating Rinks Around the World by Travel+Leisure.
Ontario’s best kept secret…might not be a secret anymore. The Ice Trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park has become one of the region’s most popular winter attractions. And one of the province’s most sought after winter ‘bucket list’ experiences.
The 1.3 km Ice Skating trail winds through the thick Muskoka forest and is a winter experience like no other. If you get to skate the loop after a fluffy snowfall, consider yourself in luck. Being surrounded on all sides by snow-covered evergreen trees is an absolutely stunning sight, and one that you won’t soon forget.
Arrowhead Provincial Park Map
• Beaver Meadow Classic Trail 4.6 km • Arrowhead Lake Skate & Classic Trail 5.3 km • Lumby Skate & Classic Trail North 1 km
• Lumby Skate & Classic Trail 3 km • Homesteaders Skate Trail 2.8 km • Mayflower Lake Trail 1.5 – 2 km • Hemlock Ridge Trail 0.7 km
• Hardwood Hill Trail 3 km • Hemlock Ridge Trail 1.2 km • Stubb’s Falls Snowshoe Trail Loop 2.6 km • Sprint Trail 0.7 km
• Bunny Trail 1 km • Roe Skate & Classic Trail 2.5 km • Ice Skating Trail 1.3 km
• East River Short Loop 1.6 km • East River Classic Trail 2.7 km
Top Things to Do in Arrowhead Provincial Park During Winter
Arrowhead Provincial Park is a great visit any time of the year, but in winter. The famous skate trail nestled along the snow laden trees is not the only thing that you can do to enjoy the crisp and clear winter air.
Spend a night in one of the cabins that is available. Remember to pack your warm slippers and sleeping bag, then enjoy a cosy night in one the cabins. The winter camping season is from December 14, 2018 to March 25, 2019.
Arrowhead has two moderately challenging mountain bike trails – the 4.5 km Arrowhead Lake Trail and the 3 km Lookout Trail.
Several species of birds make Arrowhead their home in the spring and summer months, before migrating south for the winter. A bird list is available at the main gate.
Motorized boats (including electric motors) are prohibited on Arrowhead and Mayflower lakes. Canoes are ideal for exploring the shorelines and viewing the wildlife of these lakes.
Be aware of weather conditions before going out as well as making sure you wear a personal floatation device (PFD) at all times.
Park staff offer weekly educational programs for children and adults from early July to Labour Day. They include nature and historical walks, evening programs with guest speakers and videos, and children’s crafts and games (game 250).
Mayflower Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout. Arrowhead Lake is good for Small Mouth Bass.