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The Ontario Parks Blog, “How to Have a Safe Winter Hike” gives you the detail you need in order to enjoy the many parks in the Kawarthas.

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Source: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/safe-winter-hiking/

  • Dress appropriately. Frost bite is real and can happen sooner than you think. Dress in layers including a base layer, mid layer and shell on top.
  • Take the right gear including flashlight, smart phone, extra clothing, hand warmers, and snow shoes if you have them.
  • Plan accordingly. Check the weather and pace yourself according to the conditions and your own fitness level.
  • Know your park! Many of the parks and conservation areas around us have miles and miles of trails. Know where you are at and where you are going.
  • Bring a snack and bring a buddy. Don’t hike in the winter alone.
  • Careful of the ice! There are many waterways that contain strong currents – the ice may not be as thick as you think.

 

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Source: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/safe-winter-hiking/

Close to home you can hike…

  • West Forest Trail or the East Forest Trail of the Fleetwood Creek Natural Area
  • The Kawartha Section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail
  • Medal Loop Trail

The following map gives you an idea of the vast number of hiking areas available to us.

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Source: http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/activity/snowshoeing-backcountry

Enjoy the winter – Stay warm and stay safe!

 

 

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