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Chances are you know someone who has been skating, skiing or snowmobiling lately, but how about snowshoeing.

Bethany is close to the Victoria Recreation Corridor – a 55 km trail, stretching from Lindsay to Kinmount. The trail is used year-round for over a dozen types of sport – including trails perfect for snow shoeing. Maybe this winter is the time to try something new.

The trail follows the former CN rail line and will take you from Lindsay along Sturgeon Lake to Fenelon Falls and onto Kinmount.

Snowshoeing has been gaining in popularity in Ontario. Consider the benefits:

  • Minimal equipment
  • Easy to learn
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Provides an incredible physical workout

In fact, you can burn more calories snowshoeing than you can walking, running or cross country skiing at the same pace. It provides a cardio workout while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance.

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You can walk over the deepest snow, making it easier to get around on any trail. The snowshoes distribute your weight, leaving you with an experience of floating on the snow. While some people are content to walk on their snowshoes, there are others who sprint up hills for that bit of extra exercise.

Canada’s first snowshoes varied in shape, size and materials depending upon the choice of trees and animals available. Many were carved from birch or hard ash. Today most snowshoes are made of lightweight aluminum frames with steal cleats.

In the Bethany area you can access the trail through access points in the South Corridor and Central Corridor.

The South Corridor is the old CP Rail line that extends 30 km from Lindsay to Bethany. The recommended access points:

  • Bethany at the intersection of Ski Hill Road and Jackson Street
  • Pigeon River (limited parking) at Mount Horeb Road (Arterial Road 31)
  • Lindsay off of King Street

The Central Corridor begins in the north end of Lindsay at Thunder Bridge Road and takes you north to Fenelon Falls. The recommended access points:

  • Lindsay (Non-motorized), William Street North – Victoria Junction between Eglington Avenue and Orchard Park Road
  • Lindsay (Motorized) at Thunder Bridge Road, Ken Reid Conservation Area
  • Cameron on Long Beach Rd. (Arterial Road 34) East of Highway 35
  • Fenelon Falls (South) at the Old Railway Station

And the timing is perfect! You can take part in the second annual Snowshoe Kawartha races…5k or 10K.

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Source: http://snowshoekawartha.com/

 

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Sometimes you have to sit down and make actual plans to get outside and have some winter fun. Although tempting to enjoy your cozy home and a cup of hot chocolate, some winter exercise will cure any potential winter blues.

You can skate on the Lift Lock Canal

Thanks to the City of Peterborough and the Trent Severn Waterway, free public skating is available below the Peterborough Life Lock – weather permitting of course! The City floods the ice when needed to ensure it is as smooth as possible. Skate with your family or join in a game of hockey with your friends. Just be sure to check the flag that indicates the current ice conditions. 

You can also check out the Kawartha NOW website to find out which rinks and arenas are offering public skating.

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Source: https://kawarthanow.com/2017/01/07/skating-is-open-at-liftlock/

 

Or Enjoy Family Skiing and Snowboarding at Devil’s Elbow

Why not go where you can find some of the finest snow conditions and longest ski seasons in Ontario. Enjoy 14 runs including the East & West Glades and 2 terrain parks on 90 skiable acres.  You will find everything you need whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, from novice to expert.

The great location and snowmaking equipment guarantees the best possible snow conditions during the ski season.  There are six chairlifts (4 quad and 2 double) ensuring lineups aren’t an issue.

Nordic and snowshoe enthusiasts can enjoy 8.5 km of winding trails through the sheltered evergreen and hardwood forest.

And don’t worry if you need a bit of instruction. Devil’s Elbow offers a ski school and snowboarding lessons through Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School.  Private, semi-private and group lessons are available for all ability levels.

Regular Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Friday  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Schedule

December 25/17 – Closed Christmas Day

December 24/17 – January 7/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Family Day – February 19/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March Break – March 12 – 16/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

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