Snowshoes offer a unique perspective on a unique season! A truly Canadian activity, snowshoeing is a magical way to explore the winter landscape.
If you are new to snowshoeing, Crawford Lake and Mountsberg offer snowshoe rentals. Crawford Lake also offers popular Sunset Snowshoe Hikes for families and Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes for adults every Saturday during the winter season (weather permitting). A blanket of freshly fallen snow is the perfect invitation to join us for this timeless activity!
Where Can I Snowshoe?
8.5 km of trails
Discover the origins of snowshoeing in the unique setting of Crawford Lake’s reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian village.
Modern aluminum frame snowshoes are available for rent.
Sunset Snowshoe Hikes for families provides an opportunity for groups with children to enjoy a less strenuous hike, snowshoe games and fun nature activities (tracking, anyone?).
Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes for adults (age 14 and up) offer insight into the history of snowshoeing, provide instruction on snowshoe techniques and include a more strenuous guided moonlight hike on the Crawford Lake trails.
Both experiences end with a tasty mug of hot chocolate and a marshmallow roast around the campfire.
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Number of trails: 3
Rentals: AVAILABLE $13 (plus HST)
|Snowshoe Trail (snowshoe trail marker)||3.4 km||2 hrs||Easy|
|Pine Ridge Trail (green)||3.6 km||2 hrs||Moderate|
|Woodland Trail (red)||1.5 km||45 min||Easy|
7.2 km of trails
Mountsberg’s trails offer a beautiful snowshoe experience over easy terrain. Bring your own snowshoes and enjoy a day of hiking, then visit the Mountsbegr Raptor Centre.
Number of trails: 2
Rentals: The Mountsberg snowshoe rental program is now closed for the 2018 season
|Wildlife Walkway||1.6 km||45 min||Easy|
|Lakeshore Lookout Trail (blue)||5.6 km||3 hrs||Moderate|
16 km of trails
Put on your snowshoes and discover the beauty of Hilton Falls Conservation Area in a sparkling winter wonderland. The trails are perfect for beginners and families with young children. Warm up at the falls themselves over a bonfire, and hand feed our resident chickadees. The ski groomers pack the snow down for a gentler snowshoe hike. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, trek through onto the Bruce Trail.
The trail are shared with hikers and cross country skiers, so please avoid stepping on the ski tracks.
Number of trails: 3
Rentals Available: No
|Hilton Falls Trail||4 km||1 hr||Moderate|
|Red Oak Trail||3 km||45 min||Moderate|
|Beaver Dam Trail||9.5 km||2 hrs||Difficult|
Snowshoeing Etiquette & Safety
Conservation Halton trails pass through sensitive natural areas that protect plants and wildlife. Staying on the marked trails and not littering or removing natural materials helps protect these beautiful parks. Many of the trails are shared with winter hikers and cross-country skiers. Snowshoers should stay clear of the cross-country ski trails and keep to the right and yield to other trail users.
There are some risks associated with snowshoeing in natural areas. Some of the trails follow shorelines of creeks and lakes and cliff edges where caution should be exercised when snowshoeing. Watching children carefully and being careful on hills will make your winter adventure fun and safe.