Cross-Country Skiing

Tall trees covered in fresh snow, winding trails through quiet woods and the chatter of chickadees make for the perfect cross-country ski adventure. Whether you are a traditional or modern skier you will find the trails at Conservation Halton parks inviting and exciting. A great way to exercise, cross-country skiing is also a fun way to see Mother Nature in her finest winter dress. Cross-country ski trails are available at Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, and Mountsberg Conservation Areas. 

Where can I cross-country ski?

Hilton Falls

15 km of trails

hilton falls

Hilton Falls has beautiful trails through escarpment woods and beaver meadows. A highlight of your skiing adventure is the beautiful falls waiting for you. It is stunning in winter!
Trails are suitable for all levels of skiers to enjoy. Ski rentals are available for those who want to try it for the first time.
For Adventurers looking to get the heart rate up, head out and do all 15 km. For those Explorers looking to get a great photo of the falls, head out on the yellow trail.

Season: January to early March (availability dependent on weather conditions).

Number of trails: 3 

* Rentals are currently unavailable. 


Rental Fee/3+ hours

Rental Fee/3 Less than 3 hours



(ages 15+)

$    29.00

 $    21.00

15% discount to members


(up to 14 years of age)

$    19.00

 $    14.00


 A security deposit of $250 per set of equipment is required for ski rentals 

Trail Distance Time Difficulty
Hilton Falls Trail (yellow) 3 km 1 hr  Easy
Red Oak Trail (red) 4 km 1.25 hr  Easy

Beaver Dam Trail (purple)*

 *Track not set and trails not groomed on west side of trail from HF12 to HF09

8 km 2.5 hr


Crawford Lake

5 km of trails

crosscountryskiing crawford lake

Crawford Lake offers cross-country ski trails on escarpment trails through woods and fields. It is also the site of a rare meromictic lake and reconstructed Iroquoian village.

The Pine Ridge Trail offers beautiful pine plantations and open fields perfect for wildlife viewing while enjoying this winter wonderland.

Although the trails are easy to moderate, they are not groomed so folks are often Adventurers and are willing to break their own trails. Be sure to pack your own skis.

Number of trails: 3
Groomed trails: N/A
Season: January to early March (availability dependent on weather conditions)
Rentals: N/A

Trail Distance Time Difficulty
Snowshoe Trail (snowshoe trail marker) 3.4 km 1 hr 30 min Easy
Pine Ridge Trail (green) 3.6 km 1 hr 45 min Moderate
Woodland Trail (red) 1.5 km 45 min Easy


14 km of trails


Cross-country ski trails run along shoreline, through woods and sugar bush, and along the Wildlife Walkway with bison, elk, and birds of prey enclosures.

The Lakeshore Lookout Trail follows the shoreline of the Mountsberg Reservoir and features three smaller loops that take the visitor through plantations, wetlands and woodlands.

Trails are great for Family Fun folks and beginners, although they are not groomed. Be sure to pack your own skis.

Number of trails: 2
Groomed trails: N/A
Season: January to early March (availability dependent on weather conditions)
Rentals: N/A

Trail Distance Time Difficulty
Wildlife Walkway 1.6 km   Easy
Lakeshore Lookout Trail (blue) 5.6 km   Moderate


Cross-Country Skiing 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. Skiers should keep to the right and yield to other trail users.

There are some risks associated with cross-country skiing in natural areas. Some of the trails follow shorelines of creeks and lakes and cliff edges where caution should be exercised when skiing. Certain weather conditions may make trails unsafe such as ice and high winds. Watching children carefully, being aware of weather conditions and being careful on hills will make your skiing adventure fun and safe.

As with any outdoor activity, cross-country skiing is safer with a buddy. If you are cross-country skiing alone, make sure someone knows where you are and when you are expected to return. Respect your ability level as cross-country skiing can be strenuous. Choose shorter routes, particularly on ungroomed trails (Crawford Lake and Mountsberg), until you are comfortable with the sport. Dress in layers as you’ll work up a sweat!


Hilton Falls

Trail Status

Trails at Hilton Falls Conservation Area are currently open for the season. 

Service Disruptions and Trail Closures

Date Time Facility Affected Event