Words & Text by: Frieda Baldwin
Bruce Trail and Ganaraska hikers have been enjoying a winter get-away at Killbear Provincial Park since 2011, and will celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2020.
Two groups of approx. 40 people each fill up the staff lodge, in the off-season, and the hikers take full advantage of everything Killbear Provincial Park has to offer. Cross country skiers love the 9 km track set trail that takes them into Blind Bay and into Harold's Point, where as snowshoe tracks can be seen all over the park.
The tracks start from the staff lodge and lead to Twin Points, Blind Bay, Harold's Point and even as far as Granite Saddle (an approx. 10-12 km return loop). Many will ski in the morning, and snowshoe in the afternoon, or vice versa. The scenery is fabulous, with lots of picture taking opportunities. In addition, it is great to pay a winter visit to your favourite campsite or beach!
The staff lodge was renovated (as far as I know) in 2009, and unbelievably comfortable for large groups. All 20 rooms have 2 single beds. For dinner, we have potlucks which offer a variety of delicious foods.
In addition to snowshoeing and skiing, or a simple walk down the park road, the groups enjoy campfires, cards and other games, reading in the quiet room, and even watching TV. This year, we even got a beginner Square Dance lesson!
Looking forward to our 10th anniversary visit next February!
Frieda Baldwin is the organizer for the Dufferin-Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club and the Midland Ganaraska Hiking Club.
Please Note: Groups or clubs in this blog are not endorsed or have any affiliation with Killbear Provincial park or the Friends of Killbear.