We love winter! It’s when we get to celebrate what being a Canadian is all about – and we get to share the fun with visitors! We have approximately 10 km of trails that wind around and through our 350 acre farm. In winter, we groom these trails for snowshoeing. Lots of recent snowfall means our Snowshoe Trails are open!
We use a snowmobile that pulls a drag to groom the trails. For some of the more difficult terrain, we use a Tucker Sno Cat. If you haven’t tried snowshoeing, we have snowshoes you can rent. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy winter!
What about the Ice Trail? We’ve got some exciting developments for this year – skate rentals and skate sharpening. Even better, $1 from every skate rental goes to Habitat for Humanity in Bracebridge. As soon as the weather co-operates, we’ll be skating on the trail!
The key to making ice is cold temperatures without snowfall. So far this winter, we’ve had lots of snow, which has been great for our snowshoe trails but not great for making ice. Currently, the temperatures are too mild to make ice, but it looks like we’ll have cold temperatures toward the end of December. As soon as they arrive, we’ll be clearing, flooding and getting the Cranboni out on the Ice Trail.
All this is only possible because of the diligent effort of the farm crew to prepare and maintain the trails. This year, several of our trails were re-cut, cleared and re-signed. It’s a lot of work – especially when trees have a habit of falling down during storms.
All year long, the crew works on trail upgrades and maintenance. Signs and trail markings also have to be reviewed, developed and maintained.
Through a partnership effort with the Georgian Bay Biosphere, we created a new Trail Head and brochures this year. All in all, we keep getting better – come and enjoy winter with us!