Skate Arrowhead Provincial Park's Ice Skating Trail

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Added by Devin Andrade

Reasons why I loved this adventure and would go back:Easy and worthwhile day tripFamily FriendlyUnique way to enjoy ice skating and the forestQuietThe chickadees were adorableFun way to get active

As soon as you enter the park the speed of your vehicle immediately gets slower, because the drive in to get to the main office is long, winding, and so much more beautiful compared to the summertime. I was overwhelmed with the amount of peaceful and untouched snow that vibed so well with the forestry. If it wasn't such a narrow road, I would've been pulling over constantly to snap pictures. Once you arrive at the main office, there is a small fee to pay per vehicle, about $16 for the whole day. After that, you drive a little further into the park to find the trail. Lots of parking is available right next to the start of the trail.

There are lots of little cubbies to put your boots in and picnic tables around camp fires where you can lace up your skates. Then it's as simple as stepping out onto the ice and skating. The trail is loop that you can go around as many times as you please. I did one loop just to get familiar with what the ice was like, although they do zamboni the trail, there are a few inconsistencies like with any ice skating. After that, it was all about a slow pace, with many stops to take in all the cool views. Don't be afraid to climb into the snow banks with your skates, be careful and it'll be worth it. I kept seeing things from the trail that I wanted a closer look at. I suppose it's all from that overwhelming feeling of seeing winter being enjoyed the way it's meant to be and not the way the cities dwell over it.

Here's a taste of what the day could look like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Tj7qiQPCw

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Fitness
Snowshoeing
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area

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