moonlight snowshoeing ontario

You can snowshoe through a moonlit forest near Toronto this winter

Snowshoeing through a powder-coated landscape is one of the most scenic ways to enjoy the winter, and while it's physically challenging, you don't need to be an endurance athlete to try it out. 

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Nighttime snowshoeing is at its finest after a fresh snowfall. Photo courtesy of Scenic Caves Adventures.

The most intriguing snowshoeing adventures near Toronto this winter dial the atmosphere up by taking place at night. You can trek through the heart of a forest with only a head lamp and moonlight to guide you.

There are actually quite a few places to try out this novel outdoors experience. The folks at Scenic Caves Adventures run regular guided nighttime snowshoe hikes, which include passage across their giant suspension bridge (though it's obviously less impressive in the dark).

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The view from the suspension bridge is still majestic at the outset of nighttime snowshoeing adventures. Photo courtesy of Scenic Caves Adventures.

You'll find a similar nighttime experience at Deerhurst Resort in Hunstville where snowshoers head out after darkness falls to explore the area under a canopy of bright lights. 

Hardwood Ski & Bike past Barrie will also be offering moonlight snowshoes one Saturday night in January, February and March this winter. Just check the schedule to see what the dates will be. 

Most snowshoe events have rentals on site, but even if they don't, you can rent a pair at Mountain Equipment Co-op before heading out to explore the snowy nocturnal world north of Toronto. 

Lead photo by

York Durham Headwaters. Written by Derek Flack.


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