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's 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).

You'll also find a similar program at Horseshoe Valley, which heads out on the cross country ski trails after darkness falls. There's also occasionally night skiing through the woods, but it's less frequent. 

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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.

Two other nighttime snowshoeing adventures worth mentioning are Hardwood Ski & Bike, which will host a moonlight snowshoe and fondue feast on January 26 (and again on February 9). This event involves a five-kilometre hike followed by dinner in the chalet.

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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