When the snow covers the ground in Grey County, hikers and walkers kick off their runners and strap on their snowshoes. Snowshoeing is a great low impact way to explore Grey County’s trails, forests and waterfalls that might otherwise be off- limits during the winter months. With ample snowfall and abundant views from atop the Niagara Escarpment, snowshoeing in Grey County is must-try experience for winter visitors.
Before you head out
While snowshoeing is a beginner friendly, there are a few things to consider before heading out. It’s a good idea to test out your snowshoes before you’re miles into the forest. Remember that while you can cover quite a bit of ground on foot, it’s slower going on snowshoes. You can still get a great work out, if that’s what you’re after, but you can also take your time, watch for wildlife, follow tracks and enjoy the silence of a fresh snowfall. Finally, snow completely changes the landscape. Whether you’re visiting a trail for the first time or heading to a cave you’ve been to many times before, remember that crevices, cracks, rivers and ditches are much harder to see under a blanket of snow. Approach with caution and stay back from the escarpment edge. Many of Grey County’s trails are multi-use. When snowshoeing in an area with maintained cross country ski trails, be sure to respect the groomed ski tracks. Keep well to the side of the trail and leave plenty of room for pole plants beside the track set.
Where to go
Grey County has many great snowshoe locations. Over a dozen of Grey County’s 45 managed forests are maintained for winter usage and offer great snowshoeing in a treed setting. For a complete list of county properties visit Grey County Forests. Snowshoes are also a great way to access Grey’s many waterfalls. From Inglis Falls to Eugenia Falls, you can learn more about Winter Waterfalls here. With the sport growing in popularity, several local operators offer snowshoeing. The Scenic Caves Nordic Centre, Cobble Beach Golf Links, Georgian Hills Vineyard and Blue Mountain all feature snowshoe-specific trails. Many Bruce Trail hikes are also suitable for snowshoeing.