If you’re looking for a snowy escape, consider heading to northern Ontario for a weekend getaway, especially if you love outdoor activities. Hearst, Ontario is a true winter wonderland during the cold season, home to 1,000 kilometres of wide trails, some of which are dedicated to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more.
Hearst, Ontario is about a 10-hour drive and about an hour and a half flight, north of Toronto.
It’s situated along the Mattawishkwia River and boasts as being the “Moose Capital of Canada,” according to Northern Ontario Travel. Majority of the town residents – 94% in fact, are French-speaking.
Though there are local attractions like Rheault Distillery, and the Hearst Ecomuseum, Théâtre de Hearst, we’re here for the outdoor adventures.
Considering its location, it’s not much of a surprise that during winter, snow blankets the region, creating some of the best conditions for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and more.
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If one thing is for certain, Hearst is the perfect location to enjoy some snowy experiences.
In addition to the 80 kms of trails dedicated to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, there are over 340 km of groomed trails for snowmobiling.
Through this, you’ll be able to explore some thrilling remote wilderness areas, and access northern trails and loop systems, too.
And it gets even better. According to Tourisme Hearst, snowmobiles are allowed on the streets of Hearst.
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Though the winter season is definitely not one to miss in this town, the warmer months are also as exciting. It’s just a 30-minute drive away from Fushimi Provincial Park, home to the Achilles Lake Trail and the Fire Tower Trail – a beloved summer adventure.
That being said, Hearst Ontario is an adventure just waiting to be enjoyed. Time to start planning those winter getaways.