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Winter Activities

Even though there is snow on the ground that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside huddled around the fire! Get your warm clothes on and get back outside because there are still plenty of activities for you to do in Petawawa.

Mount Molson Ski Hill is used for recreational skiing, snowboarding and ski instruction and is serviced by a poma lift. Ski School Director is Level 3 CSIA/Level 1 CSCF. Cross country enthusiasts can put on their skis at the club chalet and enjoy the Petawawa Terrace Provincial Park trails adjoining Mount Molson. The Petawawa Terrace trails are compact groomed and are available for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

PETAWAWA TOBOGANNING HILL: The Town of Petawawa’s Official Tobogganing Hill is located to the left of the Centennial Park trailhead entrance at 1111 Victoria St. (beside Fire Hall) in the signed designated area. Parental supervision and helmets are strongly recommended. Please note: The Centennial Park Hill (directly behind the Municipal Office/ above the Evergreen Stage) is NOT a designated tobogganing area. This hill includes trees, gardens, stone walkway and other potential hazards that create unsafe conditions for tobogganing in this location.

They are plenty of opportunities to cross country ski or snowshoe throughout Town. The Petawawa Library has FREE snowshoe, binoculars and GPS rentals available but supply is limited. Jubilee Lodge has inexpensive snowshoe and cross country rentals as well as groomed trails right outside the doors.

You can also head West on highway 17 and search and explore the trails at the Petawawa Research Forest, or change directions and head East to Forest Lea trails. Ski lessons, snowshoe trails and groomed cross country and skate ski trails are available.

There are still plenty of winter activities to do while here in Town. Centennial Park is a great place to toboggan or skate at the Civic Centre during one of the Public skate or outdoor skating rink. If you seek a little more adventure you can always book a interior camping site at Algonquin Park to experience winter camping and then join us back in Town at one of Petawawa’s several restaurants to grab a meal to warm you back up.

Those many lakes and rivers that are great paddling destinations also make for great ice fishing destinations once the ice is thick enough to safely walk on.

Petawawa Library – FREE Snowshoe Rental
(MAP #7)
16 Civic Centre Rd, Petawawa
N 45.53.635 W 077.15.886

Mount Molson Ski Hill
N 45.53.739
W 077.15.180

Petawawa Terrace Provincial Park (MAP #15)
(RED) Temporarily Closed

N 45.53.048
W 077.14.774

Woodland Trails (MAP #11)
N 45.53.388
W 077.17.064

Petawawa Research Forest (MAP #9)
N 45.59.591
W 077.23.937

Forest Lea Trails – Cross Country Ski Club 
N 45.48.523
W 077.16.638

Jubilee Lodge – Trails and Rentals (MAP #13)
N 45.55.236
W 077.16.236

Ice fishing opportunities can be found on several parts of the Ottawa River as well as many other lakes and rivers in the area. Check for more info. Verify ice conditions and thickness before proceeding onto any lakes or rivers that may appear to be frozen.

Weather and temperatures can make drastic changes in the middle of winter so always make sure to take all the necessary precautions to stay safe. Hats, gloves scarves and other accessories help to keep your extremities warm and avoid frostbite. Dress in layers to prevent sweating and overheating as well as to add additional insulation when needed.

Make sure to let others know where you are going and when you plan to return as that snowshoe trail can quickly disappear with a heavy snowfall.