Snowshoes offer a unique perspective on a unique season! A truly Canadian activity, snowshoeing is a magical way to explore the winter landscape. A blanket of freshly fallen snow is the perfect invitation to join us for this timeless activity!

If you are new to snowshoeing, Crawford Lake and Mountsberg offer snowshoeing, with rentals available at Crawford Lake. Crawford Lake also offers Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes for adults Saturday evenings during the winter season (weather permitting. Please check our events calendar for an up to date listing of events).

Where Can I Snowshoe? 

Crawford Lake

snowshoeing at crawford lake

8.5 km of trails

Discover the origins of snowshoeing in the unique setting of Crawford Lake’s reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian village.

Modern aluminum frame snowshoes are available for rent.

Sunset Snowshoe Hikes for families provides an opportunity for groups with children to enjoy a less strenuous hike, snowshoe games and fun nature activities (tracking, anyone?).

Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes for adults (age 14 and up) offer insight into the history of snowshoeing, provide instruction on snowshoe techniques and include a more strenuous guided moonlight hike on the Crawford Lake trails.

Both experiences end with a tasty mug of hot chocolate and a marshmallow roast around the campfire.

Click here to access our event calendar for information on dates and fees.

Number of trails: 3
Rentals Available: Yes $18 (incl. HST) **NOTE Snowshoe rentals currently unavailable

Trail Distance Difficulty
Snowshoe Trail (snowshoe trail marker) 3.4 km Easy
Pine Ridge Trail (green) 3.6 km Moderate
Woodland Trail (red) 1.5 km Easy


snowshoeing at mountsberg

7.2 km of trails

 Mountsberg’s trails offer a beautiful snowshoe experience over easy terrain. Bring your own snowshoes and enjoy a day of hiking, then visit the Mountsberg Raptor Centre.

Number of trails: 2
Rentals Available: No

Trail Distance Difficulty
Wildlife Walkway 1.6 km Easy
Lakeshore Lookout Trail (blue) 5.6 km Moderate

Hilton Falls

16 km of trails

Put on your snowshoes and discover the beauty of Hilton Falls Conservation Area in a sparkling winter wonderland. The trails are perfect for beginners and families with young children. Warm up at the falls themselves over a bonfire, and hand feed our resident chickadees. The ski groomers pack the snow down for a gentler snowshoe hike. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, trek through onto the Bruce Trail.

The trail are shared with hikers and cross country skiers, so please avoid stepping on the ski tracks.

Number of trails: 3

Rentals Available: No

Trail Distance Difficulty
Hilton Falls Trail 3 km Moderate
Red Oak Trail 4 km Moderate
Beaver Dam Trail 8 km Difficult

Snowshoeing Etiquette & Safety

Conservation Halton trails pass through sensitive natural areas that protect plants and wildlife. Staying on the marked trails and not littering or removing natural materials helps protect these beautiful parks. Many of the trails are shared with winter hikers and cross-country skiers. Snowshoers should stay clear of the cross-country ski trails and keep to the right and yield to other trail users. 

There are some risks associated with snowshoeing in natural areas. Some of the trails follow shorelines of creeks and lakes and cliff edges where caution should be exercised when snowshoeing. Watching children carefully and being careful on hills will make your winter adventure fun and safe.