The tour is reminiscent of old traditional skiing and is not intended as a race.
Tentative tour date is January 18th 2020
In January when the lakes and rivers of Quetico Park have frozen over and the paddling season has taken a hiatus skiers will venture out into the pristine wilderness of the frozen snow covered paddling mecca
Hosted by The Beaten Path Nordic Trails and Quetico Park staff, The Sawmill Lake Classic Tour is an old time traditional ski tour within Quetico Provincial Park. The narrow twisty trails will have skiers meandering through mixed forests along side the Pickerel River over creeks and through lowland bogs to a half way point at Sawmill Lake. The tour is not a race and if you carry your lunch and drinks on your back, you can enjoy them around an open fire before the last half of the loop back. Once past Sawmill Lake the tour follows what was once an old logging road and now a narrow trail with longer flat sections and gradual hills. There is a final warm up fire before the last stretch back. Refreshing beverages and a fire will be waiting at the Heritage Pavilion (Visitor Centre).
12km and 24 km options
Other links on this site
Quetico Trails Map The loop to Sawmill is a winter trail and not shown
The park does not maintain this section year round