- Ski trails will not be set until after December 1 when the hunting season has closed.
- Cooking Lake-Blackfoot has about 125 kilometres of groomed trails plus 60 kilometres of ungroomed trails. The trails offer opportunities for both novice and advanced skiers.
- Check our trail report for conditions.
- We have about 85 kilometres of track set trails. Trails are double tracked for two way traffic.
- About 35 kilometres of trail accessed from Blackfoot Lake Staging Area are packed for skate skiing. These trails are challenging and very scenic, with excellent wildlife viewing.
- The first four loops from Waskahegan Staging Area are ideal for families with children - 14 kilometres of trail follow gently undulating terrain. Rest stops are spaced along the first three loops and there's a larger shelter at junction of Lost Lake and Meadow trails.
- Trails around Central Staging Area are fairly flat, with one major hill on Beaver Loop Trail heading west from the staging area.
- More than 30 kilometres of cross-country ski trails can be accessed from Islet Lake Staging Area. Two short loops with small hills (Highline and Middle trails) are good for novice skiers. Trails around Elk Push Lake are more difficult.
- Warm-up shelters are provided along many trails.
- Track-setting for cross-country ski trails does not begin until after hunting season ends in December .
- The park is the site of the annual Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival.
- No dogs or snowshoeing on the track-set trails … thank you.
- Keep all dogs on leash in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot.
- Skiers and equestrian users share portions of some trails. Skiers meeting horses should stop and step aside to allow them to pass.
- Please review winter trail etiquette & safety info.
Dog Sledding & Skijoring
- Dog sledding and skijoring are permitted from Blackfoot Lake Staging Area on the groomed trails provided in that sector.
- A long dog sledding run (approximately 40 kilometres) starts from the Blackfoot sector.
- Bikes are not allowed on ski trails set with double ski tracks
- On single ski track trail, please stay off set tracks. This damages the tracks and makes it difficult to ski
- Snowmobiling is permitted on Central Alleyway Trail from Waskahegan Staging Area to the shelter at the junction of Central Alleyway and Winter trails.
- Snowmobiling is also allowed in designated fields when there is sufficient snow (indicated by signs at field entrances). There must be at least 30 centimetres of compacted snow before snowmobiling is permitted.
- Check our trail report.
- Snowmobiles must be transported to the staging areas on trailers.
- Snowmobiles are not allowed on equestrian, cross-country ski and boundary trails.
- Snowshoeing is permitted on equestrian trails, pastures, and frozen ponds and lakes.
Updated: Apr 3, 2018