Osler's Trail System
Members and their guests (with a day ticket) are permitted to use the trail system.
The South (Orchard) trail crosses Orchard Lane. The bridge has been relocated further down the creek. There is no longer trail access from the end of Orchard Lane, so plan on an adding 5-10 minutes to the South end hike.
The South trail has been rerouted to an easier route, avoiding the steep climb where the rope was located.
Access to the Lower Trails from Oslerview has been relocated to the new snowmaking resevoir. Follow Snowflake Lane to the parking area at the end of the road. Please obey the signs that warn of the dangers of pond.
Osler Bluff is a paradise for winter trekking. A network of almost 27 km of snowshoe trails wind their way through some of the Niagara Escarpment's most stunning environments and lower trails for beginners. There are trails suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. A wide and flat system of trails behind the Oslerview Community are an easy introduction to snowshoeing; the North End trails climb through the forest to loop around the mid-mountain snowmaking reservoir; and a challenging 7.5 km climb and descent of the mountain takes the experienced and fit snowshoer on a tour of the entire property. Adventurous snowshoers can extend their hikes to join the Bruce Trail, Pretty River Provincial Park or enjoy the managed conservation area to the south of the Club property.
Note: Snowshoe traffic is not permitted on alpine ski trails. This poses a hazard to both skiers and hikers. Please follow marked trails.
Cross Country Skiing
While the trails that ascend and descend the mountain are not suitable for cross country skiing, Nordic skiing is encouraged on the lower trail, also referred to as the "Fisher Trail", accessed from the snowmaking resevoir in the Oslerview Community. These multi-use flat trails are shared with snowshoers and hikers. Conditions permitting, these trails may be groomed to facilitate skiing.
A trail for classic Nordic skiing begins at the snowmaking pumphouse. Here, a 3km classic ski track winds through the fields and pine forests. When conditions permit, this trail is track set for classic X-C skiing, so foot traffic is not permitted. Skate skiing is available along berm of the snowmaking resevoir when snow depth allows for grooming.
Members and guests are invited to participate in a number of trail events. Annual snowshoe races, the Cross Country Club Championship, and organized snowshoe treks are great ways to get out and enjoy winter. Check the club event and social calendars for upcoming events.
If you would like to learn to snowshoe, discover the Osler trail system, join a guided hike or meet other snowshoers of your ability level, please contact the Club. You will be put in touch with Club members who are keen to show you the beauty of the Osler backwoods.
Enjoy your outing. Before using the trails, please read these notes for your safety and the enjoyment of your outing.
When using the winter recreation trails, you are leaving the patrolled and maintained trail area of Osler Bluff Ski Club. Trails are not patrolled. The trails are on Club and private lands and are for the use of Club members and their guests. You and your group are responsible for your own safety.
Use at your own risk. Travel with companions, tell someone where you are going, and when you plan to return. Carry a cell phone.
Trails are managed as a natural area and may not be groomed or maintained. Trail conditions are variable and weather dependent. Please be alert for fallen tree branches, water across trails during and after thaws and other natural hazards.
Foot traffic is not permitted on alpine ski trails. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above. Do not travel on ski runs at any time, even after operating hours as the ski trails become a workplace for machinery and grooming equipment.
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Travel in control and in such a manner that you can stop or avoid other people or objects. Do not travel on closed trails and observe and obey all signs and warnings.
Dogs must be kept on a leash while on Club property. Please pick up after your pet and be considerate of other trail users. Dogs are not permitted on neighbouring private land.
Note Regarding Travel on Neighbouring Lands
Some trails exist on neighbouring private land. Use of these trails is permitted through an agreement with Club neighbours. Please respect the landowner's private property, stay on the trails and carry out all garbage. Pets are not permitted in the Matthew Conservation Area, to the South of the Club property. These trails are not patrolled or maintained and may involve difficult terrain.
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