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A walk through a quiet woods on a sunny, winter day lets you reconnect with nature. Breathe in the cool, fresh air and get grounded with a hike along one of Huron County’s many trails before heading home and warming up with a hot chocolate by the fire. 

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Huron County Hiking Trails

Hiking GuideExplore one (or more!) of the 30+ hiking trails found throughout Huron County, available for all ages and skill levels. From forested paths and riverside walks to historic railways and open meadows, experience the picturesque, outdoor landscapes that Huron County has to offer, all year-round. For a hiking route map, check out our Hiking Guide!

Borrow Snowshoes

With all of this freshly fallen snow, snowshoes are a perfect way to explore the many amazing trails found throughout the County. Give this fun winter activity a try by borrowing a pair of snowshoes from the Huron County Library!

Snowshoes are available to borrow for one week and come in children and adult sizes. Place a hold through our online catalogue:


Ontario Parks Permits

Ontario Parks is providing free day-use permits for Huron County Library patrons to explore their network of provincial parks through to the end of 2021!

Visit our online catalogue or contact your local branch to place a hold on a permit that will give you day-use access to any provincial park, including those closest to home, Point Farms and Pinery Provincial Parks. Permits can be borrowed for one week and cannot be renewed – patrons will be charged $50 and have their accounts blocked for lost permits. The permit entitles one vehicle (excluding buses) and its occupants to enter any provincial park subject to park regulations.

Please be sure to visit the Ontario Parks website (www.ontarioparks.com) for the most up-to-date information about park locations, hours of operation, and closures before venturing out. 

Place a hold through our online catalogue: https://olco.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/huron/

Private Family Skate

Get some exercise and breathe in the winter air with Dark Horse Estate Winery. Their new outdoor rink offers families private 50-minute time slots for an exclusive family skate! Reservations required.

Find out about safety measures and more at Dark Horse Estate Winery.

Try out a Fat Bike

G2G Fundraiser PosterFrom January 20 to March 31, try out a Fat Bike and support the G2G trail!

  1. Contact the Goderich Bike Shop at (519) 955-5100 or email contact@goderichbikeshop.com to reserve your bike.
  2. Make a donation to the G2G Trail here in lieu of rental fees.
  3. Pick up your FAT BIKE at Blyth Studio Suites in Blyth.
  4. Enjoy the ride!

Brought to you by Goderich Bike Shop & Blyth Studio Suites

White Squirrel Golf Club Trails

Explore the new trails at White Squirrel Golf Club!

Varna Nature Trail Guided Hikes


Guided hikes at the Varna Nature Trails (Mavis/Taylor Trails) are currently suspended being in compliance with the Ontario government stay-at-home order. All trails maintained by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association remain open for personal exercise by groups of not more than 5 people.

Why not fight the winter blues by bundling up and getting outside for a walk in the woods? The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is happy to announce guided hikes every Saturday.

The hikes will begin at 10 a.m. through to Feb. 27 at the Varna Nature Trails. Participants are asked to meet at the Stanley Community Complex, Mill Road, just west of Varna.

Each Saturday, two hike leaders will guide a one-hour hike (2.5km) on the Mavis/Taylor nature trails. All are welcome, including dogs on leash. Participants will follow social distancing protocols, so please bring a mask. Sign-in will be in the lobby of the Stanley Complex and washrooms will be open. Hikers will need to sign both a COVID screening checklist and a liability waiver to participate in the hike. During the hike, participants may remove their mask as long as they keep 2m (6ft) distance from other hikers. Groups will be limited to 25, first come first served.

Organizers note that they will hike in any weather as long as the trail is safe, so please dress appropriately. If the hike is cancelled, the BRVTA will post that information by 8 a.m. the day of the hike on their Facebook page “Bayfield Trails” and website bayfieldtrails.com.

Of course, these hikes are subject to Provincial restrictions on public gatherings, which may change.

For questions or more information, contact BRVTA Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at rjblastingjr@gmail.com or 519 525-3205

DIY Candlelit Walk

We might be missing the Candlelit Walk, but we can still be active outside and celebrate nature in winter, the light in the dark, and each other.

The “Remembership” DIY Candlelit Walk runs until February 28, 2021.

Take a picture of your lantern, and you too, if you like, in any of your favourite outdoor spaces and post it on Facebook – Maitland Trail Association (MTA), or email to kemelady@gmail.com

The lantern does not have to be homemade – a candle will do!

Please follow all required COVID protocols.