Skate along a 1.4km ice trail in Balsam Lake Provincial Park this weekend

Annual 'Frostival' event near Coboconk on Saturday and Sunday features torch-lit skating on Saturday night

Skaters test out the 1.4km ice trail at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, which will be open to the public for one weekend only (January 26 and 28, 2019). The Frostival event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday night, when the trail will be lit by torches, and again from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Fred Thornill / @kawarthavisions on Instagram)
Skaters test out the 1.4km ice trail at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, which will be open to the public for one weekend only (January 26 and 28, 2019). The Frostival event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday night, when the trail will be lit by torches, and again from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Fred Thornill / @kawarthavisions on Instagram)

This weekend only, you and your family have the opportunity to skate along a 1.4-kilometre ice trail in Balsam Lake Provincial Park near Coboconk.

This new spin on Coboconk’s annual “The Frostival” event is hosted by the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Balsam Lake Provincial Park and Kawartha Lakes Tourism.

Similar to the popular outdoor skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park, The Frostival trail runs through the forested park, with staging areas and bonfires.

On Saturday night, the 1.4km ice trail in Balsam Lake Provincial Park will be lined with lit torches. (Photo: Balsam Lake Provincial Park)
On Saturday night, the 1.4km ice trail in Balsam Lake Provincial Park will be lined with lit torches. (Photo: Balsam Lake Provincial Park)
The 1.4km ice trail, which runs through Balsam Lake Provincial Park, will also be open for public skating on Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Balsam Lake Provincial Park)
The 1.4km ice trail, which runs through Balsam Lake Provincial Park, will also be open for public skating on Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Balsam Lake Provincial Park)
The Frostival event is presented by the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Balsam Lake Provincial Park and Kawartha Lakes Tourism.
The Frostival event is presented by the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Balsam Lake Provincial Park and Kawartha Lakes Tourism.

The event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday evening (January 26) — when the ice trail will be lined with lit torches — and again from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon (January 27).

Admission is $15 per car (cash only). Complimentary hot chocolate will be served throughout the event.

You will need to bring your own skates and helmets, as rentals will not be available.

The ice trail will be open this weekend only.

However, there are also cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in the park that are available all winter long.

If you’re heading out on Saturday night, make sure to bundle up as the temperature will be dropping to -13°C. On Sunday afternoon, the temperature will be -8°C with a 60 per cent chance of flurries.

Balsam Lake Provincial Park is located around 43 kilometres north of Lindsay.

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