The winter at Benmiller Inn is absolutely stunning. The nature trails remain open and Benmiller Inn offers 4 Pairs of Snow Shoes for use. Should you require additional snow shoes Outside Projects in Bayfield offers more for rent.
Snowshoeing in Ontario has been a major winter activity since the 1800’s. Many communities held outdoor snowshoeing competitions. Today, snowshoeing is a popular sport and wintertime activity for friends and families across the province.
What a great way to celebrate winter in Ontario! Snowshoeing combines exercise with fun and is as easy as taking a walk in the park. Beginners and experts alike can enjoy being out in the fresh air, while getting a low-impact and fun workout. You can choose the speed, duration and intensity of your own trek.
An excellent winter recreation choice, snowshoeing is affordable and fun for the whole family. With so many areas to explore, you may even encounter some of Ontario’s wildlife who are also out and about, enjoying the bounty that Ontario winters have to offer.
While snowshoeing, you may be working up a sweat and/or alternating between fast and slow movements. Is light clothing best? Maybe not; keep in mind that the best conditions for snowshoeing require cold air temperatures. Think about versatility for the utmost in comfort.
Many light layers will be a good choice to be properly prepared for fluctuating temperatures and weather conditions. As with other winter sports, you will want to wear a base layer, mid layer and shell layer. Choose a base layer that keeps your skin dry; Marino wool is a popular choice for its softness and temperature control.
Your mid layer is the place for insulation and the top layer, or shell, is used to resist snowflakes. Water proofing is not necessary, yet water resistance is recommended. The best top layer provides both water resistance and stretch.
Wear a backpack to carry an extra sweater as well as an extra hat, gloves and socks, if you are planning a long trek. This is a good place to carry your water bottle and hand warmers, too.
Your choice of pants should reflect the ambient air temperature conditions. Again, water-resistance is the key. Gloves, on the other hand, must be waterproof and insulated, as they are likely to get wet.
As for headwear, choose whatever is the most comfortable and covers your most susceptible areas. Some people like to wear sunglasses or goggles as well, to cope with the sometimes bright light reflected off of snow.
Normal boots that keep you warm and dry are best. Again, waterproofing is key. Never wear running shoes or sneakers, as they are not designed for outdoor winter wear. An optional item is “gaiters.” These are used to wrap around the ankle, covering the top of your boots. They help to keep your legs warm and stop any snow that may want to sneak into your boots.
Benmiller Inn and Spa is located in picturesque Goderich, Ontario ~ Ontario’s “Snow Country.” You can snowshoe right on the nature trails that are open year-round for trail walks or snowshoeing. Depending on the snowfall, you can explore the area around the Inn and discover the neighbouring streets of Bayfield as well.
In our lovely Inn, you can relax for the day and stay for the night. How nice it would be to sit by the fireplace and share stories of the day with family and friends of your day’s adventures. Our award-winning Ivey Dining Room is available for a satisfying breakfast before your trek, or a stress-free dinner afterwards.
Have fun … Learn to snowshoe!
Please note that Benmiller Inn and Spa has a small number of pairs of snowshoes to offer to guests. Additional pairs can be rented at Outside Projects in Bayfield.