Skating Enthusiasts Are Loving Arrowhead

Arrowhead Provincial Park has been called 'Ontario's Best Kept Secret' for many reasons

Muskoka is known for its beauty and its tranquility. People flock north to have peace, enjoy the lakes and the fresh air that Muskoka offers each year. Now there is one more added reason why traveling north should be put on your calendar. Arrowhead Provincial Park has been called 'Ontario's Best Kept Secret' for the beautiful 1.3km of natural man made trail that is groomed for skating. This is Ontario's longest man made trail. A beautiful way to get out and enjoy the Muskoka fresh air. Fire and Ice nights are held in January and February where tiki torches are put along the side of the trail for night skating. A magical vision! 

Over 20,000 people were on the trail last year. The cost is $16/vehicle for a day pass which gives you access to skating, snowshoeing, tubing and skiing. 


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Explore Fund Grant-Giving Program

The North Face Announces 2015 Explore Fund Grants Open for Applications

The North Face today announced the 2015 Explore Fund grant-giving program is now open through October 31, 2015 for applications and $30,000 will be awarded to organizations this year. The Explore Fund provides grants to organizations that connect people to the outdoors in meaningful ways, with youth as the primary focus.


“For 2015, we are looking to identify programs that will provide experiences that nurture an enduring appreciation of the outdoors,” said Ann Krcik, Director of Outdoor Exploration, The North Face. “We want these programs to encourage people to explore and appreciate the outdoors in their favorite ways, whether that be hiking, skiing or camping – we want to be the catalyst.”


All grants are evaluated on the clarity of proposal, the projected impact and alignment to the spirit of adventure and exploration. Proposals that leverage collaboration and partnerships within communities are encouraged. The Explore Fund reviews grants by individual merits and as part of a balanced portfolio that includes such factors as geography, type of program funded, target audiences, and more.


To be considered for an Explore Fund grant, applicants must be non-profit organizations or in a formal relationship with a qualified fiscal sponsor. All applicants must fully complete the online submission process and provide the required application information.  Explore Fund grants are for one year and funding in a giving cycle does not guarantee future support.


As part of its mission to start a global movement of Outdoor Exploration, The North Face introduced the Explore Fund ( in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $1.5 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists.


For more information and to submit an application before October 31, 2015, please visit