You'll have to wait a little bit longer to have your first skate of the year through the forest along a torch-lit ice skating trail. The Arrowhead Provincial Park skating trail just cancelled its first Fire & Ice night of 2020. Hopefully this is the only time the nights will be cancelled so that people can take advantage of this magical trail for the rest of the season. 

Arrowhead Provincial Park's Fire & Ice nights are a popular activity in the winter. Who wouldn't want to skate through the forest on an ice trail with tiki-torches lighting the way?

Unfortunately, it'll be a little while longer before people can take part in these nights.

The skate on January 4, the first of the annual event this year, was cancelled due to warm weather so there will be no gliding through the forest, under the stars just yet.

Nine Fire & Ice nights are scheduled for the 2020 winter season so if conditions are ideal and everything works out how it's supposed to, the rest of the nights could go on as planned.

The next of those nine nighttime skates is on January 11 and that will be the first of the season if everything goes according to plan.

If you're wondering what's so special about these Fire & Ice events, Arrowhead Provincial Park turns up the heat by having the edges of the trail lit with more than 200 tiki torches on those Fire & Ice nights.

On nights when the trail is open, you can skate along 1.3 kilometres of ice through the forest from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the torches lighting your way.

All Fire & Ice nights are weather permitting and the other scheduled dates for 2020 are:

  • Saturday, January 11
  • Thursday, January 16
  • Saturday, February 1
  • Friday, February 14
  • Thursday, February 20
  • Saturday, February 29
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Saturday, March 14

On those nights you can also warm up next to two blazing fires or even roast marshmallows and hotdogs on it and you can buy hot chocolate to sip on.

Even though Fire & Ice nights are amazing, the skating trail isn't just for that.

Arrowhead has the ice trail open during the day as well when conditions are good so if you aren't able to get that magical skate in at night, you can still take it in during the day.

You can stay updated on whether the Fire & Ice nights are on or cancelled at the Arrowhead Provincial Park Twitter page.

Fire & Ice Nights

Price: $12.25 to $21 for entrance to the park.

When: Select dates in January, February and March, weather permitting.

Address: 451 Arrowhead Park Rd, Huntsville, ON P1H 2J4

Why You Need To Go: Skating through the forest along a torch-lit ice trail is a surefire way to make winter even more magical.

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