Copeland Forest is the largest intact forest south of Algonquin Park. The 4400 acre forest has no roads going through it making it feel like a wilderness experience. The Forest provides three unique and different winter experiences. You may explore the flat paths in the lowland areas with streams and ponds; challenge yourself on the hilly terrain of the Oro Moraine and explore the beauty of the paths around the Ducks Unlimited Pond.
As crown land, the Copeland Forest is open to all users without a fee. In the winter, you will see hikers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, fat bike riders and dog walkers. Winter users tend to follow both the dual track and single track trails. These trails are not groomed but constant winter use makes them accessible most of the winter.
The best way to access the these trails is from Line 4 N parking lot off Ingram Rd, known as P2. The Copeland Forest Friends Association has paid for snow plowing of this parking lot. From here, you have access to both the lowland trails to Line 5 N and you have access into the forest interior of lowlands and hilly uplands. Great for snow shoeing!
If you want to explore the forest, a map is available of the main dual track trails in the Forest and may be downloaded from www.copelandfriends.ca. Single track trails go off from the dual track trails and return again. There is signage at key intersections on the dual track trails. Look for P2 on the map as your starting point.
Please note that through an agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Horseshoe Resort maintains an extensive network of groomed cross-country ski trails. Access to these trails is via the Horseshoe Resort Cross Country Ski Centre and there is fee to use any trail out of the ski centre. We ask that all users respect these groomed trails and not step or ride on these cross-country ski trails.
The Forest is easily reached via Highway 400 at the Highway 93 exit. From there, you take Ingram Rd heading east toward Line 4 N. When you see the road sign for Line 4, slow down as the entrance to our P2 parking lot is on the right hand side of Ingram Road just past Line 4. There is no sign at the road side so watch closely for the driveway. Please note that parking on all roads in the Township is prohibited in the winter as it may interfere with snow clearing.
Come explore the Copeland Forest. Experience the peace and beauty of the winter.