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Friday, 06 January 2017 11:06

Enjoy winter activities at Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area

JANUARY 6, 2017 – With plenty of fresh snow on the ground now is a great time to enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching, hiking and more at Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area.
The 1,334 acre property boasts more than 7 kilometres of sustained trails for hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, cross-country skiing.
As part of a multi-use trail system, Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area does have an active snowmobile trail that runs through the centre of the property, as part of an access agreement with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC).
“Winter is a fantastic time to explore Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area,” said Jonathan Hale, Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator. “We have kilometres of sustained multi-use trails that offer spectacular scenery. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or just hiking through the woods, Durham East Cross Forest offers something for everyone.”
Winding along the trails visitors will pass through sugar maple forests, pine plantations, open meadows and sand barrens.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, in particular, are exhilarating ways to see the countryside and have an amazing workout at the same time. Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area is ideal for these activities with its level topography and network of exciting trails to explore.
Whether you’re planning to ski or snowshoe, here are some simple tips to make your outing more enjoyable.

• Wear several thinner layers rather than one heavy layer – you may start out cold, but you’ll soon heat up with this activity.
• Take a bottle of water and a snack.
• Be prepared for a change in the weather.