Cold temperatures plus a fresh, white blanket of snow are a skier’s dream. Or any outdoorsy person’s dream, really.
Batawa Ski Hill, tucked into the northern half of Quinte West just off Highway 33, is a gathering place for such outdoor enthusiasts. Now in its 60th season, the small hill with the big heart has become a hub of activity all year round. Established in 1959 by employees of the Bata Shoe Company, the ski hill has a special place in the hearts of Quinte locals.
In The Summertime…
Families with young children (or wannabe paleontologists) are likely familiar with the Dino Dig in the summer months, where a 40-foot replica Tyrannosaurus Rex lays waiting to be uncovered. Curious explorers can navigate the 25 kilometres of trails by foot or bike to discover the surrounding forest and grassland (and an incredible view from the top!).
Avid and amateur cyclists alike are keen to make their way around the smooth asphalt bike pump track–one of only six paved tracks in Ontario! Looking for an even greater taste of adventure? Check out the Batawa Summer Adventure Day Camps.
Or When The Temperature Drops…
This four-season attraction is an ideal spot for outdoor adventure in the colder months as well; choose from 17 miles of cross country ski trails, nine runs for skiing and snowboarding and opportunities to explore the trails via snowshoe or fat bike.
At the end of a long day (or for those more interested in the après ski), you can find yourself getting cozy at the rustic chalet complete with a fireplace, bistro and occasional pub nights with live music and local craft beer.
Small Hill, Big Heart
The ski hill, incorporated as a not-for-profit in its 2006-07 season, continues its tradition of a community-first focus by hosting various fundraisers throughout the year. One example is the Vertical Feet Challenge for YMCA Strong Kids Quinte West, where teams compete to see how many vertical feet they can ski or snowboard during the day.
The not-for-profit incorporation has allowed this small ski hill to continue as a place for outdoor adventure and community.
For more of what’s happening at the hill, visit batawaskihill.com.