Fire and Ice – Skating at Arrowhead by torchlight

About a month ago, my friends from Niagara came up for Galentines weekend. I took them to Arrowhead for a day of winter fun!  While we were there, I saw a sign with the dates for the remainder of the years Fire and Ice.

The last date listed was Thursday, March 9th…. my birthday!  I knew right away that is what I wanted to do for my birthday this year!


A few days after that weekend, I sent a message to my Muskoka friend Sam to see if she would come with me. She was free and all in and I was totally stoked!!!!

Eventually, it was time to go and I was more excited than ever.  We had had a few days of rain and very warm temperatures and I honestly didn’t think the trail would be open. The day before I sent a tweet to Arrowhead and asked and Thursday morning, they replied saying YES, it would be open!!! WOOHOO

We arrived just after six and it was still a bit light out which was great!  We got our permit and then drove to the skating trail, super excited to check it out!

We parked the car and walked to the trail.  Here is what we saw upon approaching it!

Sam was right, it was gorgeous and definitely romantic and surprisingly, not very busy at all.

We went into the area where we would put on our skates, and got them on so we could get going!

With our skates on, we were ready to go!!! YAY!

It was truly magical and I was in awe!!!

We skated around and around, lap after lap, not being able to quite get enough of it all.

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better…. the moon showed itself!!!

It brightened up the sky and lit up the trail even more and made the skating trail look like something out of a Disney movie.

Sam took a few pictures of me goofing around, and then I took some of her.


After a few hours and many laps, we headed back to take off our skates and put our boots back on.

I was so very happy we’d come here tonight.  It was a memory I will cherish for a very long time.

I hope you enjoyed coming to check out the skating trail at Arrowhead with me during Fire and Ice.  If you want to get in touch, please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I am able to.

If you would like to see the video on this adventure, click here.

Happy Skating!

Camper Christina


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  1. glenmckenzie(justabitfurther) March 22, 2017 at 5:58 am - Reply

    What great idea and way to spend a birthday. Looks like you guys had a blast. Boy, Arrowhead has sure done a some great work on the Ice Trail and such over the past few years. Pretty popular attraction from what I see on Twitter. Thanks for sharing. Everyone now will be anxiously praying for ice to leave soon; dust off kayaks and canoes and hit the water.

    • camperchristina March 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      I know I am ready to get in my kayak for sure!!! Soon enough! Today it is -22 here so not quite ready yet. Thanks so much for checking out my post. I appreciate all your support and comments. Arrowhead has definitely done a spectacular job. People seem to love it there, I know I do. I wish more people would get on board with winter adventures. There is so much to offer and give people things to do to get outside.

      • glenmckenzie(justabitfurther) March 22, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

        Couldn’t believe how cold it was today. We where at Old Baldy in the Beaver Valley yesterday in essentially shirts. Took the dog over to the marina while Lynn was chiropractor today – nearly froze. You’re right – so much to do in winter. Once you moving around and dressed right – pretty say to keep warm. And the stuff you adventure to in the summer looks totally different in the winter – bonus. Thanks again for posting and sharing.

        • camperchristina March 23, 2017 at 7:26 am - Reply

          Thanks again for checking them out! I”m so glad you are enjoying them so much! 🙂 Have a super duper awesome day!

  2. danaelizabethx March 22, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    looks like a BLAST!! Happy belated BDAY!!! 🙂

  3. Al Christie March 22, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Nice idea – skating at night. My daughter wrote a little story about one time when we camped out and we wen t cross country skiing by moonlight.

    • camperchristina March 22, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for checking out my post. What a great story your daughter wrote about our trip. I was sad there were no photos but loved her descriptive writing! 🙂 Sounds like you are a good dad! Hope to see you again soon! Happy Adventuring!

  4. glenmckenzie(justabitfurther) March 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks for following along @justabitfurther. I thinking; hoping; doing a happy dance(well maybe not that) that spring temps will be here shortly!

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