X-C Ski/Snowshoe Weekend at Bondi Village - Fri, Feb 28 2020, Sat, Feb 29 2020, Sun, Mar 1 2020

X-C Ski/Snowshoe Weekend at Bondi Village (2/28/2020)

PRE-REGISTRATION & ADVANCE PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.After you sign up at the bottom, you will be presented with information about how to pay. Late payments are NOT accepted for this event, in any circumstance.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Algonquin Park, West Gate (Dwight)
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Feb 28 2020, Sat, Feb 29 2020, Sun, Mar 1 2020  3:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 3:00 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 31 2019 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:All weekend
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Alison
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Member Cost:$232.50/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 14 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



Time to start thinking about snow activities! Join us for a fun, fantastic weekend of cross-country skiing and/or showshoeing at Bondi Village Resort, near Algonquin Park. Here's a link to the Algonquin snow report, which will have similar conditions to those at Bondi.

Get up early and ski before breakfast; take a headlight and snowshoe after supper... Bondi Village has over 20 km of trails on a private wilderness reserve. Trails vary in difficulty; each offers its own special micro-environment and natural features. Approximately 15 km are groomed and track set for Nordic skiing. Snow- shoeing is allowed on designated trails, and alongside the ski trails - just stay off the ski tracks! In winter, small groups of deer come right among the cottages, and on occasion, the local wolf pack may also come onto the property, although we're more likely to hear them than to actually see them. If ice conditions are suitable, a skating rink may be cleared on the lake, so if you fancy skating, bring your skates.


We've booked The Lodge, a self-contained house featuring 6 bedrooms, a fireplace in the lounge, a games room and a library. Note that, while one or two couples may be accommodated, rooms are shared dorm-style, and logistics may mean you and your partner are in separate rooms. Dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday will be prepared and shared as a group, so we'll sort out a menu ahead of time. This is a group event, so anyone opting out of the meal plan will still be expected to contribute to the group food costs.

Weekend itinerary

  • Drive up to Bondi Village on Friday evening, with each carload stopping for dinner on the way (by consensus please...)
  • On Saturday, there's a choice of destinations, based on activity and willingness of a driver to go to any particular location:
    • Ski or snowshoe at the Village
    • Drive to Fen Lake in Algonquin - skiing only at this location; skiing is free but a car-pass for the car must be purchased
    • Drive to Arrowhead Park just north of Huntsville, to ski, skate or snowshoe; parking is free but a trail pass must be purchased
    • Drive to the Frost Centre south of Bondi on Hwy 35, to ski or snowshoe; parking is free but a trail pass must be purchased
  • On Sunday, again, groups can choose to ski or snowshoe at Bondi, go to either Fen Lake, Arrowhead or a new location we haven't tried before, Bracebridge RMC, north of the town, on the east side of Highway 11.
  • Each car-load will head back to Toronto late afternoon, getting back to Vaughan around 8pm or so, depending on where they skied and how long the driver wants to stay out.


  • Ski rentals are available at MEC or EuropeBound - they both have competitive weekend rates
  • There are NO ski rentals available at Bondi Village, but snowshoes can be rented
  • You can get daily rentals at Arrowhead, or at Algonquin Outfitters if going to Fen Lake

Required Items to Bring:
  • Skis, boots and poles and/or snowshoes
  • Gloves and hat
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Fanny- or back-pack
  • Water bottle or thermos
  • Lunch stuff and snacks for two days
  • Personal toiletries
  • Pyjamas - accommodation is in shared rooms!
  • Cash for carpool
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Change of clothes (in case you get wet)
  • First aid kit
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (for the skiers)
  • Headlight
  • Whistle
  • Ice skates
  • Munchies
  • Alcoholic beverages

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

All participants to meet at the carpool, unless other arrangements are approved ahead of time - Hwy 400 Carpool locations are generally acceptable

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):460Km
Carpool Departure Time: 3:00 PM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $97.06 (calculated at total Km * $0.211, effective Saturday, February 22, 2020). This is based on $0.08/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Your event coordinator will confirm exactly how much money is required from each person.


Menus and carpool arrangements will be worked out closer to the event date.

- Registration is NOT COMPLETE until you've signed up and paid by the registration cut off date. The money must be in the TOC's possession by that date. No exceptions.
- When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with full refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met. For any events where TOC needs a minimum number of participants, there will be absolutely no refund of money if you cancel.
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- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$232.50/Person
Cost Includes:
  • Weekend accommodation (incl HST): $205.66
  • Food for 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner: $20
  • 3% TOC transfer fee: $6.84

Cost does NOT include:

  • Parking passes at Fen Lake
  • Ski passes at Arrowhead
  • Ski rentals (not available at Bondi Village or at Fen Lake)
  • Carpool costs
  • Alcoholic beverages
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the TOC on Thu, Oct 31 2019.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!
  • The weekend will go ahead unless the OPP close roads due to bad weather.