Backroads Bill

Adventuring through northeastern Ontario by snowshoe and ski

Bill Steer, founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, ON,
The backroads of northeastern Ontario are covered with snow — perfect for skiing and snowshoeing, CBC Sudbury outdoors columnist Backroads Bill Steer says. (Bill Steer)
Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill, joined us for a chat about skiing and snowshoeing. He spoke to us about the appeal of both activities, and about the gear. He also shared some of the best spots in the north to use it. 7:06

When it snows, why not make for the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails?

According to CBC Sudbury's northern Ontario adventurer Backroads Bill Steer, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is a limited-time option — and the time to get out is now.

Northeastern Ontario is known for both.

There are hundreds of kilometres of groomed trails for an activity that epitomizes wellness for mind and body, Steer said. There are also back-country trails for the more adventurous explorers.

Check out Backroad Bill's skiing and snowshoeing map


Skiing and snowshoeing seem to go hand in hand with the many clubs in northeastern Ontario. (Bill Steer)

​Northeastern Ontario also has a network of community clubs, Steer added. See his list below.


Backroads Bill Steer is founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre near Mattawa, partime instructor at Canadore College and Nipissing University, and a regular guest on Morning North. Check out his website at steertonorthernontario.ca.