Much of Ontario's landscape was sculpted by the last ice sheet that receded 10,000 years ago. Powerful glaciers plucked boulders from the Precambrian Shield north of this area, transporting them between 100 and 200 km (62 and 124 miles.) This process dragged minerals, rocks, and boulders over bedrock. During this movement, some of the rocks and boulders were ground into sand, silt and clay. Others were deposited in between blocks of ice. When the ice melted, these ice deposits formed conical mounds which actually shaped the kame moraine you walk along on the trail system.
The trail system is part of the Horseshoe Moraine and reaches an elevation of 30 metres (100 feet) in places. Known for its beginner to advanced ski trails, it includes challenging runs such as Big Thunder, Climbin' Tree and Devil's Drop.
As you wander along the trails you may also come across the kettle pond, which was carved by the glaciers thousands of years ago.
When the glaciers retreated a huge chunk of ice was left behind. As time passed and temperatures got warmer, this huge chunk of ice remained stationary and eventually began to melt, creating the pond you see before you!
1) Top Right: Grand opening of Allan Park Management Unit, 1967
2) Middle Right: Construction of the dyke around the man-made pond, 1967.
3) Lower Right: Construction of the dyke complete, 1989.