Sponsored Clubs, Venues
We are proud to support Cross Country Skiing in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. We have long-standing partnerships with the following respected venues and clubs. Go and check them out for yourself!
Nakkertok is the largest cross country ski club in Canada. Their network of 75 km of expertly groomed trails is located on privately-owned lands in the Gatineau Hills and accessible within 20 minutes of downtown Ottawa. Growing and strong with over 1,400 members, Nakkertok continues to provide both a friendly family atmosphere and a high level of competitive racing, as well as programs offered in Ontario and Quebec.
Kanata Nordic is dedicated to promoting lifelong activity, fitness and enjoyment of the outdoors through a variety of cross-country ski programs offered in a friendly club setting. The club is a member of Cross Country Ontario and its programs are based on Cross Country Canada’s skills development model. Established in 1979, Kanata Nordic now calls Wesley Clover Parks home with a growing trail-network for all skiers to enjoy. Cross country skiing is a great way to get out and get active in the cold weather in Ottawa and is a sport the whole family can enjoy together.
The XC Chelsea Masters is a club for both competitive and recreational masters cross-country skiers (i.e., age 30, give or take a few years, and up) run by local coaches in Chelsea, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario. It offers a structured training program that is designed to bring masters skiers to a fitness level and technical ability that will allow them to improve their performance in ski races of short and long distances, ski loppets, touring events and recreational skiing. Many masters join in order to get in shape for the Gatineau Loppet or the Canadian Ski Marathon. Others simply want to get in shape for the ski season and learn to be better skiers.
Visit Mooney’s Bay Park (Terry Fox Athletic Facility) and enjoy 5 km of groomed and well-lit trails. Learn or improve your skills with our lesson packages for all levels in classic or skate skiing. Mooney’s Bay Park has it all. Perfect for after work. Perfect for the entire family.
A groomed multi-use winter trail along the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) multi-use pathway (MUP) promotes active living and provide access to the Ottawa River shoreline, welcoming a diversity of users, whether they are walking, on skis, snowshoes or a snow bike. The salt-free trail respects environmental sensitivities unique to the river shoreline.
The trail connects the Canadian War Museum with park lands along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to Westboro Beach, animating spaces that until now have been little used in the winter. Transit stations border the trail at LeBreton Flats, Bayview/O-train and Dominion Stations, with parking at Westboro Beach, Champlain Park and the Canadian War Museum, providing ready access for visitors from around the National Capital Region.
Two tracks are set, one for snowshoers, walkers and bikers and the other for cross-country skiers, supporting both classic and skate style techniques. The walking track follows the existing pathway. Serpentine loops will add distance to the ski track at the Selby Plains and Remic Rapids greenspaces and at open lands adjacent to the War Museum and Champlain Bridge, for an expected distance of 16 kilometres.
Amenities along the trail include the Westboro Beach tobogganing hill, the John Ceprano rock sculptures and the café at the War Museum.