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Alberta

Calgary Ski Club - Calgary, Alberta

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Camrose Nordic Ski Club

Biathlon, Cross CountryStoney Creek Valley and Canmore Golf Course trails, skating and classic, Camrose, Alberta

Camrose
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Canmore Nordic Ski Club - Canmore, Alberta

Canmore
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Chinook Nordic Ski Club - (403) 320-5114, Lethbridge, Alberta

Edmonton Nordic Ski Club (Rundle Family Centre) - Edmonton, Alberta

Events, racing programs and more

Edmonton
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Foothills Nordic Ski Club

Includes a racing program, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Calgary, Alberta

Calgary
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Fort Saskatchewan Nordic Ski Club - Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Hinton Nordic Ski Club (Athabasca Lookout Nordic Centre) - Hinton, Alberta

Muskeg Flyers Ski Club - Hornbeck Cross Country Ski Area, 30km, events, activities and programs, (780) 723-3460, Edson, Alberta

Parkland Cross Country Ski Club - Ski Touring including the Rockies, Red Deer, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Racers

Cross Country and Biathlon, Calgary, Alberta

Calgary
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St. Albert Nordic Ski Club - Kingswood Park (Edmonton), Alberta

Edmonton
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Vermilion Nordic Ski Club - (780) 853-4697, Vermilion Provincial Park, Vermilion, Alberta

Wapiti Nordic Ski Club - Grand Prairie, Alberta

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British Columbia

Caledonia Nordic Ski Club - 45km groomed, night skiing, day lodge Cross Country, Hiking and Mountain Biking, Otway Nordic Centre, Prince George, British Columbia Cariboo Ski Touring Club - 

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Prince George
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Cariboo Ski Touring Club - 35km groomed, 20km backcountry, night skiing, day lodge, backcountry cabins, rentals, events,Quesnel, Cariboo Chilcotin

Trail Map
Events
Rentals


Kimberley Nordic Ski Club - Kimberly, British Columbia Trial Conditions Events

Kimberly
Weather - Cranbrook

Accommodations

Boundry Steet House - B&B, Kimberly
Mountain Edge - Condominiums, Kimberly

Kimberly is located in the south eastern area of the province, in the Kootenay Rockies Region, approximately 800km from Vancouver and 400km from Calgary. For more information have a look at:

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Hollyburn Jackrabbit Ski Club - Vancouver, British Columbia Trail Map

City of Vancouver
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Cypress Mountain is just outside the city of Vancouver a short drive from the downtown area. For more information have a look at:

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Nickel Plate Ski Club - 56km of groomed trails, Penticton, British Columbia Trail Map Conditions

City of Penticton
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Accommodations

Days Inn - Hotel, Penticton
God's Mountain Crest Chalet - Penticton
Woodlock Inn - Penticton

Penticton is located in south central B.C. in the Thompson Okanagan region approximately 650km from Calgary and about 440km from Vancouver in south central B.C. For more information on the province have a look at:

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Omineca Ski Club - 35km skateing and classic, Night Skiing (2km), Burns Lake, British Columbia

Located 6.5km to the south of Burns Lake on Highway 35.


Telemark Ski Club - 50km of trails, Kelowna, British Columbia Trail Maps Events

City of Kelowna
Kelowna - Tourism
Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
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Accomodations

Classic Bed and Breakfast - B&B, Kelowna
Grumpy's Place - B&B, Kelowna
Lake Okanagan Resort - Kelowna
Wine Country Suites - B&B, Kelowna
Wolf's Lodge - Kelowna,

Kelowna is located in south central B.C. in the Thompson Okanagan region approximately 600km from Calgary and about 400km from Vancouver. For more information on the province have a look at:

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Telemark is located on the road into Crystal Mountain about a half hour from Kelowna. Location Map


Black Jack Ski Club - 30km of groomed trails, Rossland, British Columbia Trail Map

Rossland
Weather - Cranbrook
Road Conditions - Kootenay
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BC Rockies Region

The trails are located in the south eastern area of the province approximately 600km from Calgary and 600km from Vancouver. For more information have a look at:

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Black Jack is located about 3km north of the city of Rossland just across from the Red Mountain Ski Resort.


Castlegar Nordic - over 20km of trails, Castlegar, British Columbia Trail Map Events Conditions

Castlegar
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Larch Hill Ski Club - 150 km of trails (50km trackset), Salmon Arm, British Columbia Trail Map

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Nelson Nordic Ski Club - 25km of groomed trails (classic and skating), Night Skiing, Nelson, British Columbia Trail Map Events

Nelson

Accomodations
Heritage Inn, Nelson

The trails are located about 16km south of Nelson off highway 6, take the turn off to Whitewater


Nordic Ski Club - 65.5 km, snowshoe trail 12km out and back, Kelowna, British Columbia Trail Map Events

City of Kelowna
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Accomodations

Classic Bed and Breakfast - B&B, Kelowna
Grumpy's Place - B&B, Kelowna
Lake Okanagan Resort - Kelowna
Wine Country Suites - B&B, Kelowna
Wolf's Lodge - Kelowna,

Kelowna is located in south central B.C. in the Thompson Okanagan region approximately 600km from Calgary and about 400km from Vancouver. For more information on the province have a look at:

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Overlander Ski Club (Stake Lake Ski trails) - 15 km of trails, groomed and track set, Kamloops, British Columbia Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club - Silver Star Provincial Park, Outside Vernon, British Columbia Trail Maps Events

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Accomodations

Polson Park - Motel, Vernon
Village Green - Hotel, Casino, Vernon
Vernon International Hostel

Vernon is located in the south central area of the province in the Thompson Okanagan region approximately 600km from Calgary and 400km from Vancouver. For more information have a look at:

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The trails connect to the Silver Star Ski Resort Trails.


Skmana Ski Club (Skmana Lake) - Chase, British Columbia Conditions

Skmana uses the Skmana Lake trails which are located about 14km outside chase.


Bulkey Valley Cross Country Ski Club - 45km groomed, night skiing, day lodge, backcountry cabins. Smithers, British Columbia Trail Map Conditions Events

Nicola Nordic Ski Club - Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain biking, Merritt, British Columbia Nicola - Trail Map

Accommodations
Quilchena Hotel/Resort
Mount Robson Lodge

The trails are located in the Kane Valley along the Coquihalla Highway network about 20 minutes drive south of Merritt.

Whistler Nordic Ski Club - 30 km groomed, night skiing, warming hut, (604) 932-3418, Whistler, British Columbia

100 Mile Nordic Ski Society - 100 Mile House, British Columbia


Nordic Wrecks - Coquitlam, British Columbia

Revelstoke Nordic - Revelstoke, British Columbia


Strathcona Nordic Ski Club - Campbell River, British Columbia

UBC Nordic Ski Club - Vancouver, British Columbia


Vancouver Skiers - Vancouver, British Columbia

 

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New Brunswick

  • Snowbears Ski Club - 20 km groomed, classical and skating, Bathurst, New Brunswick
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Bathhurst

Snowbears Ski Club is located in the Bathhurst area in the northeastern region of the province a short distance from the New Brunswick - Quebec Border

 

  • Husky Ski Club - St Quentin, New Brunswick

 

Northwest Territories

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Ontario

City of Waterloo
City of Kitchener

  • Nakkertok Ski Club - 75 km of skating, classical and backcountry trails, Gatineaus, Ottawa, Ontario
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  • Carleton University Outdoor Club - Rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, summer and winter camping, canoeing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing / Ottawa, Ontario Canada
  • Marathon Cross Country Ski Club - Marathon, Ontario
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  • Red Lake District Cross Country Ski Club - McKenzie Island, Red Lake, Ontario
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  • Dryden Ski Club - Dryden, Ontario
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    Dryden Ski Club is located about 15km north of Dryden. From the 17 follow the 601 north then just follow the signs. Location Map

  • Big Thunder Nordic (Kamview Nordic Center) - 5.5km of trial, Night Skiing, Thunderbay, Ontario

 

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Saskatchewan


 

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Locales - Trails, Centers, Parks

Out-There is a clearing house for information not a source. Make a point of contacting the staff or authorities for the areas and trails we list before setting out. Access rights change and conditions change even faster - don't be disappointed, send them an e-mail or make a quick call first.

Albion Hills - 26km, Groomed, Beginner-Expert. North of Bolton about 8km on highway 50 - Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Located just to the northeast of Metro Toronto. Toronto Region, Ontario

Algonquin Provincial Park - There are several groomed trails adding up to over 80km along the main corridor which is well maintained in winter.

    The Minnising Trail - Beginner, Intermediate
    Off of Hwy 60 in the main corridor in the southern sector of the park. The trail consists of four overlapping loops with distances of 4.7km, 10.1km, 17.1km and 23.4.km. The longest loop will take you north of Canisbay Lake, around Linda Lake and back around the west side of Polly Lake. While some of the trail is made up of flats and rolling hills, the longest loop is ardous unless your in great shape. Along this outer loop here are a number of extended climbs that sap you as the kilometres pile up. This is a wilderness park be prepared, carry appropriate clothing, food, water and tools and never ski alone.

    Fen Lake - Beginner - Expert
    Just off of the main corridor, Hwy 60, very near the west gate. The trails are a varied mix taking you past Heron Lake to Fen Lake and following Gateway Creek back to the beginning of the loops system. The overlapping loops are 1.25km, 5.2km, 11.4km and 13km in distance.

    Leaf Lake
    Just inside the east gate this is an extensive trail system with lots of variations. As varied as the trail system the scenery is spectacular shrub, to forest, from lake front to mountain. There are over a dozen possible loops with distances from a few kilometers to over 50km.

Arrowhead Provincial Park - 27km, beginner-expert, tubing hill, skating, pro shop, lessons, waxing room. The park has a set of interconnected loops, with varying degrees of difficulty, winding through a forested area. Take the 400 to the 11 just passed Barrie and continue on 5km passed the town of Huntsville to the park. Huntsville, Muskoka

Awenda Provincial Park - 27km, beginner-intermediate, interconnected loops, heated shelter. The park has four trails open to skiers in the winter, the Brule (easy), the Wendat, Beach and the Bluff Trail. Midland, Central Ontario North

Banff National Park - Park Location Map - You'll find 150 km of groomed trails in Banff. Well maintained trails that take you to spectacular winter views of the park. A couple of the cross country ski trails are:

Cascade Fire Road - Is an easy trail that takes you 12.8 km along the first part of the Cascade Fire Road.

Pipestone loop - Is an easy / intermediate trail that loops for 12.7 km. This trail is not far from Lake Louise.

There is a complete trail network surrounding the Chateau Lake Louise which has a wide range of trails. Backcountry skiers might consider skiing into the famous Skoki Lodge (reservations are required well in advance and you must pack in your own requirements). an 11km trail which requires proper equipment (including skins) and skills. Avoid avalanche areas and check conditions before you set out. Inquire with the park about skill levels and equipment requirements for all trails. Backcountry and cross country rentals are available in the park. While the park is easily accessible and gets a lot of visitors don't be fooled this is very much a wilderness area. Follow the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) west from Calgary which will take you directly into the park. Canadian Avalanche Association Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Alberta

Blueberry Plains Trails - See the cross country listing for Wasaga Beach

Bondi Village Resort Trails - 20km, beginner-expert. The Cross country trails at the resort meander through a variety of rolling terrain. The is a fee charged for trail usage. From Hwy 60 follow the Hwy 35 east of Dwight to Muskoka Road 21 and the resort. Dwight/Lake of Bays area, Muskoka

Bracebridge Resource Management Centre - 8-10km, easy, loops. There are several trails to choose from, with some following beside the Muskoka River, through the forests or along marshes and open areas. Access is from east side of Hwy. 11 approximately 2.5km to the north of the High Falls Bridge. Bracebridge Muskoka

Bruce Trail - Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Backpacking. Maps of the Bruce Trail

Canmore Nordic Center - 70km of groomed trails for skating and classic skiing. While the centre has hosted the Olympic nordic skiing events but the trail system supports all levels of skiers. The centre has full rentals and an exceptional ski school. From Calgary head west on Highway 1 towards Banff, Canmore is just outside the park. Canmore, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Coaticook Gorge - The park has cross country skiing, snowshoeing as well as lift served tubing area for the kids - big and small. Getting to the park: From Montreal take Highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 121, follow the 55 south to exit 21 where you'll pick up the 141 heading east. When you reach Coaticook watch for the signs for the park. Coaticook, Eastern Townships, Quebec

Dagmar - 23km, Groomed, Beginner-Expert. Located north of Ajax above the 401 South Central Ontario

Elora Gorge - 12km, Groomed, Beginner-Expert. From Guelph take highway 6 north to Elora Road 8 then head west into the conservation area. Southeastern Ontario, Ontario

Frontenac Provincial Park - The parks 160km of hiking and portaging trails are open to skiers and snowshoers. The park allows winter camping at the campsite clusters, a permit is required. Frontenac is located just a short distance from Kingston and is just about half way between Montreal and Toronto. From the 401 (either Montreal or Toronto) take highway 9 north to Sydenham, then take Country Road 19 north and turn off at Big Salmon Road. Kingston area, Eastern Ontario

Fundy Trail Parkway - New Brunswick / Hiking, Backpacking, Cross Country Skiing, Snoeshoeing, Mountain Biking, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing

Ganeraska Forest - 32km, Groomed, Beginner-Expert. Durham Region, From Toronot follow the 401 passed Oshawa and take the 115 north outside Bowmanville until you reach road 9 then head east. Watch for the sign for the forest. Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority. Located just to the southwest of Peterborough. South Central Ontario

Gaspesie Park (Chic-Chocs) - Without a doubt one of eastern North America's finest winter outdoor destinations. The park is located in a vast wilderness in a "sea of mountains" but boasts fine dining and superb accommodations, in the form of the Gîte du Mont-Albert. Exceptional backcountry and telemark skiing, cross country skiing and snow shoeing are available in winter in a superb natural setting reminiscent of western Canada's mountain ranges. The snowshoeing network is extensive with nine trails awaiting you, the longest of which is 16km in length. Full equipment rentals are available. While access to the park is usually good it is a long way from the nearest urban centre - but if you're an enthusiast or a nature lover it's well worth the trip. The park is located in the centre of the Gaspesie Peninsula. From Quebec City follow the 20 east along the south shore, passed Riviere du Loupe where it turns into the 132. At Ste. Anne des Monts head south along the 299 into the park. From the south pick up the 132 just north of Bathhurst N.B. and head east to pick up the 299 north just before you reach New Richmond. Mont Ste. Anne de Mont area, Gaspesie, Quebec. Note: The park is located in a true wilderness, there is a very real avalanche danger within particular areas of the the park. Consult with the park's staff on your route and conditions.

Gatineau Park (Ottawa-Hull) - Over 200km of cross country and skating trails with rentals available if you don't have your own equipment. The park uses state of the art grooming systems. If you have the equipment ans skills there is winter camping at Phillipe Lake as well as several overnight cabins and yurts you can take advantage of. The park is located just across the river from the city of Ottawa along Highway 5. Chelsey, Gatineau (Ottawa), Quebec

Gravenhurst Nordic (KOA) - 17km, beginner-expert, groomed, rentals, waxing room, warm up hut. Located between Gravenhurst and Bracebridge on Reay Road East off the Gravenhurst Parkway. Gravenhurst, Muskoka

Haliburton Highlands Trails and Tours Network 100km, Groomed, Beginner-Expert. - 2.5hrs from Toronto, Haliburton, South Central Ontario

Hardwood Hills - 36km, beginner-expert, groomed trails, rentals, dining, classical & skating, school, accommodations. One of Ontario's best, the area provides a variety of terrain with excellently laid out trails through mixed forest. From the 401 take the 400 north, take exit 111 east on Doran Road. Watch for Edgar which will take you into the center. Barrie areas, Simcoe County, Central Ontario North

Highland Nordic Centre (Duntroon) - 17km of groomed trails, rentals, waxing area, cafeteria. One of Ontario's best known XC centers. Take exit 98 from the 400 north of Barrie and follow the 26 towards Wasaga Beach/Blue Mountain. Pick up the 91 at Sunnidale Corners and continue to Duntroon. The center is about a kilometre southwest of Duntroon on the 10th line.Duntroon, Central Ontario North

Hilton Falls Conservation Area - 16km. From Toronto follow the Q.E.W. and take the Guelph Line north (North of Burlington) passed Campbellville to Campbellville Road and head east to the CA. Southwestern Ontario, Ontario

Horseshoe Resort - 35km Groomed, Beginner-Expert. 1-1.5hrs north of Toronto. From the 401 take highway 400 north passed Barrie to exit 117. Turn right on Horseshoe Valley Road.

Ile de Boucherville - In the winter time part of the summer trail system is open to cross country skiers and snowshoers. Take note, the ski trails are not groomed, so you may have to break trail yourself. The park also has 5km of trails available for winter hikers. Snow shoes can be rented at the park. If you're driving from Montreal take the 40 (or Sherbrooke) east to the 25 then head south to the tunnel. When you see daylight again take the very first exit, which will bring you into the park, Monteregie (Montreal), Quebec

Inglis Falls Conservation Area - 7km, intermediate, not groomed. Located off Inglis Falls Road south of Owen Sound in Grey County. Owen Sound, Grey Sauble, Grey County

Jacques Cartier Park - A spectacular natural area just a stones through from Quebec City. The park has excellent outdoor opportunities in the winter including backcountry skiing (the trails are not groomed for cross country but the popular ones do get tracked by the ski traffic on the weekends). You'll find over 100km of trails which will bring you through snow draped forests and provide you with spectacular viewpoints in the park. Most of the trails are loops allowing you to work your way back to your starting point. Prospectors huts are available for overnight stays (book well in advance). Backcountry skis, boots and bindings are recommended. The park's main entrance to the Secteur de la Vallee is located about 40 km north of Quebec City on highway 175. From Montreal take the 40 west to Quebec where you'll head north on the 175

Jasper National Park - Location Map There hundreds of kilometres of backcountry and cross country skiing in the park. The Maligne Lake area is one of the most beautiful areas to spend a day kicking through the snow. The trails here offer a range of difficulty and terrain. For those new to the sport your best bet might be the trail system around Jasper Park Lodge. Expert skiers might want to head into the Opel Hills areas where you'll find spectacular scenry and challenging terrains. For a ski trail brochure or a current report on cross-country ski trails, drop by the park's visitor centre or check with the warden office Avoid avalanche areas and check conditions before you set out. Inquire with the park about skill levels and equipment requirements. Rentals are available. While the park is easily accessible and gets a lot of visitors don't be fooled this is very much a wilderness area. Jasper Adventure Centre also provides guided tours in the park.From Edmonton follow highway 16 west which will take you right into the town of Jasper. From Calgary follow highway 1 west to Lake Louise than continue north on the 93 to the town of Jasper. Snowshoe and Nordic Ski Rentals are available from Jasper Adventure Centre. Friends of Jasper Canadian Avalanche Association Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies, Alberta .

Kane Valley Ski Trails - Merritt, British Columbia

Killarney Provincial Park - The park is open for cross country skiing in the winter and you can snowshoe just about anywhere but there are currently no designated trails. This is one of eastern Canada's most spectacular parks. From Toronto take Hwy. 69 heading towards Sudbury, about 40km south of Sudbury, turn onto Hwy. 637 which heads west into Killarney. The distance from Sudbury is about 100 km while from Perry Sound it is about 250 km. Sudbury area, Northeastern Ontario

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Kolapore Uplands - 60 kms, Intermediate, Expert. The area has 16 trails over a wide variety of terrain. There are a lot of difficult climbs and of course subsequent down hills. Note: This is a very large tract of forested land and you can get lost in the area be prepared (clothing, food, water and tools) and make sure you're back at the parking lot well before dusk. Don't ever ski alone. The map is available at the Ravenna General Store 6km north of the parking lot. Buy it! From Highway 10 take the 4 east to Grey County Road 2 where you head north. Drive for about 15km and watch for the The trail entrance on your right.

Lafontaine XC Skiing - 20km, Beginner-Expert, 35km classic, 7km skating. The trail network has a variety of terrain along with two nice viewpoints which overlook the area. 1.5-2hrs from Toronto. From the 401 take highway 400 north to exit 98 at Barrie, follow highway 27 north to Elmvale, head east on Simcoe Rd 6 then head north on Lafontaine Road Penetanguishene, Simcoe County

Leslie M Frost Natural Resources Centre - 22km Groomed Cross Country Ski Trails While the government has closed the centre the Friends of the Frost are ensuring the trails are open - lend a hand or perhaps provide a donation and ensure that the trails stay open indefinately, this is a valuable resouce! From the 401 take the 400 north to pick up the 11 north of Bariie. Follow the 11 to the 60 passed Huntsville a short ways, where you'll take the 35 south of Dorset about 11km Minden, Ontario

MacGregor Point Provincial Park - The park is open in the winter for snowshoeing (no designated trails) and cross country skiing.

    Old Shore Road Trail

    6km, linear, easy. This is the parks multi-use access trail stretching the length of the waterfront. The trail provides connections to most of the parks features and shoreline areas.

    Nippissing Bluffs

    Loops, easy-moderate. The trial consists of two connected loops of 1.6km (the easier of the two) and 3.0km. You'll pass through areas of hardwood as well as wetlands.

You can make an easy weekend of it by renting one of the parks fascinating yurts (book well in advance the yurts are very popular). Port Elgin, North Central Ontario

Manning Provincial Park - The park has over 30km of groomed trails for skiers and full rentals available at the nordic center. There area also an extesive network of backcountry trails for those with the skills and equipment.There are a number of designated trails in the park for snowshoeing and rentals are available if you don't have your own equipment. Winter camping is possible but if you don't have the gear (or the kahounas) you can stay at the parks down hill resort. Manning is located in the southwestern region of British Columbia about 3hrs from the city of Vancouver. From Vancouver take highway 1 to Hope then follow highway 3 into the park, Hope, British Columbia

Mansfield Outdoor Center - 40km, Groomed, Beginner-Expert, classical& skating. There are machine groomed and track set trails that wind their way through hundreds of acres of beautiful forest providing many picturesque views of the Mulmur Hills. With a 40 km trail network you have a choice of 8 different trails graded from novice to expert. This includes a 10 km dedicated skating loop. From the 401 take highway 400 north and exit at highway 89 west. Follow the 89 to Dufferin Road 18 then head north to the center. Mansfield, Simcoe County, Central Ontario North

Mont Grande Fonds - Country Skiing 160km, 4 heated huts, Malbaie, Charlevoix, Quebec

Mont Megantic - Although a bit of a drive, the park has perhaps the best snowshoeing in the surrounding regions of Montreal, particularly if you are an intermediate or expert in the sport. There are several designate trails and you can even climb to the top of one of the parks significant peaks (you better be in shape for this). In addition you'll find nearly 40km of groomed cross country ski trails as well as 10km of backcountry trials to explore. The scenery is excellent with the the trees usually heavily laden by the areas phenomenal snow fall. The park huts can be reached along the trail system and if you reserve, your group can book one for an overnight stay, but book early they are popular. From Montreal take highway 10 (the eastern townships autoroute) passed Sherbrooke where it turns into the 112. Just before East Angus turn onto the 253 going south. Follow the 253 until you reach the junction of the 212 and head east. Stay on the 212 to Notre Dame des Bois then follow the signs to the the park.Out-There's feature article - Hut-to-Hut at Mont Megantic Eastern Townships, Quebec

Mont Orford Park - This is a park that has just about everything in the winter, cross country skiing, winter hiking, snowboarding (with a 2000ft vertical) and snowshoeing. The park has 13 groomed trails for a total of nearly 50km for cross country skiers. The trail system is suitable for all levels of skiers. There are a number of trails for snowshoers with the real challenge in the form of the Mont Chauve trail, which takes you to the summit and back, a distance of 16km. From Montreal take highway 10 (the Eastern Townships Autoroute) to exit 118 (Magog-Orford) follow the 141 north into the park. Magog, Eastern Townships, Quebec

Mont-Tremblant Cross-Country Center - The Domaine St-Bernard is well known for its cross country skiing now has facilities for snowshoeing as well. The cross country trails encompass a network of 65km of varying difficulty. Located between the resort at Tremblant, Grey Rocks and St. Jovite it makes for an ideal days outing for families and enthusiasts visiting the area. Mont Tremblant, Laurentians, Quebec

Mont Tremblant Provincial Park

The park is particulary picturesque in the winter and well worth a visit particulary if you've never seen it with its heavy blanket of snow. There area over 86km of patrolled and groomed trails as well as the Long Randonee Trail which has backcountry huts for overnight skiers. Both the Pimbina section, above Saint-Donat (Lanaudiere Region) and La Daible (Monroe - Laurentians) section northeast of Ste. Joviet have groomed trails and facilities. There are a number of different routes to accomodate different fitness and skill levels. There are warming huts along several of the trails. The park has recently refurbished serveral cabins which can be rented, if your interested make sure you book early.

The Long Randonee, linear, 94km. This is a beautiful tour particulary when done with a group of friends. There is no better way to see the park in winter. There are four backcountry huts available which accomodate 16 to 20 people along the trail. The huts are spaced 10 to 20km apart and departures must be early enough to ensure you can reach the next hut before sundown. If you plan anything other than the loop in the Monroe area you'll need to arrange transportation. Ensure that your equipment and skills are up to the challenge and never ski alone. This area can experience temperatures of -40 and below. Temperatures can plummet quickly and unexpectedly, ensure that your equipment and skills are up to the challenge and never ski alone. Reservations are required and registration upon arrival is obligatory.

Mont Ste Anne - Over 200km of trails, this is one of the finest cross country ski areas in the east. There are a full range of difficulties ranging from easy rollers to extended challenging climbs and rapid descents. A waxing hut, full rentals and a number of warming huts are found at the centre. The trail network connects to the downhill ski resort but the cross country centre's entrance is further east. Ste Anne de Beaupre, Quebec

Montreal XC Skiing - Great Site - Cross-Country Skiing in and around Montreal has over 25 ski areas listed - Montreal, Quebec

Murphys Point - The park has 20km of groomed cross country ski trails but no designated snowshoe trails. Snowshoers can however break their own trail almost anywhere in the park. From Toronto take the 401 east to Gananoque, then head north on the 32 and pick up the 15 to Crosby. At Crosby take the 14 north, then head east on the 21 and watch for the signs for the park. From Ottawa take the 417 west and pick up the 7 west of Kanata. Stay on the 7 all the way to Perth, then take the 1 south, where you'll pick up the 21 heading west. Watch for the signs for the park

North Bay Nordic Ski Club - Trail Information and Trail Descriptions, Trail Map / North Bay, Ontario

Nordic Skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Nakkertok Ski Club Trails - 75km of trails, Outaqouis, Quebec

Oka Park - Oka has over 50 km of cross-country skiing, both track set and skating. The trails include the Colline du Calvaire (part of which is the mountain biking trail in the summer) which is made up of some really steep climbs, along with excellent down hills; better left to the experts . Intermediate skiers are well served by the Colline de l'Est which takes advantage of the nature trails above the Grande Baie. For the novices, or those that just want to have a relaxing days ski, kick you way through the rolling trails above the beautiful beach. The trails wind their way throughout the beautiful oak forests and have endless side trails to explore. The park has recently opened a lighted trail to allow for extending your day into the twilight.You'll also fiind three easy snow shoeing trails which will take you through the parks beautiful oak forests. You can rent cross country skis as well as snow shoes in the park.The park is 55 km northwest of Montreal. Take highway 13 or 15 (the Laurentian Autoroute) north to the 640. Then head west towards St Eustache. The 640 takes you right into the park.

Scenic Caves (Blue Mountain) - Cross country skiing and snowshoeing

Les Sentiers Du Moulin - Snowshoeing 10km of marked paths, Cross Country Skiing 140km of trails, Mountain Biking 40km, You'll also find rustic huts, campsites, prospectors tents all only minutes from Quebec City

Silver Star - The world renown cross country ski center with 60km of groomed trials suitable for beginners and experts. If you're lucky you might catch a glimpse one of the olympic athletes who use the centre for trainin in the winter. Vernon, British Columbia

Ski-Tuonela Cross Country Telemark - The "Tuonela Trail", founded in 1997, boasts the Maritime's only serviced Telemark hill. Located in the snow belt of Cape Breton, it was discovered in the late 80's by two avid backcountry skiers. Goose Cove, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Springwater Provincial Park - The park has three easy interconnected loops with distances of 2.4, 4.0 and 6.0km for a total of 12.4km of trials. The trails work their way through wetlands and forest including the remnants from a nursery which once occupied the area. Simcoe County, Central Ontario North

Stoney Island Conservation Area - 8km, Beginner-Expert, Skating & Classical. The trails are in a sheltered area of mixed forest are groomed on a regular basis in the winter. Saugeen Conservation Authority, Grey County

Trans Canada Trail - An association dedicated to the completion of a cross Canada, multi-use trail. The trail would allow for cross country skiing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horse back riding along with other activities.

Sauble Beach - The area has a number of interconnected loops which travel beside the Rankin River. From Owen Sound follow the 6 to the 8 then head north on the 13 to the ski area. (519) 422-1405, Bruce County

Voyageur Provincial Park - The park is open to snowshoers and cross country skiers in the winter. The cross country ski trails are groomed but their is no dedicated snowshoe trails so you have to make your own. The park is located about 1 hour from Montreal on the road to Ottawa. From the Metropolitan in Montreal follow the 40 west. In Vaudreuil-Dorion take the split to Ottawa. Once you enter Ontario you take the first exit (exit no. 5) then head east towards the Ottawa River. Chute a Blondeau, Ontario

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park -30km, Groomed Loops, Beginner-Expert, Rentals. Loops, Rentals, Warming Hut and Shelters. The trail system works it's way through the dunes area of the park, across the river south of the famous beach. Used for cross country skiing in the winter the trails are a series of loops of varying difficulties. The Monument Hill (4.5km) and the High Dunes Trail (5.8km) are the most strenuous. The High Dunes provides a nice lookout from one of the dunes. For something easy the Blueberry Plains Trail (4.0km) is a good bet. The area's habitat is unique and very fragile, so keep to the trail at all times. Watch for white tailed deer. snowshoe hares and wild turkeys. Access to the trailhead is off of River Road West at Glenwood Drive you head south along Blueberry Trail Access Road. There is parking and a heated shelter in the winter for skiers. About 140km from Toronto. From the 401 take the 400 north to Barrie then take the 26 north to the 27. At Elmvale take the 92 west to the park. Blueberry Plains Trails, Wasaga Beach, Simcoe County, Central Ontario North

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre - 20km Groomed Trails, Rentals. The trails work their way through hardwood forests and rolling hills overlooking the famous wetland. From the 400 north of Barrie take exit 121 and follow Hwy. 93 north through the passed Wyebridge to Hwy. 12. Follow the 12 east and watch for the sign.

Yoho National Park - The park has exceptional backcountry and cross country skiing.

Kicking Horse Trail Novice 13km return
The trail starts at the natural bridge just south of the turn off to Emerald Lake. You can use the Tally Ho trail to access it. The trail is groomed. The trail starts along the road to the Emerald River then on to the Amiskwi River Bridge where you can take the fireroad to the Otterhead River. This trail is groomed.

Emerald Lake Circuit 5.2km Loop Novice
A mixed trail with skating and track set . The areas that are not tracked set are used often enough that they will rarely be untracked.

Emerald Basin Loop 5.3km Loop Novice
A nicely treed loop that begins at the back of Emerald Lake. You can combine it with the Emerald Lake Circuit. The trail is groomed.

Monarch Trail 12km return Novice
The trail starts just across the road from the park office then follows the Kickhorse River east. Across the highway, the trail heads up to the Monarch Campground. Be aware that the trail crosses avalanche chutes on the north side of the highway. The trail is groomed.

The Emerald Lake area has snowshoeing and of course the rest of the park (except for restricted areas which include the ski trails) are open to you. Avoid avalanche areas and check conditions before you set out. Inquire with the park about skill levels and equipment requirements. Rentals are available. While the park is easily accessible and gets a lot of visitors don't be fooled this is very much a wilderness area. Follow the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) west from Calgary through Banff National Park. Stay on the 1 at the split with the 93 and continue through kicking horse pass and into the park. Location Map , Park Map Canadian Avalanche Association Canadian Rockies, British Columbia

Wilderness outdoor activities are by their very nature inherently dangerous. Ensure you have the skill levels and equipment for the challenges you choose. Never go alone and consider hiring a guide.

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Locations - Ski Resorts/Hills with XC

  • Brookvale - 24.5 km of nordic trails, Brookvale, Prince Edward Island
  • Crabbe Mountain - Central Hainesville, New Brunswick
  • Lake Louise - Lake Louise, Banff National Park, The Canadian Rockies, Alberta
  • Apex - 72km at the Nickel Plate Nordic Center 6 km from the resort. Penticton, British Columbia
  • Big White - 25km of trails, rentals, located outside Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Cypress Mountain - Hollyburn Mountain, West Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains, British Columbia
  • Grouse Mountain - North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains, British Columbia
  • Horseshoe Resort - 35km Groomed, Beginner-Expert. 1-1.5hrs north of Toronto. From the 401 take highway 400 north passed Barrie to exit 117. Turn right on Horseshoe Valley Road. Simcoe County
  • Fernie - Cross Country Trails, Fernie, British Columbia
  • Martock - Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • Mont Blanc - Nordic trails at the hill and also nearby at Domaine Saint-Bernard, Saint Faustin (Ste Jovite), Laurentians, Quebec
  • Mont Grande Fonds - 160km of trails, La Malbaie, Charlevoix, Quebec
  • Mont Orford - 40km of cross country ski trails are locate in the provincial park, Magog, Eastern Townships, Quebec
  • Mont St Bruno - 32km of groomed trails just south of Montreal St. Bruno (Montreal), Monteregie, Quebec
  • Mont Ste Anne - Over 200km of trails, this is one of the finest cross country ski areas in the east. Ste Anne de Beaupre, Quebec
  • Mont Tremblant - cross country trails at the base of the mountain which streach through Domaine St-Bernard, as well as Grey Rocks to the town of Mont Tremblant/St-Jovite. In addition you'll find more trails with backcountry cabins for overnight stays in the nearby Provincial Park, Mont Tremblant, Laurentians, Quebec
  • Panorama - Nordic Skiing - Trail Map - Invermere, British Columbia
  • Red Mountain - 55km of trails are located just across the highway from Red Mountain at the Black Jack Cross Country Ski Trails - Vernon, British Columbia
  • Silver Star - 105km of trails, Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • Sun Peaks - over 40 kilometers of trails, the resort is located outside Kamloops, British Columbia
  • Whistler-Blackcomb - over 28km of trials in the village area, Whistler, Vancouver Coast and Mountains, British Columbia

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  • ABC Cycles - 5584 Ave. Du Parc, Outremont, Montreal
  • Altitude Sports Plain Air - Outdoor Gear Retailer, Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
  • Andre Jac Sport - Outdoor Gear Retailer, 5520, boul des Laurentides, Laval
  • Andre Lalonde Sport - Outdoor Retailer, Multiple Locations, Montreal & Laval
  • Atmosphere - Outdoor Gear, Multiple Locations, Montreal
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  • Bicycle Eddy - 6431 Monk, NDG
  • Bicyclettes Tranquille - 9611 Lasalle Blvd, LaSalle, Montreal
  • Boutique Couririer - Endurance Sports, Outremont, Pointe-Claire, Westmount, Montreal
  • Boutique Lafuma - 2180 Crescent Street, Downtown, Montreal
  • Caroule - Retail, Bike & Inline Skate Rentals, 27 De la Commune Street E., Old Montreal
  • La Cordee - Outdoor Gear Retailer, Bicycles, Camping, Canoe, Kayak and Climbing Equipment Rental, 2159 St. Catherine St. E., Montreal, 2777 St. Martin Blvd. W., Laval
  • Cycle Pop - 1000 Rachel East, Montreal
  • Detour Nature - Kayak and Canoe Rentals (Groups), Paddling School, Guided Trips, Transportation, 154 rue Villeray Montréal
  • Doug Anakin Sports - Cross Country & Backcountry Ski Rentals - 454A Beaconsfield Blvd., 514-695-0785, Beaconsfield
  • Foot Locker - Athletic Footwear, Multiple Locations, Montreal
  • Fraser Sports - Traditional Sports, 39-a Donnegani, Pointe-Claire, West Island, Montreal
  • Inukshuk - Montreal Outdoor Retailer, Rents Kayaks, Snowshoes, Camping Equipment, Montreal
  • Joe Sports - Traditional Sports, Downtown, West Island, Montreal
  • Kanuk - 485 Rachel, E., Montreal
  • Maison de Sport - Traditional Sports, Downtown & West Island, Montreal
  • Maison des Cyclistes 1251 Rachel E., Montreal
  • Marseille Bicycle & Sports - 6915, Marseille St., Montreal
  • Martin-Swiss - 313 Victoria, Westmount, Montreal
  • McWhinnies Cycle - 6010 Sherbrooke West, NDG, Montreal
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op - 8989, l'Acadie, Marché Central, Montreal
  • Nordic Norway - Outdoor Gear Retailer, Kayak Rentals, 127 Ste-Anne St., Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Montreal
  • Oberson - Snowboards - Brossard and Montreal
  • La Porte a Bicyclette - 4308 Hotel-de-Ville, Montreal
  • Pro Sports - Traditional Sports, Downtown, West Island, Montreal
  • Quilicot Bicycles - 1749 St-Denis, Downtown, Montreal
  • Robert Cycle & Sports - 9031 Airlie street, LaSalle
  • Rousseau Sports - Traditional Sports, Multiple Locations, Montreal, Laval, South Shore
  • Sport G.S. - Sport G.S. - 1135 boul. Arthur Sauvé Blvd., Laval
  • Sports Experts - Outdoor Retailer, Several Locations, Montreal
  • St-Laurent Cycles - 1344 Du Collège, St. Laurent, Montreal
  • Vélo 2000- Longquile, St-Hubert, Monteregie
  • Velo Adventure - Retail, Bike Rentals, Conveyor Pier, Old Port, Montreal
  • Velo Montreal - Retail, Bike Rentals
  • Velo Trizone - 112, Boul. Curé Labelle, Laval
  • Yeti Sports - Outdoor Retailer, Rents Camping, Snowshoeing, and Backcountry Skiing Gear, 5190, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal (Also Trois Riviere and Shawnigan)

    Quebec - Montreal the Surrounding Regions

  • Aqua Plein Air - Outdoor Gear, Sainte Therese, Laurentians
  • Atmosphere - Outdoor Gear, St. Sauveur, Laurentians
  • Le Bivouac - Outdoor Gear, 210 rue Principale, Granby, Eastern Townships
  • La Cordee - Outdoor Gear, Rents almost all outdoor equipment, Laval
  • Cycles Dussault - Bicycles, Morin Heights, Laurentians
  • En Equilibre - Snowboards, Skateboards, Boul. de la Concorde E.
  • Hudson Village Cycle - Hudson
  • Intersport Jacque Champoux - Snowboards, 74 rue St-Vincent, Ste-Agathe-des-Monts
  • Oberson - Snowboards - Montreal and Brossard
  • Le Outlet Audvik - Outdoor Retailer, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Monteregie
  • Performance Board Shop - Snowboards, Saint-Sauveur, Laurentians
  • Phenix Sport - Canoe, Bicycle Rentals, P'tit Train du Nord & Riviere du Nord, Val David, Laurentians
  • Primeau Velo - Bicycles, Brossard
  • Rousseau Sports - Traditional Sports, Multiple Locations, Montreal, Laval, South Shore
  • Roy Folland Wooden Kayaks - Hudson, Monteregie
  • South Parc - 8100 Taschereau Blvd., Brossard, Monteregie
  • Sport Direct - Bicycles, Valleyfield
  • Sport Vélo Plein Air - Bicycles (819) 278-3655, Mont-Laurier, Laurentians
  • Le Suroit - Outdoor Retailer, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Monteregie
  • Velo Chambly - Bicycles, 1731 Bourgogne, Chambly, Monteregie

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