Ottawa’s snowy winters and uOttawa’s proximity to ideal training grounds is hard to beat . . .
In the winter, uOttawa athletes can choose from at least six groomed trail networks.
The Gatineau Park offers over 200 of kilometers of groomed trails.
Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club has two venues. Nakkertok South is just a 15-minute drive from uOttawa, has terrific grooming, and a variety of terrain including racing trails, and one of the few snowmaking setups in Eastern Canada, making early season skiing possible. Nakkertok South is an ideal training venue for racers. Nakkertok hosts national-level competitions and race courses are homologated per FIS standards. Nakkertok South will be a popular destination for most of our weekday morning practices.
Nakkertok North, in Val des Monts, has fun backcountry trails for classic skiing.
Skiing in the the city is also possible . . .
Options to ski in Ottawa keep getting better!
The new SJAM Winter Trail is just a few kilometers from uOttawa. The trail connects the Canadian War Museum with park lands along the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway. You can access the trail by public transit, providing easy access for students.
Mooney’s Bay is another good option for city skiing, with 5 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate (freestyle) skiing techniques, indoor change rooms and washrooms, lit trails for night skiing, free use of indoor wax benches and accessibility by public transit.
Wesley Clover Parks, in the west end, has 18km of groomed skate and classic trails, with continual improvements each year (more info on these trails here). These trails are the main training base for the Kanata Nordic ski club.
We keep weekday morning workouts close to uOttawa, so athletes don't have to travel far and can make it to classes on time. uOttawa is just steps from the beautiful Rideau Canal, linking the university to the National Capital Commission's Capital Pathway Network - 300 kilometers of paths for running, cycling, or rollerkiing.
The Gatineau Park is another favourite venue for dryland training for weekends. The parkways offer 32.5 kilometres of scenic, winding, and hilly roads, and some of the best car-free rollerskiing in the world. uOttawa is just 8 km from the closest Gatineau Park access point. Athletes can also run, hike, or ski walk on 170km of the park's trails, and the long Penguin Hill climb is ideal for ski striding workouts. The park also offers almost 100km of mountain bike trails.