We're in the thick of winter now and you know what that means... cross-country skiing is back! The latest stay at home order deems that exercise is an essential reason to get out of the house. Cross-country skiing is perfect for this! It allows you to be outside and exercise while maintaining the safest practices.
There are some other great winter activities you can find here. Today we'll be highlighting the best spots to cross-country ski! We'll name some spots across the city so you can visit the one which is most convenient for you.
Prescott-Russell Trail Link
If you are looking for a relaxed cross-country ski spot, you could try the Prescott-Russell Trail Link. The trail has many access points from Navan, Orleans, Bradley Estates and runs all the way into Quebec. The trail is mostly flat but crosses some great Winter scenery. If you're in the east end of Ottawa this is a great spot!
You may see a few snowmobilers, but other than that it is a fairly quiet trail. Grab the skis and find your closest access point and enjoy a quiet trail.
Staying in the east end you could check out Mer Bleue Conservation Area Loop Trail. This trail is a little more difficult, with some climbs and descents. You can access the trail on Anderson Road. This loop offers a great opportunity for exercise and seeing some nature. Great location if you live in Blackburn Hamlet, Navan, Orleans, or Beacon Hill.
Ottawa River Pathway
Ottawa River Pathway, the eastern section goes from Convent Glen all the way to Rockliffe Park. This scenic route follows the river and provides some incredible scenery with access points all along the way.
Sir John A. Mcdonald Winter Trail
Sir John A. Mcdonald Winter Trail is 16 km winter trail along the Sir John A Macdonald river parkway that is free to use and welcome to all. This is a great trail for anyone from Westboro and Downtown Ottawa. Enjoy a well-groomed trail, just bring a mask for busy areas as it is a popular spot.
Kanata Nordic Ski
Kanata Nordic Ski is a great spot for true enthusiasts. This club offers memberships and day passes. Day passes are $10 for weekdays. Weekends are reserved for members. This trail lets you know the conditions before you head out which can make sure you aren't wasting your time heading to a bad spot.
Enjoy a safe, relaxing, and fun Winter, and we hope to see you soon!