The first step of Kanata Nordic‘s multi-year dream project to make Wesley Clover Parks into a vibrant family cross-country ski centre for the Ottawa region is compelte, with $3500 raised in their Indigogo fundraising campaign and they’ve pronounced Wesley Clover Parks Winter Trails open!
This season, a.k.a Phase One, is a transitional one with the club maintaining its existing base at the Y Camp in Dunrobin while also improving the trail network at Wesley Clover Parks. Having two locations has meant KN has had to double up on several costly grooming resources, such as a Skidoo, a groomer to set the tracks, insurance coverage and storage. Remarkably, all labour continues to be free thanks to their tireless volunteers.
The result for this season is 15km of (mostly) groomed skate and classic trails are open to the public at the Wesley Clover Parks, just at Corkstown Road and Moody Drive. Why not check it out? The trail map is posted at the trailhead cabin, or you can download it here.
Dave McMahon posted this note from the NCC on their latest grooming efforts on Gatineau Park cross country ski trails:
Here’s what we have done over the last 24 hours and what we plan on doing for the next 24 hours. Yesterday, we compacted the parkways using the magic carpet pulled by snowmobiles and off road vehicles. We also compacted most of the other trails with snowmobiles. This morning in order to please the classic skiers that have not had the best conditions lately, we tried cutting ½ inch off the tracksetter blocks. With these modifications, we will be able to set tracks that are about 1 inch deep. This will enable us to re-set new tracks on the parkways without touching the pavement. We tested the modifications this morning on the North loop and the Fortune parkway and it seems to be working well. We will keep working on a few modifications on the prototype and should be able to offer new classic tracks on the parkways by tomorrow. We will also take this opportunity to re-pack the center section of the parkways with the magic carpets.