• Dacre Heights operated as a commercial ski hill for many years. There are very few hills within an hour of Ottawa with that magic combination of elevation, terrain, and aspect. With 180 meters of vertical drop and wonderful rolling slopes, it was larger than most local ski hills and a favorite with many skiers. At first it was called Candiac. Some years later it was sold and renamed to Dacre Heights. In 2001, the lodge burnt down, and the hill was sold to the owners of the neighbouring Calabogie Ski Hill, who dismantled the ski lifts. In 2017, abandoned, forlorn, and overgrown, it was sold again.

    The new owners are turning it into a free hiking, skiing, and biking destination. They encourage everyone to enjoy its 230 acres of park-like semi-wilderness. The property is roughly the shape of a diamond, with one corner touching Flat Road. The old ski runs are still relatively open, and clearly visible from the air. The view from the top is magnificent!

    What’s next?
    We plan to make Dacre Heights into a wonderful and free skiing, hiking, and biking destination. We have started to clear some cross country trails, and plan to put in some outhouses and perhaps a small cabin or two. Beyond the top of the hill there are many thousands of acres of crown land. Ultimately, we’d like to create a trail through the crown land that connects to the Madawaska Nordic ski trails, about 20km away.

  • Dacre Heights operated as a commercial ski hill for many years. There are very few hills within an hour of Ottawa with that magic combination of elevation, terrain, and aspect. With 180 meters of vertical drop and wonderful rolling slopes, it was larger than most local ski hills and a favorite with many skiers. At first it was called Candiac. Some years later it was sold and renamed to Dacre Heights. In 2001, the lodge burnt down, and the hill was sold to the owners of the neighbouring Calabogie Ski Hill, who dismantled the ski lifts. In 2017, abandoned, forlorn, and overgrown, it was sold again.

    The new owners are turning it into a free hiking, skiing, and biking destination. They encourage everyone to enjoy its 230 acres of park-like semi-wilderness. The property is roughly the shape of a diamond, with one corner touching Flat Road. The old ski runs are still relatively open, and clearly visible from the air. The view from the top is magnificent!

    What’s next?
    We plan to make Dacre Heights into a wonderful and free skiing, hiking, and biking destination. We have started to clear some cross country trails, and plan to put in some outhouses and perhaps a small cabin or two. Beyond the top of the hill there are many thousands of acres of crown land. Ultimately, we’d like to create a trail through the crown land that connects to the Madawaska Nordic ski trails, about 20km away.

  • Dacre Heights TrailsDacre Heights operated as a commercial ski hill for many years. There are very few hills within an hour of Ottawa with that magic combination of elevation, terrain, and aspect. With 180 meters of vertical drop and wonderful rolling slopes, it was larger than most local ski hills and a favorite with many skiers. At first it was called Candiac. Some years later it was sold and renamed to Dacre Heights. In 2001, the lodge burnt down, and the hill was sold to the owners of the neighbouring Calabogie Ski Hill, who dismantled the ski lifts. In 2017, abandoned, forlorn, and overgrown, it was sold again.

    The new owners are turning it into a free hiking, skiing, and biking destination. They encourage everyone to enjoy its 230 acres of park-like semi-wilderness. The property is roughly the shape of a diamond, with one corner touching Flat Road. The old ski runs are still relatively open, and clearly visible from the air. The view from the top is magnificent!

    What’s next?
    We plan to make Dacre Heights into a wonderful and free skiing, hiking, and biking destination. We have started to clear some cross country trails, and plan to put in some outhouses and perhaps a small cabin or two. Beyond the top of the hill there are many thousands of acres of crown land. Ultimately, we’d like to create a trail through the crown land that connects to the Madawaska Nordic ski trails, about 20km away.

  • Dacre HeightsDacre Heights operated as a commercial ski hill for many years. There are very few hills within an hour of Ottawa with that magic combination of elevation, terrain, and aspect. With 180 meters of vertical drop and wonderful rolling slopes, it was larger than most local ski hills and a favorite with many skiers. At first it was called Candiac. Some years later it was sold and renamed to Dacre Heights. In 2001, the lodge burnt down, and the hill was sold to the owners of the neighbouring Calabogie Ski Hill, who dismantled the ski lifts. In 2017, abandoned, forlorn, and overgrown, it was sold again.

    The new owners are turning it into a free hiking, skiing, and biking destination. They encourage everyone to enjoy its 230 acres of park-like semi-wilderness. The property is roughly the shape of a diamond, with one corner touching Flat Road. The old ski runs are still relatively open, and clearly visible from the air. The view from the top is magnificent!

    What’s next?
    We plan to make Dacre Heights into a wonderful and free skiing, hiking, and biking destination. We have started to clear some cross country trails, and plan to put in some outhouses and perhaps a small cabin or two. Beyond the top of the hill there are many thousands of acres of crown land. Ultimately, we’d like to create a trail through the crown land that connects to the Madawaska Nordic ski trails, about 20km away.