Cross-country skiing near Killaloe, Wilno, Foymount, and Barry’s Bay.
A unique partnership between volunteer ski enthusiasts and the Township of Greater Madawaska. Working under the Township’s Recreation Department, Madawaska Nordic is staffed entirely by volunteers who are responsible for development, maintenance and grooming of cross-country ski trails within the Township.
Funding was provided by grants from the Province of Ontario’s Communities In Action (Active 2010) and the Trillium Foundation which has enabled the club to purchase state-of-the-art grooming and track-setting equipment along with a Skandic super wide track snowmobile.
The Township’s Madawaska Nordic Trail System is supported by a number of volunteers and local businesses.
Calabogie Peaks covers the Land Use Permit for the Crown Land on which our trail system is built. If you are like many of our members who both cross country and down hill ski, please visit www.calabogie.com to learn more about downhill skiing in the Township of Greater Madawaska. Calabogie Peaks also rents cross country skis.
The Madawaska Nordic ski trails are located behind the Peaks Village, across from Calabogie Peaks Resort, north of Renfrew County Road 508, during the winter season.
Trails are well marked and colour coded for level of difficulty: Green for Easy, Blue for Moderate and Red for Difficult. For the most part, the Madawaska Nordic trails are ‘Green’ (Easy) trails with some ‘Blue’ (Moderate) and “Red” (difficult) sections and are suitable for skiers of all levels.
These trails, which were at one time old logging roads, wind their way through a very picturesque forest landscape with lots of gentle ups and downs to keep the outing visually interesting and lots of fun.
From the trailhead, all skiers begin their outing on the Red Pine trail that takes them 1 km slowly uphill to where it intersects with the local snowmobile trail. At the Crossroads, skiers then have the choice of continuing on Red Pine or taking any of the other trails that branch off Red Pine – Chickadee, Footloose, Horse Collar and Hemlock. The Snow Bunting loop branches off Horse Collar.
Return distances to the trailhead are indicated below:
Red Pine – 6km
Snow Bunting – 6 km
Chickadee/Footloose – 5 km
Horsecollar/Chickadee – 3 km
Crossroads – 2 km
Hemlock – 4 km
Note: During the winter season the trails are for the use of cross-country skiing only. The trails are accessible for bicycling and hiking during the other seasons. of the year
TRAIL FEES / MEMBERSHIP:
DAILY USE: $2.00 PER DAY per user may be placed in a collection box at the East entrance. In addition donations are graciously received for improving the trail network.
SEASON PASS: Adults $20; Teen $10; Child $5 Seasons Passes can be purchased at The ToBill Giff, Scott Timlin, Lorne Watters, Hugh Baconwnship Municipal Offices in Calabogie or at Munfords Gas Station at the intersection of County Roads 508 & 511.
Equipment can be rented at The Peaks downhill ski area downstairs in the main lodge.
The Madawaska Nordic Trails are located west of Calabogie near the Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort. To find the trailhead, travel 7 km west from the intersection of Highways 508 and 511 in Calabogie to Viewmount Drive. Turn right on Viewmount and take the next right onto Crestview where you will find parking on Crestview at the trailhead.