Do you prefer to ski within the city on our numerous community trails? Perhaps the Gatineau Hills are a bit too strenuous for you or you want to know more about the trails so you can get out more often with a friend. When the conditions are good and trails are freshly groomed, it is a shame not to get out and enjoy them.
At times like that some of our leaders might be keen to take a group on one of the community trails. These groups will meet at a designated parking lot and ski out and back for 1-2 hours. Because the trails are well travelled, are mostly level and you are well within the city limits, you may not have a leader with you at all times. No one should ski by herself but if you want to ski along in twos or threes at a different pace .... Your leader will be there to bring the group together at the start, indicate some route options, answer any questions about waxing or route options and then ski along with those who might need help.
We cannot promise any specific number of such outings and we welcome club members to volunteer to lead such groups. As long as we have a coordinator, we will put out the sign-up and information on when and where to meet. Don't be late. These groups will not be able to wait for late-comers.
Watch for these notices. They will be sent on a Monday or Tuesday for a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday ski.
If these are the trails you use, we do encourage you to donate to their upkeep.
On May 17, we gathered at MacKenzie King Estate grounds for a Trilliums and Tea event. We hiked on nearby trails to see the trilliums in bloom and the hikes were followed by a special tea hosted by the ski leaders and held outdoors on the picnic tables on the lawns around the estate. There was tea, of course, with beautiful china cups on exquisite tablecloths! Plates of home-made sweets adorned the tables!
This event had two purposes. The first was to raise additional funds for Ottawa Immigrant Services which is the charity we supported in 2022-23. They posted on their social media site -