Located in North America, the cross country skiing in Canada offers over thirty cross country ski routes from which to choose. The best Canada cross country skiing based on popularity are can be found in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Manitoba. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Canada cross country skiing region below.
Just east of Lake Louise, the Skoki Trail starts from the Fish Creek parking lot near Ski Lake Louise and climbs 15 km up to the Skoki Lodge. At the 4 km mark is the Ski Areas Temple Lodge and at the 9.5 km point is the Halfway Hut.
Located west of Calgary, the Canmore Nordic Center is the primary activity center for exploring the surrounding 1,600 square miles multi-use recreation area. In this alpine area, cross-country skiers can expect to find rolling hills, sculpted peaks, sparkling lakes and bubbling streams, along with moose and mountain goats. Canmore Nordic Center maintains 70 km of cross country skiing tracks with 12 km of snowmaking all above 4,500 feet.
North of Toronto and Barrie, the Hardwood Hills have become a mecca with 6 trails totalling 32 km groomed for both classical and skate skiing. The trails roll through hills of maple forests. The tracks are divided into three networks based on difficulty and there is a user fee.
Northeast of Sault Ste Marie, the Searchmont area contains over 250 miles of marked trails (50km groomed) including Hiawatha Highlands, Old Goulais Bay Road, and Old Christina Mine Trail. The terrain is steep, rugged and heavily forested.
Located northeast of Sault Ste. Marie near Goulais River, the Stokely Creek area has 25 trails totalling 135km of well-marked groomed trails over 12,000 acres of wooded pine/birch valleys and frozen lakes on the Algoma Highlands. Many loops can be constructed for a total of 380km of cross country skiing trails. The trails roll through hardwood forests near creeks and waterfalls.
Northeast of Toronto near Newcastle, the 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest covers the Oak Ridges Morraine and has one of the most extensive trails in southern Ontario. There are 6 trails totaling 35km of groomed cross country ski trails.
Northwest of Ottawa, Parc de la Gatineau has 40 cross country cross country ski trails totalling 185km groomed for classical and skate skiing (70km). The trails rolling through the Ottawa and Gatineau River valleys. Gatineau is the largest ski destination in Québec.
Northeast of Quebec City in St-Ferreol-les-neiges, the huge Parc du Mont-Sainte-Anne area has a groomed trail network totaling 208km. There are about 125km groomed skate skiing. Many consider this to be the best cross country ski center in Quebec.
Southwest of Banff and north east of Radium, the Nipika Touring Center on the shores of the Kootenay River has 50 km of groomed cross-country ski trails. The nordic trails are maintained for classical and skate skiing.
The Turtle Mountain Provincial Park has 30 km of groomed cross country ski trails. The backcountry trails include Rush Lake Trail, Bella Lake Trail, Gordon Lake Trail, James Lake Trail and Sharpe Lake Trail.