Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing in Newfoundland & LabradorBy Newfoundland & Labrador
This is the kind of place that looks good in the vibrant greens and blues of summer, the explosive reds and yellows of fall and, of course, the pristine white canvas that is winter. And visiting during this time of year means you get access to some amazing trails for the experienced and novice alike. In fact, if you're new to winter sport, most places offer ski and/or snowshoe rentals and many ski clubs and organizations often set up group outings and events.
St. John's / Avalon
The Outfitters Adventure Gear & Apparel. Founded in 1998, The Outfitters supplies top-quality equipment and specialty clothing for all your outdoor adventures. In the winter months they arrange snowshoe hikes around St. John's and the Avalon. To keep updated on events, throw them a like on their Facebook page.
Bowring Park. Created in 1914 and carefully designed to accent the natural environment of the area, this park is just as gorgeous in the winter as it is in the summer. The Park operates a snowshoeing winter activity centre on Saturdays and Sundays with snowshoe rentals available.
Pippy Park. Located in the heart of St. John’s, Pippy Park offers excellent winter recreation for the novice and the experienced alike. Here you can enjoy Nordic or skate skiing, snowshoeing or tobogganing against the backdrop of ponds and snow pines. The Pippy Park Winter Activity Centre offers both ski and snowshoe rentals.
Clarenville Nordic Ski Club. These winter lovers offer some fantastic programming in snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and are responsible for and maintain all the trails that encircle the Whitehills resort consisting of nearly 40 km. of cross-country ski trails and 15 kms of snowshoe trails including the 3.5km lit trail for night skiing. The ski club also owns and operates the main chalet and four warmup huts along the trail system. Clarenville Nordic averages over 400 regular members each season who pay yearly fees. The trails are also open to the public who are non-members and day passes to ski on the trails or snowshoe are sold through the White Hills Resort, Clarenville.
Exploits Nordic Ski Club, Grand Falls-Windsor. A brand new chalet in the central region features tons of trails, some of which are lit until 9pm during the week and 10pm on the weekends. Equipment rentals are available and social skis are regularly organized.
The Airport Nordic Ski Club, Gander. This organization has access to 16 kilometres of trail. Five kilometres are lit nightly until 10pm and 5.5 kilometres are dedicated to snowshoeing. Their social skis feature toe-tapping music and scrumptious food.
Riverfront Chalets. Located on the Exploits River, this chalet offers guided tours for guest including four pairs of snowshoes and lots of snowy trails.
Indian Falls Chalets, Springdale. Here, a snowshoe package will see you trek the banks of the Indian River, learning about the local wildlife and the Indigenous history of the area. The experience includes a boil-up with tea and fire-roasted sandwiches.
Pasadena Ski & Nature Park. A west coast adventure awaits with your choice of six groomed trails, ranging from 1 to 5 kilometres with options for the novice and the experienced alike. A cozy chalet awaits you at the end of your journey.
Blow Me Down Cross Country Ski Club, Corner Brook. At this ski club you're treated to 42 kilometres of beautiful, groomed trails. The club regularly hosts events, the most popular of which being a group ski day with a winter boil-up.
Whaleback Nordic Ski Club, Stephenville. Here you can really plan your route with a wide selection of gorgeous criss-crossing trails ranging from novice to moderate. The club hosts regular events like night skis – some candlelit!
Gros Morne National Park. Some unique routes are available in these gorgeous surroundings. The Shallow Bay Trails, for example, follow the old mail route through the forests and snow-covered sand dunes. Guided snowshoeing and skiing tours are also available from Gros Morne Adventures and Wild Gros Morne.
Menihek Nordic Ski Club, Labrador City. This absolutely breathtaking club consists of 16 kilometres of recreational trail for classic and skating cross-country skiing, with six kilometres lit for a magical nighttime ski. The most popular trail is the Koch Trail, designed by 1982 World Cup Champion Bill Koch with multiple loops and challenging hills.
Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club, Happy Valley-Goose Bay. At this club you'll find excellent groomed trails and a large yet cozy lodge awaiting you. This club regularly hosts events like BBQs and winter concerts.
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