Welcome to Kanata Nordic Ski Club
Kanata Nordic is based at the YM-YWCA Bonnenfant Outdoor Centre and the
neighbouring Riverfront Park at 1620 Sixth Line in rural Kanata. Our trails run
through acres of woodlands bordering the Ottawa River.
Click on the image for the trail map.
For more details click on the image for our brochure.
Kanata Nordic is on the move!
Dec. 30, 2014. As detailed in the General Meeting notice below, we’ve begun our transition to Wesley Clover Parks (a.k.a. The Parks), the beautiful property formerly known as the Ottawa Municipal Campground and Nepean Equestrian Park, on Corkstown Road.
This is a season of plenty for our members. We’re continuing to maintain and groom the great trail network at our usual home base at the Y while also putting in a lot of labour to prepare our Phase 1 trails at The Parks. As we do not yet have grooming equipment onsite at The Parks, grooming will happen in stages over the coming weeks. So please bear with us while we create and start to groom the best xc ski trails this side of the Ottawa River. Both trail systems were open for member use until the snow melted and will be again once the snow returns. Read more about the move in our news release.
NOTE that all trail users at The Parks will require a visible ski pass. Passes will be distributed to members during Saturday lessons in January and February, in the Vail building at the Y. For other arrangements contact Marlene Alt. Non-members will be asked to either buy a membership or purchase a day pass ($5) onsite each time they ski there.
CHECK OUR WESLEY CLOVER PARKS BLOG FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION
But we need your help…
Maintaining two locations this winter requires extraordinary resources from the club, both financial and voluntary.
Remember how you had to indicate a volunteer role when you registered? Now’s the time to step forward. If you can contribute an hour or an afternoon doing some outdoor labour or indoor support it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Mike Duivenvoorden or Marlene Alt to help out. On the other hand, we also need funding…
We’ve launched a crowd-funding (Indiegogo) campaign to help offset our extra expenses this season: a new snow machine and groomer, insurance, storage, and the like. We hope all our members will show their support for this exciting new development by making a donation. Any amount is welcome! The campaign only runs until February 12. Check out the enticing perks.
Questions or comments? Please contact Relocation Committee chair Marlene Alt.
Trails at the Y camp are now open.
Visit the Trail Conditions page for details. Enjoy!
General Meeting, Nov 30, 2014 at 4pm
Good evening on behalf of the Kanata Nordic Executive on November 20, 2014
We have plenty of exciting news!
As many of you know we have been in discussion with the Wesley Clover Foundation (WC) over the past year or so with regard to the possible relocation of Kanata Nordic to the property adjacent to Corkstown Road (campground and equestrian fields) which WC has recently taken over through a long term lease. Following our recent meeting with WC we are now in a position to provide an update as to our progress.
Our Ad Hoc Committee prepared a Business Case for this proposed relocation which was reviewed and received with great enthusiasm on the part of WC. Our Business Case proposes a three phase transition to relocate KN to these WC properties.
This would be the initial transition year which would happen this winter 2014 /15 and would see KN do some limited grooming at WC while still grooming our regular trails at the Y. As for programs some of the older kids (Racers and possibly some Track Attack) activities would happen at WC and we may have an opportunity to stage some special events depending on the extent of the trails and facilities. All of our other Saturday afternoon programs: Bunnies, Jack Rabbits, Dyna Rabbits, Teen Ski Fit and Racing Rabbits and Adult Learn to Ski programs will remain at the Y for this winter.
If all goes well we expect Phase Two to begin next year winter of 2015/16 and it could last two or three years depending very much on the expansion of trails, availability of facilities and the development of the WC Master Plan which will impact our development as well.
The key element at the outset of Phase Two would see a complete relocation of all our programs and activities to WC which will become the new home of KN as the resident Ski club on site. During this Phase we expect some expansion of the trail system and we would have access to one of the existing buildings for our Saturday programs. The grooming would probably be shared as we implement the the gradual transition of grooming responsibilities from KN to WC.
With the ongoing evolution of the WC Master Plan for the development of the entire area, we expect Phase Three will be a few years from now as WC confirms long term details such as the development of new trails in the forest areas, location of new buildings and related facilities etc etc and how those will fit with our development and expansion at the new site. One objective which we have emphasized in Phase Three is the need for WC to assume responsibility for the infrastructure which would include maintenance and grooming of trails, along with upkeep of facilities and equipment, the details of which will have to be worked out. Over the long term this will allow KN to focus on the provision of a full range of ski programs and special events such as racing.
In the best of all worlds over the long term we would hope to see facilities such as a play park for the younger skiers, a designated clubhouse facility during the ski season and even a stadium like facility to host major race events. This will require a long term agreement which will take the Executive considerable time to prepare and negotiate with WC and may well go through several iterations as the overall WC site is developed.
In the meantime for this coming winter season (Phase One) we have prepared a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with WC which our Executive has just approved at our meeting on Nov 17, 2014. As this effects the future direction of the Club we require the general membership to approve in principle the relocation of KN to WC, leaving the subsequent negotiation of the long term agreement in the hands of the Executive on behalf of the Membership.
To that end we will convene a general meeting of the membership on Sunday November 30, 2014 at 4 PM at the meeting room at Dymon Storage (at the Centrum across from Canadian Tire). Some of you may have already seen the notice of this meeting which has been posted on our web site since November 15th, 2014. At the meeting we will have members of the Ad Hoc Committee and the Executive to do a brief presentation and respond to any questions you may have. We will also be seeking separate approval of the purchase of new grooming equipment which is needed to carry out our grooming duties.
These are exciting times for Kanata Nordic! This relocation is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to grow and develop the Club and to expand our trails system and facilities into a first class destination ski area with the potential to become a world class ski venue over the long term.
As additional information becomes available I will provide further updates to the membership.
President, Kanata Nordic.
2014-2015 Ski Swap and Open house NOV 22
Kanata Nordic’s 2014 Ski Swap and Open House is fast approaching. Rain or Shine, it is scheduled for . The event will be held in the Vail Building , Bonnefant YMCA Outdoor Centre, 1620 Sixth Line Road.
Below is what we currently have planned for you, but check back frequently for any updates.
- Ski swap – sell your unwanted gear and pick up some great second-hand deals; more details are on the Ski Swappage
- Club clothing sale – great new tights and jerseys from Louis Garneau; more details are on the Clothing page
- Jackrabbit activities – fun and games for the 10 and under set, lead by our senior skiers, from . Please arrive at .
- Membership drive – we are always looking for new members to join the Club, so bring a friend; lots of knowledgeable Executive members on hand to answer questions
- Ski Waxing at a great price of $10.00 per pair of ski
- Fresh Air Experience and Kunstadt Sports will also be onsite
- Refreshments – hot soups, beverages and snacks to finish off the morning
- And we are working on a few other events. We will continue to update list of events as we finalize them; So check the website.
All are welcome, whether you’re already a member or want to learn more about the club and its programs. We look forward to seeing everyone so book this in your calendar now.
Questions or want to help with the event? Contact Lily Yip, Event Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
2014-2015 Program Registration is now OPEN
Find all the program information in the links in the left margin, or Programs at the Glance (revised.Sept 25) to see this year’s new prices and dates. Note that 10-13 years old skiers can now join the racing program (racing rabbits) or non-competitive program (track attack), or if new to XC skiing Dynarabbits. Otherwise Adult and Children’s program are pretty much the same as last year. On snow programs are run at 1620 Sixth Line Road, Dunrobin, the Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Centre.
If you have already checked and are ready to register go to ZONE4 NOW.
2014 AGM is on Tuesday March 25, 2014
The AGM will be held on March 25 at 7pm at the YMCA outdoor center. The meeting will be at the Veil building. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Agenda: March 25th, 2014 AGM Agenda
Minutes: April 15, Minutes for 2013 AGM
We’re on TV Sunday March 9, 2014
The sporting event of the season, no not the Olympics, the PRETZEL race, will be broadcast on Rogers Cable on Sunday. Set your VCR/PVR for Sunday March 9 at 2.00 PM, Rogers Cable 22.
Banquet is on Sunday March 30, 2014
This year the annual banquet is on March 30. The location is Kanata Legion Hall (branch 638) on Hines Road. Details on how to purchase ticket (paypal) and the dinner menu will follow. Stay tune for details.
JR fun day was held on Saturday Mar 1st
The Olympic theme fun day this year was well attended, thanks to everyone who helped to make this a really fun day for the JR.
Another successful Pretzel Race: Sunday Feb 23, 2014
Our annual sprint race was be held on Sunday Feb 23, 2014. Thanks for the supports from everyone to make this another successful Pretzel Race. Congratulate all the racers who participated. Final results will be posted later. Don’t forget to check out the broadcast of the race at the local community channel.
The race notice is here.
The race day schedule is here.
The start list is here.
To register following this link https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=6303 or search for kanata sprint race in zone4.
Welcome from the President
A welcome message from Richard Batty, view pdf
All 2013-2014 Bunnies, Jack Rabbits, Teens and Adults programs begins on Jan 4 … That is Sat. Jan 4, 2013 at 1:30pm at YMCA outdoor center on Sixth Line.
Cross training with the ORCC
Here is additional training opportunity offered by ORCC winter programs.
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New Trail Map for 2013-14 Season
Click on the image on the left for a larger view of our new trail map, updated as of November 2013.
Many thanks to Stefan Bergstrom of the Ottawa Orienteering Club for his help in creating this great new map.
The maps are posted trailside at major intersections and entry points.
Click on the brochure below to download a PDF version.