I’m a member of the West Carleton Nordic ski club which skis out of Fitzroy Provincial Park, about an hour west of Ottawa. They have groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing with about 15km in total. I usually go around 3pm on a Saturday and/or Sunday and ski for an hour and a half. I sometimes do the entire 15km. I started skiing about 7 years ago and fell in love with it immediately. It’s an amazing workout and I love the feeling afterwards, mostly the rosy glow on my cheeks that reminds me of my childhood.
Cross-country skiing is a great workout that allows you to be in the forest where it’s quiet. Sometimes I’m the only person on the trails which I love. The one thing about skiing is it helps you love winter; instead of hating it and complaining about it, I look forward to snow and I don’t mind a long winter. If you tend to get cabin fever, skiing is something you should try.
|The sign into the provincial park|
|Along one of the trails|
|The hill at the end of the trail, this is a killer|
|Along the campground trail|
|Sunny trail in one of the fields|