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Who Are We?

The Guelph Nordic Ski Club is a volunteer organization founded in 2003. Our not–for–profit ski club provides a beautiful venue for both skate and classic style skiing.

Unique to the Guelph Nordic Ski Club, our trails traverse the sacred lands of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Lands that, for nearly a century, have inspired prayer and spiritual transformation.

What do we offer?

The Guelph Nordic Ski Club has the finest ski trails in the area with over 8 kilometres of well groomed trails for classic and skate skiing.

Affordable fees make the club a popular choice for individuals and families looking to participate in a fun winter activity!

To view the Nordic Ski Club trail click here

For Whom?

For Cross Country enthusiasts who derive great enjoyment from an activity that takes place in the pristine silence of Canada's winter.

It's a healthy winter sport with no inherent boundaries for age, region, gender or conditioning level.

Cross country skiing is easy to learn and its health benefits are well documented.


Latest News

Last updated Saturday afternoon  30th  January 2016

The snow is disappearing with the warmer weather. The first couple hundred metres of the trail has a lot of bare spots. Once you get past that there is enough snow, but we don't know how long that will last with the forecast of warmer weather.The trails past the first couple hundred metres are rolled but not trackset. 

If you find there are no envelopes in the mail box, please pay next time you come. Thank you.

Dog Sled Races

There will be dog sled races on the Guelph Lake on the weekend of February 20 and 21 2016. For more information, go to Dog Sled Races, below.

Ski Equipment

The Ski For Life (www.skiforlife.netpeople have sold all the second hand equipment they had on hand. Other places to look are: Play It Again Sports, 218 Silvercreek Parkway in Guelph, who sometimes have second hand cross country ski equipment and often new equipment as well. Another source for equipment is Russ Mater who is local and will order and deliver equipment. He generally doesn't have a lot on hand, but does have specials now and again. Paramount, 30 Arrow Road, sells new cross country ski equipment and clothing. Speed River Cycle got out of the business a few years ago.

GNSC Flyers

We have put out some flyers in places round town where we think interested people would see them and pick them up. If you know of a likely place, please email us at guelph-nordic@hotmail.com. We are a well kept secret that spreads by word of mouth mainly but this is another low-cost way of getting the message out.

Trail Location

The Guelph Nordic Ski Club is hosted by the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph. The Centre, a 240 hectare property minutes from downtown Guelph, is located on Hwy #6 North, 1km north of the Woodlawn/Woolwich Street intersection. Watch for the main entrance on the left as you travel north on #6 labelled "Ignatius Jesuit Centre" and "Orchard Park."

Follow the driveway around to the right, and turn left at signs to the Farm Workshop and park in the parking lot. The trailhead is across the road - you will see the large sign. Do NOT drive up to St. Brigid's Villa to park, those spaces are reserved for groups renting that facility. If the Farm Workshop parking lot is full, either use the small lot on the left on the way to Loyola House or one of the Orchard Park lots.

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Affordable day use fees make the club a popular choice for individuals and families looking to participate in a fun winter activity.

These fees allows us to maintain the finest ski trails in the area with over 8 kilometres of well groomed trails for classic and skate skiing.

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Dog Sled Races

The Ontario Federation of Sled Dog Sports are hosting a dog sled race at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area over the weekend of Feb 20 and 21, 2016. There will be teams from Ontario, USA and Quebec competing in 1 and 2 dog skijoring and 4 and 6 dog sprint classes.
They anticipate an excellent turnout. They are teaming up with the Grand River Hospital Foundation in a Mush for Healthcare Contest. Mushers will run for their program of choice and donations go to the hospital’s foundation.
CTV will be doing a segment on the race on Feb 19 at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area on the Friday before the race. The anchor will attempt to run a dog team!
You, our members, may find the skijoring component of the race to be of interest. (Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog (or dogs) or a motor vehicle. It is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ski driving) They are hoping to have our Canadian International Skijoring competitor, Karen Kroehler, compete in this race. She has competed in Germany, Norway and Alaska and is preparing for the world championships taking place in Haliburton, Ontario in 2017. She races with her German Pointers in both the one and two dog skijoring classes.
They would love to see ski enthusiasts with an appreciation for these competitors come out and cheer on the teams! Their website is www.glsdr.ca

Old Style Skiers

Here is a great picture of the relatives one of our members having a break on a ski trail in Finland before the war.



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