Mont-Sainte-Anne Cross-country Ski Center features 200 km of trails, including a 191 km network for skating stride, which makes it the largest cross-country ski center in North America! It is located only 7 km apart from the downhill area, where skiers have direct access to the cross-country network. It is nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Laurentian forest where skiers enjoy a great variety of tree species, including birch, maple, spruce and pine, alternating from one section to the other of the trail network. Many shelters are accessible by the trails, including our famous Chalet du Fondeur
Morin-Heights, who maintains a cross-country and snowshoe trail network of 130 linear kilometres, of which 65 km is track set, is a member of the Réseau de ski de fond des Laurentides.
Approximately 80% of the trails cross private property, and it is primarily due to landowner’s goodwill that such a magnificent network exists. The majority of these trails are for winter use only from December 1st to April 15th.
With the exception of the Corridor Aérobique and other short sections of trails, the network is single track set, with a recommended direction of travel to ensure safety. The narrow width of most trails combined with hilly terrain provides a unique attraction not found in many other centres. It is for these reasons that Morin-Heights remains a classic style network.
The Relais Plein Air du Parc de la Gatineau (The Relais) is your gateway for cross country skiing, snowshoeing or fatbiking in the Gatineau Park. Managed by the National Capital Commission (http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/gatineau-park), Gatineau Park has one of the largest networks of cross-country ski trails in North America with varying difficulty from easy to most difficult. It features over 200 kilometres of trails for classic cross-country skiing, which includes over 125 kilometres of trails shared with skate skiers, and 53 kilometres of back-country ski trails. Enjoy classic cross-country and skate skiing in a beautiful conservation area, located just minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau.
The primary trails are groomed at least four times a week and patrolled by professional and volunteer patrollers. The Relais has a waxing room with ski benches with individual outlet for those wishing to maximize their ski experience. A cozy Café with fireplace and sofa is open 7 days to top your ski experience with a good quality coffee and lunch at an affordable price. The Relais rents classic skis and is planning to have fatbikes for the 2019-2020 season and sells the daily passes to access the ski trails. Ski lessons and shuttles for linear long distances to the Relais can be arranged in advance.
There is an outdoor free parking lot with 172 spaces.
Gatineau Park has one of the largest networks of cross-country ski trails in North America. It offers over 200 kilometres of ski trails, winding through the Park’s forests and along frozen lakes and valleys. There are classic cross-country, skate and back-country ski trails, ranging in difficulty from easy to very difficult. The Park is a prime destination for outdoor activities that are respectful of the environment.
Gatineau Park is internationally recognized for the quality of its ski trail network. Grooming is done by experts using state-of-the-art grooming machines, and trails are patrolled daily by professional and volunteer patrollers. Cross-country ski conditions are updated twice daily during the ski season.