Count Your Kilometres

19 Jan 2021

Todd Harris

Count your kilometres for prizes!

Cross-country Ski Ontario (XCSO) has challenged all Ontario clubs and club members to ski as many kilometers as they can this season.

They are offering prizes for the COVID Kilometre Challenge as follows:

  • Top 3 Male & Female Individuals with the most kilometres skied 1 Jan to 31 Mar 2021
  • Top 3 Clubs with the most kilometres skied per skier registered for the challenge
  • Top Club with greatest number of total accumulated kilometres
  • plus, some surprise additional prizes along the way

To participate (or to just see what everyone else is skiing), open the XCSO COVID Kilometre Challenge Google Sheet and add your name and kilometres to the Kawartha tab. You can add your kilometres every day, or just put them all in on 31 Mar 2021 before 8:31pm.

Additional details are available from XCSO.

Kawartha Nordic is seeking a Parking Lot Attendant to work Saturday and Sunday mornings 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, and an additional day on long weekends. This job requires strategic placement of vehicles to allow for social distancing of skiers while preparing to ski and unload their vehicles and also to create angled parking where required and appropriate distancing between vehicles, utilizing the space of our lot. Rate of pay is $16/hr

Please reply to

KN Scavenger Hunt

18 Jan 2021

Bruce Wurtele

Kawartha Nordic has special items to look for along some of the trails on site. This hunt is designed to help engage children (of all ages) in cross country skiing and add a fun feature to their experience. Each weekend beginning Saturday January 23rd we will provide a few items to look for over the weekend and throughout the following week. Leave the items where they are but add them to your list as you spot them. See how many you are able to locate over the season. Create your own list page or check back here for a printable sheet on Friday January 22nd.

Ontario State of Emergency

12 Jan 2021

Todd Harris

The Premier of Ontario has declared a State of Emergency for the Province, and as such ammended the previous Province-wide Shutdown orders including extending them until at least Thursday 11 February 2021.

We have confirmed with Peterborough Public Health, that as an outdoor amenity included in the allowed list Kawartha Nordic is permitted to remain open for personal exercise during the State of Emergency and that our COVID Safety Plan does not require revision. All programs and lessons will remain on hold until permitted by the Province.

KN staff and volunteers have been working hard to manage the safety of all visitors, and based on their experience over the last few weeks and feedback from members, they have identified a few key areas where we could do better at meeting Provincial directives:

  1. Avoid Crowds: A crowd is now 5, so please do not congregate. Junctions have especially led to accidental groups that we need to be diligent to avoid.

  2. Wear a Mask: A mask is required when not moving, and whenever people will be closer than 2m. As such, the deck of the Rental Shop should be considered a mandatory Mask Zone.

  3. Widely Space: When exercising without a mask please be sure to give others their 2m space.

Together, we can ensure a safe experience for everyone, and continue to enjoy Kawartha Nordic for personal exercise.

Please do not travel outside your Public Health Region to visit Kawartha Nordic.

Province-wide Shutdown

23 Dec 2020

Todd Harris

We are happy to report that Kawartha Nordic will be open during the upcoming Province-wide shutdown. As per the Government of Ontario Announcement, cross country ski trails are a permitted amenity but with restrictions. Throughout the fall, Kawartha Nordic has developed our COVID-19 Safety Plan and implemented protocols and plans to protect staff, volunteers, and users of our facilities. With the announcement of the provincial lockdown, the following adjustments will be necessary:

  • All programs and events are on hold until after the shutdown, including Youth Programs (Bunnyrabbits, Jackrabbits, Jack Attack, & Track Attack), Team Practices (U12/U14/U16/U18/U20/U23), Private & Group Lessons, Fat Biking Groups, all races, and all social events.
  • All buildings, cabins, trailers, and tents will be closed to visitors, except for our washroom building which will have a reduced capacity limit.

As a reminder of our COVID-19 Safety Plan, please review the following important protocols:

  • All visitors to Kawartha Nordic must complete the self-assessment screening questions available on our website before visiting the facility. Signage at the trailhead will remind you of this requirement. Currently, there is no need to submit this questionnaire to Kawartha Nordic. By visiting, you are attesting that you have passed the screening questions.
  • Trails will be open for skiing and snowshoeing (when conditions permit), but trail users are to stay 2m apart from anyone that does not live in their household.
  • The Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) Members will be able to use their treatment room in the Woodfine Chalet to provide services. Trail-side cabins will be available for emergency use only. CSP Members will be following heightened national treatment standards and protocols.
  • Visitors are not permitted to enter the Rental Shop. All service will be provided through the take-out window. Rental equipment will be available for curbside pickup by appointment only and will be sanitized after each use.
  • Day passes and season passes will be available for purchase online.
  • Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and, if they must come within 2m of anyone, will also wear face shields.
  • Staff and volunteers will be working to maintain our trails and facilities, to respond to online orders for passes and rental equipment, and to offer assistance when needed during our usual operating hours. However, we would ask that interaction with staff and volunteers be remote (e.g., by phone or email) whenever possible.
  • When waiting in place (e.g., for rentals, for the washroom, in the parking lot) or when indoors, everyone is to remain 2m apart from those not living in their household and must be wearing a mask (unless they have a specified exception). As a reminder, a ski buff is not a suitable face covering.
  • As advised in the provincial announcement, we ask that you take advantage of our trails for exercise alone or with members of your household, but that you not hold a gathering or event at KN, and that you not travel from outside our Public Health region to use the KN trails.

We hope to restart our programs once the shutdown ends and resume use of the chalet and cabins — pending government announcements. Please be considerate of these protocols so we can safely enjoy our favourite winter activity.

COVID-19 Screening

23 Dec 2020

Todd Harris

All visitors, staff, and volunteers must complete the following COVID-19 Screening Tool each day before coming to Kawartha Nordic.

  1. Do you have any of the following new or worsening symptoms or signs, unrelated to chronic or other known causes or conditions? Yes or No
    • Fever or Chills
    • Difficulty Breathing or shortness of breath
    • Cough
    • Sore throat, trouble swallowing
    • Runny nose/stuffy nose or nasal congestion
    • Decrease or loss of smell or taste
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
    • Not feeling well, extreme tiredness, sore muscles
  2. Have you travelled outside Canada in the past 14 days? Yes or No

  3. Have you had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19? Yes or No

If you answer yes to any of these 3 questions, please go home to self-isolate immediately and contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) for next steps.

If you answer no to all 3 questions, you are welcome to join us on-site at Kawartha Nordic, subject to our COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Source: The Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 Screening Tool

Ski Lessons

09 Dec 2020

Bruce Wurtele

14 Feb 2021 … 28 Feb 2021

Lessons will not be available during the provincial shutdown. Further updates will be posted as available. 

Classic and skate ski lessons will be offered on Sundays in January and February. Is it time to hone up your skills? Then join a group ski lesson this winter! Book your lesson online or contact us at (705) 931-5672 or for information on private lessons.

Reserve Online

Membership and program registration for the 2020-2021 ski season is now open.

Please visit the Rates page and click any of the 'Buy Now' links to proceed to the Zone4 registration page.