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.