Cross country skiing is a great winter activity for all ages and fitness levels – you can control your pace, stop to rest or enjoy the scenery whenever you like, and it is a full body workout! Not to mention, there are TONS of places to enjoy this winter sport in Halifax.
Cross country ski rentals are hard to come by in Halifax, but you can always check out the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) online outdoor gear swap, or Kijiji for discounted skis. Or you can buy a new pair and consult with an expert at any of the following stores:
7001 Mumford Road
Cleve’s Source for Sports
204 Chain Lake Drive
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
1550 Granville Street
(902) 421 2667
215 Chain Lake Drive Unit F
(902) 450 1014
The Trail Shop
6210 Quinpool Road
(902) 423 8736
Once you have your gear, all you need to do is pick a trail to ski on. Obviously the conditions will have a lot to do with the ease of your skiing so not every trail will provide you with a good run every time. Best to wait until a good amount of snow has fallen, check conditions before you go, or stick to trails that have less foot traffic.
In any case, here is a list of trails in the Halifax region that are great for cross country skiing:
- Chain of Lakes Trail
- Frog Pond Trail
- Halifax Urban Greenway
- Mainland North Linear Parkway
- McIntosh Run Community Trail
- Point Pleasant Park Trails
- Bedford/Sackville Connector Greenway
- First Lake Glen Slauenwhite Trail (Sackville)
- Atlantic View Trail (Cole Harbour)
- Cole Harbour Heritage Park
- Musquodoboit Trailway
- Dartmouth Harbourfront Walkway
- Shubie Park
- BLT Trail/Rails to Trails
Cross Country Nova Scotia also recommends the McDonald Sport Park in Waverley. CCNS is a great resource for anyone wanting to try out this fun winter sport, with information about trails, events, and groups you can join.
Most importantly, make sure you have fun! Don’t let the winter weather get you down – go outside and embrace it!
Martock Photo (photo number 2) taken by Scott Munn