Located 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa in Cantley, Quebec, Nakkertok South has a heated ski chalet with benches and tables, and places to store your gear. It’s a great place to change your boots, warm-up, and socialize to meet other master skiers or club members. The trails at South are groomed for skating and classic skiing with a state-of-the-art Pisten Bully groomer. Two loops are lit at night. The trails at South form more or less a grid, extending for about 4 km north into the bush and slightly higher country. These offer enjoyable skiing, and are suitable for beginners, with the exception of a few short stretches. Download updated 2018 trail maps here
Nakkertok also has a set of trails in Val-des-Monts, with access from Hwy 366, which offer classic skiers an opportunity to explore more rugged terrain. Nakkertok Val-des-Monts is also the point of departure for the annual Weber Loppet and the venue for Thea’s Race in the spring. It also features a main chalet where you can warm up and a rental cabin for overnight stays. The backcountry trails at Val-des-Monts are groomed by snowmobile track-setter for classic skiing only at present.
Val-des-Monts’ trails are generally more challenging than those of South, but there are some nice short loops. Many members have never discovered what Val-des-Monts has to offer. The snow lasts longer, the hills are beautiful, and there are certainly some thrills.
Connection between Nakkertok South and Val-des-Monts
Nakkertok South and Nakkertok Val-des-Monts are linked together through a 24 km North-South corridor. This corridor between Val-des-Monts and Nakkertok South is challenging, and goes through fairly isolated areas, so it is particularly important not to ski these stretches alone! Take emergency supplies — extra clothing, food, water and matches.
You can read a detailed description of the ski run from Val-des-Monts to Nakkertok South on this page.
We unfortunately cannot allow skiing with your favourite furry friend on our entire network as dogs will break up ski tracks. However, we do offer one trail, called the Pooch Loop, for those interested in skiing with their dog. Find out more about the Pooch Loop and its usage rules.
Proper Trail Code of Conduct and Etiquette
Please take a moment to read the following documents to familiarize yourself with proper conduct and etiquette on Nakkertok’s trail system: