Wed. Jan. 16 6-8 pm: Fresh Air Evening – Drop in (1291 Wellington West) Wednesday evening to:
Learn about the latest and greatest new equipment
Get waxing tips
Find what to wear for your ski day
Get a discount on all purchases
Get answers about your equipment (bring it in) e.g.
Why don’t my skis perform?
How much camber should I have?
Do I have the right size?
We will have the store to ourselves with experts available to help in any way.
The following Women on Skis events are group skis. If a skier chooses to ski as an individual and not part of one of the WOS groups, WOS may not be able to provide any assistance to the skier. Any skier choosing to ski as an individual is requested to advise a WOS Leader and to identify to the Leader their ski buddy. Skiing alone is not recommended. If you are uncertain of which ski group is apppropriate for you , e.g. Jackrabbits, Tourers, or Birdwatchers, we suggest you talk to a Leader. Often joining a slower group can make for a more enjoyable ski.
Take Quebec Hwy 50 East, exit La Verendrye Blvd., left at lights, right on Gatineau Ave and straight for ~4km, continue on dirt road, through the gate and 1km to parking. Map link
Bring a lunch to heat over a wood stove.
Thursday Feb. 7: Gatineau Park P6 (Mackenzie King Estate)
Take Quebec Hwy 5 north, exit at Old Chelsea (exit 12). Turn left, go through the village and then take a left onto Kingsmere Road. Proceed uphill ~3km to Chemin Swamp on your left. Take it to the end, turn right and the entrance will be a short distance further on your left Map link
Following the ski, join us for Lunch at Les Fougères
Directions: Return to the village of Old Chelsea and turn left (north) on Scott Road. Follow northward to hwy 105. Turn right and Les Fougères is immediately on your right. Map link
Friday, Feb 22: Gatineau Park P16.
Take hwy 5 north to exit 21 Chemin de la Riviere to hwy 105 North. (Turn left at the lights) Proceed for 1 km and turn left on Chemin Pine Road. Follow it for a short distance and you will see P16 on your left. Map link
Bring a lunch to heat over a wood stove at Healey cabin.
Pot-Luck: bring finger food to share. (Please – finger food only. No cutlery will be available.)
Loonie Book Exchange: Have you a good book or two you’ve finished and would like to share. We will have a book exchange where you may choose a book(s) and contribute a loonie to Cornerstone for each book you select. Recent publications only please.
Ski options for other days
In Ottawa/Gatineau we are blessed with many options for cross country skiing. We encourage you to get out with family or your new friends from WOS between outings. If you only have an hour or don’t want to drive far there is likely something near you. See the many options on our trails page.
Would you like to get out more often but not sure where and would prefer to ski with a group?
Watch this spot for Meet and Ski plans. –
Friday, March 1 – P2 Gatineau Park – Meet at Relais plein air, 397 Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard, Gatineau
There are no parking fees but there are still the Gatineau Park trail fees. There is a wonderful cafe serving sandwiches and great coffee open in the building as well as indoor washrooms.
From hwy 5 take exit Blvd des Hautes Plaines west and turn left onto Cité-des-Jeunes and P2 will be 1.2 km on your right.
From the Champlain Bridge turn right onto blvd Alexandre-Tache, then left onto St. Raymond. Follow it 4.5 km to Cité-des-Jeunes. Turn left and P2 will be 2.5 km on your left.
Meet and Ski: This year we will be inviting you to bring a friend to ski with and meet with others on some of the local trails. Watch this page or our Facebook page on Tuesdays for invitations to join an impromptu group on the following Thursday or Friday. These ski trips will be on one of the local Ottawa ski areas noted on our trails page. A volunteer leader will choose an appointed meeting place.The trails chosen will be such that people will find their way easily so you will be able to go at your pace and find your own way back if the pace is not to your suiting. There will be no charge for these skis (apart from any trail fees or donations) and the leader will not be responsible for your safety but she will have knowledge of the ski conditions so will have chosen the time and place wisely.