Nakkertok Nordic (South)

Trails Skied: Stadium, Glide Wax: Vauhti glide -2 to -20, Grip Wax: blue extra

Good classic conditions at Nakkertok South. The snow guns have been busy and continue to create new snow with this superb cold weather. Classic tracks are well formed with a firm compacted snow base. I stayed on the oval loop from just beyond the stadium to just below the power line. Tried the short loop up into the forest and back around via the powerline but found it a bit hairy for me especially with the hard right turn back down to the stadium. Blue extra worked flawlessly. The only XC skiing in the entire region for now. Well worth it

Gatineau park map

Nakkertok has a network of about 75km of skating, classical and backcountry trails at two locations just north of Ottawa in the Gatineau Hills.

Nakkertok South is the main attraction offering groomed skating and classic skiing, chalets, races and children's programming. There are lit trails for night skiing. Club membership, or a day-use fee required for skiing. 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.

Nakkertok North trails are quite demanding, and only occasionally groomed (Fridays). They offer a refreshing backcountry wilderness experience for those with good skiing skills. The trails at Nakkertok North are almost always quiet. The annual Nakkerloppet event in February is a great opportunity to discover these trails by making the North to South crossing.

Nakkertok Nordic