You have out done yourself! The new 5km of trail is outstanding. It’s hard to believe that this beautiful spot is only 10 minutes from my home. It is truly a magical trail.
For a couple of years now my wife and I have been members of the WCNSC and I would like to thank all involved for the wonderful opportunity presented to us. Through the efforts of Bryan, Randy and their group of volunteers we are able to enjoy some of the best cross country skiing in the area (including Gatineau Park), within minutes of home. I have been skiing in the Ottawa area and elsewhere across Canada for over 50 years and this group gets a gold star for the conditions of the trail network.
You particularly notice this during the lean snow years such as we just experienced. Despite the lack of snow, WCNSC members enjoyed fabulous conditions from the first snowfall in mid-December right through to March. I was out every weekend, both days and managed a couple of “hooky” skis as well as a wonderful night ski.
In the rural areas of the City we often complain that we pay for more than our fair share of services so it is very gratifying when the City helps support pursuits which are very important to the lifestyle of many of us who have chosen the rural way of life. I’m not sure how much support the City provides but I do have a pretty good idea of the tremendous volunteer effort that goes into the maintenance of the trails and are quite certain that the return on investment is one of the highest the City gets. This is no where more evident than in the expanding group of young people seen on the trails. Being able to participate in this relatively low cost and ever so healthy activity, so close to home, is priceless.
Thanks are also due to the Park. I have been amazed by the number and diverse group of people who benefit from this little gem of an area – not just the classic and skate skiers who frequent the trails but the hikers, dog walkers, dog skiers, snow shoers and snowmobilers who use the Park and seem to coexist so respectfully and well.
Andy and Arlaine Welch
I have been using these trails for the past 6+ years and must say you guys do a phenomenal job grooming. I don’t know what I would do during winter if this wonderful club did not operate.
Thank you and here’s to many more years of X-skiing!!
I am happy to provide my views on this ski club. We live in Stittsville and joined both your club and Gatineau this year. Both required that we travel the same distance. West Carleton definitely won out. The trails were always groomed to perfection no matter when we went. The 10 km of trails is just the right distance for our ski but easily increased if we wanted to by the many cut off trails offered.
Bigger does not always mean better. We’ll be back next year.
Mary and John Londry
I have recently come to discover the trails of Fitzroy Park. It is so wonderful to have this beautiful network of trails so nearby to my home. They are very well groomed and maintained. It is often challenging to find activities in winter but having this park nearby with the available trails has made it very convenient and enjoyable. After my father-in-law heard of my adventures on the trails, he too purchased skiis and now joins me from time-to-time. I strongly urge the continued financial support of this resource for the surrounding communities as it truly stimulates good health and participaction.
Thanks again for another great season at Fitzroy! I thoroughly enjoyed the trail this year, especially now that I live only a 4 minute drive away! I really loved having the skate skiing trails so accessible- a much shorter commute than going to Gatineau Park. Thanks for updating the website on a regular basis, it was great to know what the conditions were like ahead of time.
Thanks again for all your hard work on the trails regarding maintenance and grooming…a top notch job for sure! Looking forward to next year.
Yes it is unfortunate, but all good things do come to some kind of end. I look forward to the future.
I thought that the WCNSC outdid itself this year as far a trail grooming was concerned. These were quite possibly the most consistently probably BEST groomed trails in the Ottawa Region. I am happy that we remain a West Carleton secret. Well done, indeed!!!
As of this moment, I have it in my calendar to attend the AGM of the WCNSC on April 14th.
John Fitzgerald, Fitzroy Harbour