Dovercourt

The SJAM Trail

ski trail along the ottawa river

Please note: we have had to cancel the SJAMin' with Norway special event scheduled for Sat. Feb. 25 due to the forecast of rain and mild temperatures.

The SJAM Trail is a groomed, multi-use winter trail along the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) multi-use pathway (MUP) that will promote active living, provide access to the Ottawa River shoreline, and welcome a diversity of users, whether they are walking, on skis, snowshoes or a snow bike. 

The trail will connect the Canadian War Museum with park lands along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to Westboro Beach, animating spaces that until now have been little used in the winter. Transit stations border the trail at LeBreton Flats, Bayview/O-train and Dominion Stations, with parking at Westboro Beach, Champlain Park and the Canadian War Museum, providing ready access for visitors from around the National Capital Region.

Two tracks will be set, one for snowshoers, walkers and bikers and the other for cross-country skiers, supporting both classic and skate style techniques. The walking track will follow the existing pathway. Serpentine loops will add distance to the ski track at the Selby Plains and Remic Rapids greenspaces and at open lands adjacent to the War Museum and Champlain Bridge, for an expected distance of 16 kilometres. Amenities along the trail include the Westboro Beach tobogganing hill, the John Ceprano rock sculptures and the café at the War Museum.

Dovercourt is excited to add this new recreational opportunity for winter 2017 featuring 16km of groomed trail, along with onsite rentals provided by Silver level sponsor Fresh Air Experience. Programming will include ski lessons, snowshoe lessons, fatbike events, ski days and more.


Trail route & conditions

Follow the trail on Twitter @SJAMTrail or Facebook; get more info and trail conditions on the Winter trail website.

sjam trail map


Programs

Dovercourt is offering Cross country ski programs on the trail.


CHILDREN’S LEARN-TO-SKI WITH XC SKIFAST (6-9yrs)
Led by professional and highly experienced Instructors, students will learn the basic and fundamental cross-country skate skiing skills. Using a variety of games and drills to introduce students to skiing, students learn quickly. Our one-hour lessons, run for 4 consecutive weeks, will have you ready for other novice trails in the region. Skate skis, boots included in lesson cost. We don’t use poles at this stage of learning. Lessons are run at Dovercourt Recreation Association and on the Sir John A. MacDonald trail. Lessons cancelled due to weather or trail conditions will be re-scheduled as our schedule permits.
Sun 9:30-10:30am, Jan 15 – Feb 5, RFAW90 – $60

ADULT LEARN-TO-SKI WITH XC SKIFAST (18 yrs +)
Led by professional and highly experienced Instructors, students will learn the basic and fundamental cross-country skate skiing skills. Using a variety of games and drills to introduce students to skiing, students learn quickly. Our one-hour lessons, run for 4 consecutive weeks, will have you ready for other novice trails in the region. Skate skis, boots included in lesson cost. We don’t use poles at this stage of learning. Lessons are run at Dovercourt Recreation Association and on the Sir John A. MacDonald trail. Lessons cancelled due to weather or trail conditions will be re-scheduled as our schedule permits.
Sun 11:00-12:00pm, Jan 15 – Feb 5, RFAW91 – $80

DROP-IN LEARN-TO-SKI WITH XC SKIFAST (for kids or adults)
Led by professional and highly experienced Instructors, students will learn the basic and fundamental cross-country skate skiing skills. Using a variety of games and drills to introduce students to skiing, students learn quickly. Our lessons will have you ready for other novice trails in the region. Skate skis, boots included in lesson cost. We don’t use poles at this stage of learning. Lessons are run at Dovercourt Recreation Association and on the Sir John A. MacDonald trail. Lessons cancelled due to weather or trail conditions will be re-scheduled as our schedule permits.
Sat 9:30-11:00am, Saturday mornings in January and February 2017
$16 for Children from 6 to 9 years old (16 students max.); $22 for skiers 18 and older
(16 students max.)

For drop in lessons times & locations, contact Jennifer Anderson, Operations Manager, SkiXCFast, Nakkertok Nordic Instructional Programs: skixcfast@nakkertok.ca or 613-407-0434.

The Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre is offering Cross Country Ski Classic Level 1 lessons

Learn or review the basics, including how to get up when you fall, diagonal stride, double poling and climbing and descending hills in a supportive environment. We will be using the Sir John A Macdonald Trail along the Ottawa River. 

Thursdays, 1-2:30pm, Jan 19-Feb 16, $103.75, barcode 1048701 (Register with the City of Ottawa's recreation programs, https://apps102.ottawa.ca/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp)

For more information about the program or how to register please call the Churchill Seniors Centre at 613-798-8927


Equipment Rentals

Equipment rentals are provided for skiis and more through Fresh Air Experience. Rent from their store at 1291 Wellington St or visit their rental station at the Champlain Bridge (Island Park & the parkway) on weekends. Contact Fresh Air Experience at 613-729-3002 for more information. http://freshairexp.ca 

Six fat bikes are available to rent on weekends at SJAM (Champlain Bridge parking). Reservations can be made by calling the store by Wednesday before rental weekend). Bikes are first come first serve on the weekend if reservations are not received by Wednesday.

fresh air experience rental sign


Learn more about how you can help including volunteering and donating to the costs of building and maintaining the trail at http://www.wintertrail.ca

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