Wesley Clover Park is a popular Nordic ski and Snowshoe area east of Ottawa on your way to Kanata. All 18 km of trail are groomed for both Cross-Country and Skate skiing and are bi-directional.
This ski area has two trail networks, divided by a rail line. Numerous short loops work their way around this location that also has a campground and equestrian centre operating other times of the year.
The lower trails are located in the equestrian fields and adjacent forested area, which has some rolling terrain. With wider grooming and flatter terrain, this network is ideal for learning how to skate ski.
The upper trails that are in the forest can be more challenging. For example, the blue #12 loop in the back end slopes down, creating a good downhill and climb.
Unfortunately there is that rail line running through the middle dividing the forest and meadow areas in two. To reach the other side there is only one crossing and that is down by where the tracks meet the Corkstown Road.
The local Kanata Ski Club is based here and is active maintaining the trails. They offer events, races and lessons. This can make the trails crowded on Saturday afternoons.
There is a chalet with a wood stove and heaters. No gear rentals yet, they are working on it…
Depending on snow conditions, grooming is done three times a week. No dogs or Fatbikes on groomed trails please. I am told deer are often spotted among the trees.
A separate Snowshoe trail has recently been added (with more to come). Follow the Orange/Red loop on the map. I am guessing it’s about 3 km in length. Off-trail snowshoeing is another option.
This ski area is easily accessible from Highway 417, making it a great destination for skiers staying in or passing through the Ottawa area. Many local skiers take advantage of its proximity to use the trails at lunch or for a quick ski after work.
The Ottawa region always gets more snow and a longer season than the rest of Southern Ontario. Head here for some fine outdoor trekking whatever you do.
Note: I have yet to visit this location and am posting these details to inform and not as a full review. The club has supplied me with some information and images. I invite you to check them out and then leave your own review below.