Wesley Clover

401 Corkstown Rd, Nepean
Posted on March 8, 2019 / 2739
Wesley Clover
Location : Eastern Ontario
X-Ski km : 18
Skate km : 18
Snowshoe km : 3
Skill Level : Easy, Intermediate
Terrain : small hills, wide paths, gentle hills, flat sections
Facilities : parking, chalet, warming huts, toilets/outhouse, food close by, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained, track set
Trail Fee : Yes

Length – 18 km

Cross-Country track set – 18 km
Skate Skiing  groomed – 18 km
Snowshoe trail – 3 km

Skill – mainly Easy to Intermediate

Terrain – about half wooded, half open meadow, flat grade that slopes down at back

Hours – 7:30am – 10pm (no existing trail lighting, bring your own headlamp)

Fee – ski pass $10, snowshoe $5, under 13 free

Trail Map – well-signed maps at junctions, no paper map

Facilities – parking, chalet, lessons, snacks, warming cabins

Highlights – convenient, scenic, wilderness, good place to learn

Phone – none

Website –  Wesley Clover Park

Current Conditions  

Similar Trails –  Kawartha

Local Clubs – Kanata Nordic Club

Access – Parallel to hwy 417 take an off-ramp to get to Corkstown Rd.,  # 411 is the best entrance to start, 401 Corkstown Rd. also has a parking lot but less trees.

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.

Opening Hours
  • Monday :7:30am - 10pm
  • Tuesday :7:30am - 10pm
  • Wednesday :7:30am - 10pm
  • Thursday :7:30am - 10pm
  • Friday :7:30am - 10pm
  • Saturday :7:30am - 10pm
  • Sunday :7:30am - 10pm
Wesley Clover ski trail map

Wesley Clover ski trail map

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