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3-day Nordic Skiing Adventure

By Daniel Murray

Day One

Start at the cross country trails at Ski Ben Eoin.

1Travel approximately 30 minutes (35 kms) to North Sydney to Seaview Golf Course and enjoy lunch and prepare for your outing. The golf course is groomed by the Cape Breton Nordic Ski Club. Skiers will be able to enjoy classic technique and skate technique on terrain that is gently rolling, and suitable for skiers of multiple abilities.

2Head northeast on Seaview Drive traveling approximately 10 minutes (7 kms) and stop at a grocery store in North Sydney to pick up some supplies for supper for Day 2 and then get on the road to Indian Brook.

Travel approximately 1 hour (70 kms) to Indian Brook.

3Have dinner at GoBistro Restaurant in Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort. Go Bistro strives as much as possible to use ingredients that are in their natural state, organic and local. In season, many of their vegetables and herbs are plucked fresh from their own organic garden, from their reclaimed apple orchard, or straight from the wild (such as blueberries and chanterelle mushrooms). Chefs also produce a variety of home-baked goods on site, including breads and desserts. The fully-licensed bar offers local and imported wines, spirits and beers, including Cape Breton based organic micro-brewery Big Spruce and local winery Jost.

Overnight at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort. Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort is located along the serene landscape of the Cabot Trail. Open year-round, Cabot Shores is a retreat centre offering a mixture of outdoor adventure, interesting and relaxing accommodations, delicious meals at their restaurant GoBistro and health/healing services. Enjoy your time in Whiff's Lodge, a Mongolian or Cedar style Yurt, Geodesic Dome (in season), or one of their Chalets, big enough for the whole family.

Approximate driving distance travelled for Day 1 is 1 hour and 40 minutes (115 kms).
Day One Map Visual

Day One

Interior of Cedar Yurt at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort

Day Two

Have breakfast and pack a picnic lunch for later. Travel approximately 20 minutes (20 kms) towards Goose Cove.

4Arrive at Ski Tuonela in Goose Cove and explore some of their trails. Ski Tuonela offers a telemark ski run, an incredible selection of trails through hardwood and softwood forests, as well as a ski village, where you’ll find cozy accommodations in one of the log cabins which have wood stoves, 12V lighting, a propane stove and kitchen supplies. The village is a 4km ski from the parking lot, but please note that the Tuonela staff cart your gear in via snowmobile.

Take a break from skiing and enjoy your picnic lunch. (Please remove all waste before leaving so as not to cause any damage to the environment or wildlife in the area.)

Get back out on the trails and enjoy some more skiing.

Return back to the village to make dinner. You can enjoy a tranquil evening in your cabin or even enjoy an evening ski with headlamps.

Overnight in the ski village at Ski Tuonela.

Approximate driving distance travelled for Day 2 is 20 minutes (20 kms).
Day Two Map Visual

Day Two

Ski Tuonela Chalets

Day Three

Enjoy breakfast and then ski out to your vehicle. Drive northward along the Cabot Trail approximately 1 hour (63 kms) to Ingonish.

5Grab lunch at Doucette’s Market in Ingonish. Ken and Trina Doucette have been in business at Doucette's for over 20 years. Their products include groceries, snacks, produce, frozen food, and phone cards. They also have food service including homemade pizza, fresh baked goods, cakes & a small dining area with an ever expanding menu.

Continue driving north along the Cabot Trail approximately 45 minutes (43 kms) to Cape North.

6Arrive at North Highlands Nordic, which offers a high class trail network with 12km of trails, groomed for both classic and skate by a 16’ wide Piston Bully groomer. The trails have a mixture of softwoods and hardwoods, open areas, as well as some spectacular vistas of the Highlands. The facility has a heated warmup room and waxing area where you can prepare your skis.

Overnight in the North Highlands area.

Places to stay:

Approximate driving distance travelled for Day 3 is 2 hours (120 kms).
Day Three Map Visual

Day Three

North Highlands Nordic Cross Country Ski Facility

Daniel Murray

Cross Country Ski Nova Scotia

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