Facilities

Visitors

Visitors are welcome to use our facilities. Before you use the Silver Spoon Trails, please sign the waiver form inside the chalet on Balmer Bay Road. Please also consider a donation towards the maintenance of the chalet and the grooming of the trails. A donation box is available inside the chalet in the corner to your left as you come in the main door.

Ski Trails

The club maintains three trail networks and is a partner in a fourth.

  • The Silver Spoon Trails are the closest to downtown Deep River. They are located on either side of Balmer Bay Road just east of the hospital.  There are about 30 km of trail, of which 20 are groomed and track-set. The trails on the river side of the road are gentle. Those on the other side are more challenging. Trails labelled M, S and H are groomed for both classic and ski skating techniques. The Fun-loop is only for the truly adventuresome, and the P-loop is a challenging backcountry trail.
  • The Cabin Trails are a network of 50 km of ungroomed wilderness trails that lead out to our cabin near the border of Algonquin Park. The starting point is at the end of Bass Lake Road, which turns south off Hwy 17 just before Point Alexander, 4 km west of Deep River.
  • The Forestry Trail System is based at the Petawawa Research Forest 5 km east of Chalk River. Turn south from Hwy 17 onto Clouthier Road and follow it to a gate. Parking is 100 m before the gate, to your right. There are currently 19 km of ungroomed wilderness trails.
  • The Plant Trail System connects the Silver Spoon Trails to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and is used to ski to and from work. Only AECL employees carrying appropriate identification are permitted on these trails.
DRXC Chalet

The club chalet is situated 450 m east of the hospital at 112 Balmer Bay Road. It is open and heated during daylight hours on weekends and from noon to dusk on week days during the ski season.

Ski Cabin

The cabin trails off Bass Lake Road culminate in the club’s cabin. This is available to members for day or overnight use. The cabin is well-equipped so that skiers have less to carry in.  Click on DRXC Cabin—equipment inventory.

 

The shortest distance to the cabin from the Bass Lake Road trailhead is 7 km. There are three ridges along the way, which contribute to a challenging ski. Cabin bookings and keys are available from Erik Hagberg (584-4636) or Karen Colins (584-2880).

Snowshoe Trails

Intermingled with the DRXC ski trails are snowshoe trails, built and maintained by the Four Seasons Conservancy. Trailhead is located at the ski chalet.

Viewing Platform

The Four Seasons Conservancy has built a lovely viewing platform and shelter beside the marsh on Kennedy Creek. Ski access is via the M-extension.  Snowshoe access is via the snowshoe trails—just follow the signs.  Bring binoculars and a picnic.

Deep River Cross Country Ski Club