Facilities

Visitors

Visitors are welcome to use our facilities. Please consider a donation ($2 to $5 per person) towards trail grooming and chalet maintenance. A donation box is on the exterior of the chalet on Balmer Bay Road.

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 F(un) 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 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 trails are challenging, require quite a bit of snow coverage to be useable, and are quite remote with limited cell phone coverage. Additional safety precautions, such as carrying emergency gear, should be used when skiing this trail system. Please be familiar with the DRXC Emergency Plan. Trails maps are available on the MAPS page.
  • 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 CNL 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. Until February 28, the chalet is only available for organized programs and events, following Covid protocols, as detailed here. Effective March 1st, the chalet will be open using the following protocol:

DRXC Chalet Use Protocol, 2022 March
Requirements
Screening for Potential Infection

All users of DRXC facilities (indoor and outdoor) should screen themselves before arrival, and the Ontario Ministry of Health provides a self-assessment tool [https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/] for this purpose.   Alternatively, users can screen themselves outside the chalet using the RCDHU poster titled “STOP COVID-19”.

Physical Distancing and Mask Use

Users of DRXC facilities should maintain physical distancing (> 2 m separation from others who are not part of your household cohort) whenever possible, both inside the chalet and outdoors.

You must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers the nose, mouth, and chin when inside the chalet.  A mask or face covering should also be worn outdoors when physical distancing is not possible and you are not actively participating in the sport.

Indoor Actions

Enter the chalet through the door facing Balmer Bay Road and exit through the door facing the woodshed.

High-touch surfaces inside the chalet must be disinfected at least daily on any day that the chalet is used.

People must be seated when removing their mask or face covering to consume food and drink in the chalet.  If you are serving food or drinks to unmasked people who are not members of your household the Ontario regulations require that you wear eye protection (a face shield or goggles) as well as a mask or suitable face covering.

Chalet Occupancy Limits

The maximum number of occupants, wearing acceptable face coverings, in the DRXC chalet is 30 people (per the Ontario Fire Code).   It is, however, recommended that occupancy be kept below 10 people to maintain physical distancing as much as possible.

Recommendations

Practice good hand hygiene.  Alcohol-based hand sanitizer and paper towels are provided in the chalet.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then clean your hands; if that isn’t possible, cough or sneeze into your arm.

Outhouse Use

The outhouse is posted as “Use at your own risk”.  Please wear a mask inside the building.  Hand sanitizer is provided.

Ski Cabin

Available for the 2021/22 season, following Covid protocols.

The cabin trails off Bass Lake Road culminate in the club’s cabin. This is available to members for day or overnight use, at a fee of $8/night/person. 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. The BLISS snowshoe trail also leads to the Cabin. Cabin bookings and keys are available from Erik Hagberg (613-584-4636) or Karen Colins (613-584-2880).

Snowshoe Trails

Intermingled with the DRXC ski trails are snowshoe trails, built and maintained by the Four Seasons Conservancy. The 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