About the trail

The Ski Heritage East Trail is a professionally groomed winter trail that facilitates skate and classic skiing, fat-biking, snowshoeing as well as walking. The trail covers an out and back distance of 40 km along the banks of the Ottawa River right here in Orleans and East Ottawa, from the Aviation Museum to Trim Road. Easily accessible by foot, car or bus at one of the many trailhead entrances, the trails cover many of the same spots residents of Orleans and the East Ottawa ride their bicycles, run or walk on in the summer months.

2018 marked the first year of trail grooming by the Ski Heritage East volunteer group, which increased the quality and frequency of grooming and attracted over 7500 trail users of all ages. A quality winter trail adds to the attractiveness to Orleans as an active living community by providing a very unique opportunity to stay active 12 months of the year.

Ski Heritage East is a non-profit group that relies on donations from Trail users, sponsors, and the City of Ottawa and NCC.

About the team

The Ski Heritage East volunteer team is made up of dedicated volunteers working with passion to make cross-country skiing in the east end of Ottawa as pleasurable as possible.

We have volunteers doing a wide variety of work:

  • Administration & government relations
  • Marketing and social media
  • Accounting
  • Trail grooming
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Website maintenance and development