Cross-Country skiing (Dave Heath photo)
On Vancouver Island, go cross-country skiing at Mount Washington Alpine Resort and peaceful Strathcona Provincial Park, which is conveniently located just outside the resort boundaries.
Mount Washington’s cross-country skiing facilities are world-class: it’s an official training site for XC Canada, and three international teams trained here prior to the 2010 Winter Games.
Cross-Country Skiing at Mount Washington and Strathcona Park
Enjoy 55km/34mi of groomed trails that run through Mount Washington resort and into spectacular Strathcona Provincial Park. Glide past old-growth cedars, frozen lakes and snowy peaks. Access upper trails (as well as ocean-to-alpine views) via the chairlift. Raven day lodge provides rentals, lessons and dining options.
Accommodation is available slopeside and in nearby Courtenay, Comox and Nanaimo. Looking for a break from skis? Join the guided Snowshoe and Fondue Dinner Tour through the forests of Strathcona.
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Mount Washington Alpine Resort, British Columbia
Mount Washington is home to one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North America, with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop on one side and scenic Strathcona Park bordering the other.
In winter, Mount Washington receives a legendary 10.5 metres of annual snowfall. The resort is acknowledged as the home of Canada's deepest pile, however, it's not all about the snow! In summer, the mountain and surrounding resort community transforms itself into a major destination for mountain bikers, hikers and summer alpine enthusiasts.
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