Wonderful Winter Pursuits
Cross-Country Ski Trails
Ski along the whispering sands trail to the beach road and the Trans Canada Trail to Northshore. Explore the south end of the park behind ancient sand dunes and through jack pine forests; crest the beach ridge and follow it to the Northshore Day Use Area. This trail has some small steep hills and descents.
Take the Trans Canada Trail through a mixed wood forest along the shore of Lesser Slave Lake. Bison at the Northshore Homestead Ranch can sometimes be seen along the fence line during the winter. This is one of the longest trails in the park with relatively flat and easy skiing.
This flat and easy loop trail is just outside the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation and is a great place to learn and practice your cross-country ski skills. Keep an eye out for winter residents like the black capped chickadee, downy woodpecker and pine siskin.
Plan for a round-trip, as the Lily Creek group site cannot be accessed by vehicle during the winter months. When you reach the group site head down to the beach to look for the ice ridges, off the mouth of Lily Creek, that can pile up as high as 15ft. This trail is flat with easy skiing.
The Nine Mile Creek Recreation Area offers visitors 8 km of trails groomed for classic skiing. Junctions at this site are clearly marked with signs portraying maps of the surrounding trails and denoting the visitor’s present location. This trail system offers visitors with beginner and intermediate level trails. Visitors seeking beginner trails are encouraged to explore the Box Trail. Those wishing to have a longer ski are encouraged to extend their path along the intermediate section of this trail, looping back along Regeneration Way. The Conifer Valley Trail offers visitors a beautiful loop near the beginning of the trail system.
Trail Overview and Highlights:
- 8 km of trails track set for classic ski use.
- No trail fees are in effect, however donations to the club are encouraged.
Site Facilities: A chalet is located on site and is open on weekends.
Ski Equipment: No equipment is available in the local area.
Club Information: The Nine Mile Creek Recreational Club has only been founded in the last three years. Club members are currently working in conjunction with the Department of Sustainable Resource Development to expand the trail infrastructure.
Access to Site (when open/accessible): Visitors may access the site anytime during the ski season.