Nordic Skiing Special

Nordic Skiing

Come and ski Clearwater/Wells Gray because we have some of the best nordic skiing (cross country skiing ) trails  found anywhere. If well groomed trails are your thing … we have them. Tens of thousands of kilometres of wilderness await if you prefer to break trail.

Candle Creek

Ski approximately 30 km of woodland nordic skiing trails just minutes from town. The Candle Creek Nordic Ski Trails are maintained by the local Wells Gray Outdoor Club.  Trails are regularly groomed and track-set. Be certain to take time after skiing to warm up in the warming cabin and enjoy a visit with locals .

You can bring your dog and/or your snowshoes because a number of the trails are canine friendly and/or snowshoe friendly!

 

Candle Creek Ski Trail Map

The Birchleg

Looking to enjoy a special event? Check out the Birchleg on Feb 1, 2020. Dress up and ski in costume.

 

Birchleg Participants -Candle Creek Nordic Skiing

Birchleg Participants – Photo courtesy of Wells Gray Outdoor Club

The Legend

The Birchleg is a fun nordic skiing event in early February renenacting a cross country ski trip made by two Viking warriors in the 13th Century. Rivals murdered King Haakon of Norway in 1204 during a time of civil war and his infant son was in immediate peril of the same fate. The baby was carried to safety in Trondheim by two Viking warriors  loyal to the dead king and his heir.  Their flight was in midwinter, skiing 55 kilometres across the mountains. Armed with a battle-axe and spears the warriors held the infant safely behind their shields. Eventually, young Haakon Haakonson grew to adulthood and returned to Norway to claim his father’s throne.

Access

Follow Highway 5, about 1 km northeast of the Wells Gray Info Centre. Turn left onto Candle Creek Road and follow it for roughly 2 km, then turn right on Barber Road. The parking lot is at the end of this road.

Nordic Skiing Special

Stay at Valley Hideaway Guest House in January or February and receive a free one day ski pass to the Candle Creek Trails. Bring your own skis because rentals are not available in town, but the skiing truly is world class.

 

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The Birchleg

The Birchleg is coming February 3, 2018

What is the Birchleg?

The Birchleg is a family fun cross country ski event. It begins with a mass start at 10:00 AM at the Candle Creek Cross Country Ski Trails. You can expect expert skiers, families and novices out for a good time. Ski all 28 km of trails or ski just a bit, its up to you.

Its your chance to dress up like a viking or ancient Norwegian. There are prizes for the best costume. It’s followed by a hot Norwegian Style lunch (or vegetarian lunch). Its a fun filled community event.

Whats it all about?

According to the Wells Gray Outdoors Club (Clearwater, BC, Canada):

Rescue of-Haakon-Haakonsson-painted-by-Knud-Bergslien

Rescue of Haakon Haakonsson. Painted by Knud Bergslien

 “The Birchleg is a fun ski event in early February re-enacting a cross country ski trip made by two Viking warriors in the 13th Century. King Haakon of Norway was murdered in 1204 during a time of civil war. The King’s infant son was in immediate peril of the same fate. Two Viking warriors loyal to their dead king and his heir took the baby to safety in Trondheim. Their flight was in midwinter, skiing 55 kilometres across the mountains. Holding the child secure behind a shield, these warriors were armed with a battle-axe and spears. Young Haakon Haakonson grew to adulthood in safety, returning to Norway to claim his father’s throne.”

There was even a movie made recently about the rescue of King Haakon based on the mythic historical story. The Last King is worth watching, whether you plan to ski the Birchleg or not.

A scene from the rescue as depicted in “The Last King” – Image Courtesy Norwegian Film Institute

Follow this link for waiver and entry form.

Busy BirchLeg day? No problem, there’ re still lots of opportunities to cross country (nordic) ski here through the rest of the winter.  More than 25 km of groomed trails at Candle Creek await you at. There are still more groomed trails at North Thompson Provincial Park and there are miles upon miles of unbroken trails through the wilderness.

If you are looking for a place to stay while here, book your stay at Valley Hideaway Guest House, we are open year round.

Valley Hideaway Guest House is a non smoking property

No Smoking inside the guest house or on the premises