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