Ski & Snowshoe

Ski & Snowshoe

C.A. Pippy Park Winter Activity Center
Snowshoe Adventures
Equipment Rentals
Cross Country Skiing on Groomed Trails - Free of Charge!
Ski Trail Etiguette
Skiing Safety Tips

C.A. Pippy Park Winter Activity Center

The C.A. Pippy Park Winter Activity Center offers rentals of waxless classic cross country ski equipment, as well as snowshoes for all ages. A Cross Country Ski Sledge is also available for individuals with physical disabilities.

Location: North Bank Lodge on Nagle’s Place off Allandale Road
Season of Operation: Jan. 6 to April 9, 2017 (weather dependent)

Please Note: For group bookings click here.
 

Day Time
Tuesday 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Friday 6 to 10 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a list and map of all trails at North Bank Lodge, click here.

Snowshoe Adventures

Join us for a starlit snowshoe hike and mugup. All adventures will be weather dependent. Come dressed for the elements. All necessary equipment will be provided or bring your own gear. For 18+ years.
Offered on a seasonal basis.

Equipment Rentals 
 

  Rental/Hr
Single $5
Family of three $10
Family of four (or more) $15

Please Note:

  • Cash, Debit and Visa / Master Card / Amex are accepted.
  • Identification is required to rent skis and snowshoes.
  • Weather and snow conditions will affect operations. For information on open/closures for the Winter Activity Center please call the C. A. Pippy Park Winter Activity Center Information Line at 709-737-3651 or the H.G.R Mews Community Center at 709-576-8499.

Adaptive Equipment:
Adaptive equipment is available to individuals who require them.

  • Ice sledge* available in child and adult size. For use on ice, so not available at Winter Activity Centre
  • Hippocampe* All Terrain Wheelchair with front and rear ski attachments
  • Snowcoach, available at Winter Activity Centre
  • Sit ski, available at Winter Activity Centre

* Must be pre-booked by calling 576-6972 or emailing inclusion@stjohns.ca

Cross Country Skiing on Groomed Trails - Free of Charge!

During the winter season groomed ski trails are set for both skate and classic skiing and are illuminated for evening skiing.

All trails are located in the C. A. Pippy Park Campground.  Access can be gained from the North Bank Lodge parking lot  (first right when turning onto Nagle’s Place from Allandale Road), or from the main entrance to C. A. Pippy Park Campground, opposite the Fluvarium. 

Ski Trail Etiquette

  • Respect groomed ski trails – foot, paw and bicycle prints damage ski tracks.
  • Observe directional signage – many ski trails are ONE-WAY for your safety.
  • Yield to skiers traveling downhill.
  • Signal to others when passing – call “Track.”
  • When stopping, step out of ski tracks and off the trail with your equipment so others may pass safely.

Skiing Safety Tips

  • Use trails that are suited to your ability and fitness level.
  • Never ski on rivers– the flowing water below makes ice thin in places.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite, hypothermia and fatigue.
  • Keep clear of grooming equipment – operators cannot see or hear skiers well.
  • Clear the trail when you stop.