Category Archives: Winter Trail

SJAM Trail Closure at Remic Rapids

From Jeff’s Kitchissippi Ward Newsletter #155, also see for details (closure likely on December 3, 4) and a map.

Remic Rapids work to close parking lot, SJAM trail

As part of its invasive species management strategy and emerald ash borer management program, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will be working to remove invasive species in the Remic Rapids parking area. Dead trees and trees that pose a safety risk to the public or the work crew will also be removed. This work is being undertaken to prepare for the replanting of native trees and shrubs, which will take place in spring 2019. The work will be undertaken from November 26 to December 14, 2018, between 7 am and 5 pm, weather permitting. The parking lot will be closed to the public, but will reopen once the work is completed. For public safety, the winter trail will be temporarily closed for two days while wood chipping is being done. Signage will be installed to indicate that work is in progress, and workers will ensure the safety of pathway users close to the work area. Workers will be using mechanical equipment for this work.

Funding for Trail Ice Breaking

The SJAM Winter Trail people are trying to fund a new ice breaking groomer called the Mogul Master, successfully trialled on our icy trail. If you want to help the SJAM Winter Trail but don’t have magic snow creation powers, you could assist with the ice busting side of things by donating to the trail project at They’ve got a big portion of funding already from MEC, as described in their Facebook post.

Here’s a Twitter video of the Mogul Master in action during the trial:

Calgary Skiers Visit SJAM and Champlain Park

Ski clubs from Calgary starting the SJAM trail at Champlain Park’s fieldhouse:

Ribbon Cutting at the SJAM Winter Trail Fence Gap

This morning visiting dignitaries officially opened the opening in the fence at Champlain Park, then went down to Remic Rapids for the SJAM Ski Festival.

Here’s part of the story, in photos and video.

Early Morning Gathering at the Fence.

Video of Getting into Position for Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting with I think left to right: Gary Lacey (Executive Director, Capital Stewardship, NCC), Sue Holloway (four-time Olympian), Her Excellency Anne Kari H. Ovind (Norwegian Ambassador), Jeff Leiper (City Councillor for Kitchissippi Ward), Dave Adams (kneeling, Winter Trail Manager and Head Groomer), Yasir Naqvi (MPP Ottawa Centre), Young Spiderman (possibly a relative of Yasir), Unknown.

Public Photo Opportunity.

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Busy Winter Weekend – Reminder

It’s going to be busy in the park this weekend and we hope you will be able to join us with your family and friends for both of these winter events – the Winter Carnival on Saturday and SJAM Winter Trail Celebration and Ski Festival on Sunday.

Our Winter Carnival event organizers are asking for your help with the following, if you have some free time for a few hours:

  • Help with running and assisting with the rink activities during the carnival – if interested please contact: Jim Kot phone 613-722-7519 or e-mail
  • Help with providing Chili or Chili cook pots – please contact: Sarah Kotyck email: or Natalie Raffoul email:

Thanks, we appreciate your support and hope you have fun!

Here’s the Ski Festival schedule from Dave Adams:

Scenario – SJAM Winter Trail.pdf

SJAM Ski Festival and Pontiac Ribbon Cutting – Reminder

Just a reminder about the Sunday Ski Festival described in a previous post.

It’s starting on morning of January 28th with a ribbon cutting at the new Pontiac Fence Crossing at 09:10, followed by the delegates skiing to the Remic Rapids ski festival site by 09:30.

See the attached Media Invitation from the NCC for more information. Check the Ski Festival web site for weather updates.

MI – Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail Celebration and Ski Festival.pdf

SJAM Ski Festival – January 28

I just noticed that there will be a ski festival on the Winter Trail at the end of the month. There are also rumours of a ribbon cutting in the morning at the Pontiac street fence opening, as mentioned in Jeff Leiper’s newsletter: “I hope you’ll join us at 9:00 am in Champlain Park to kick the day off as reps from the NCC, other levels of government, and I mark the new opening in the fence that used to divide the City and NCC parks. With that portion of Pontiac closed, the two parks will become more and more seamless in the coming months.”

There is a related Facebook event at General trail info is at and our notes are at The key details from the ski festival’s web site are:

  • Location: Remic Rapids off the Sir John A. McDonald Parkway by the Ottawa river
  • 10:00am 1km Ski Scurry (age 10 and under)
  • 10:30am 5km Ski Scoot (age 10 to grandparent!)
  • Registration requested as numbers are limited
    • FREE for children 10 years and younger, participants will receive a ski bib (link here)
    • $10 for all other participants (link here)
    • Please pick-up bib between 9-9:45 for those who are pre-registered
  • Onsite registration for the ski events will be available from 9:00-9:45am however we strongly encourage you to register in advance.
  • Donations are welcome in person or through the registration link. All proceeds go towards the ongoing operation of the SJAM winter trail. (Please make cheque payable to “Dovercourt Recreation Association” and write “SJAM Winter Trail Project” on the memo line)
  • Norwegian embassy will be supporting
  • In event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled (please check

[Skier with ski trailer for their child]