Category Archives: Winter Trail

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]

Forest Work in Progress

Maybe this Facebook post from the winter trail people about improving the trail in Kitchissippi Woods and this forestry work notice from the NCC are related…

Subject: Ash tree removal along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway by Island Park Drive/ Abattage de frênes le long de la promenade Sir-John-A.-Macdonald à proximité de la promenade Island Park CRM:0025365
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:40:55 -0500
From: Jocelyne Moncion <>

(le texte français suit)


As part of its emerald ash borer management strategy, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will be removing ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway close to Island Park Drive.
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SJAM Winter Trail arrives at Champlain Park

As you are well aware closing down a road, taking down part of an NCC fence to make for more park land is not a trivial matter but this has been accomplished with the efforts of many folks.

The Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail in Champlain Park has just opened unofficially, the initial grooming was done last Thursday afternoon to pack down the snow. Once we have more snow the classic X-ski tracks will be laid.

The SJAM – Champlain Park trail portion is a reality; it now crosses Pontiac Street (closed portion of Pontiac) into our park leading up to the Champlain Park Fieldhouse from Champlain Woods.

Three residents enjoying x-skiing into Champlain Park on the newly added trail across Pontiac Street from the SJAM Champlain Woods trail.

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