Trip Report November 11th: Strathcona Wilderness Centre

It was another wonderful day of skiing at the SWC yesterday. Following the Remembrance Day ceremonies I headed out to the east side of Sherwood Park to check out the conditions.

During winter the Wilderness Centre becomes a proper Nordic centre with a heated lodge and lounge area. You can also rent both classic & skate skis & take ski lessons. The trails are well signed with location maps at all junctions. An excellent free trail map is available from the lodge.
The trails radiate out from the lodge in a series of short loops through a pretty & hilly forested area. The wider trails are double tracked with a skating lane in the middle. The terrain is generally very undulating and most trails are rated easy to intermediate with the odd difficult section & steep hill. All trails are bi- directional. A ski around the perimeter loop is 7 km.

The legs were a little stiff so I started off slow on the Owl loop. I tried using a Swix blue, but didn’t have enough grip on the tracks going uphill. I headed back to the lodge for a couple of coats of violet and then went out onto Moose Loop.

It was an amazing afternoon of skiing, the roads however were a different story. Icy patches on the east side of town make driving difficult and slower speeds are needed. Make sure you allow extra time to get there.

Stathcona Wilderness Centre Trail Map

Moos Loop

Moose Loop View

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