If you ask me if I consider myself a cross-country skier the answer would be yes but it’s complicated. There was a time in my youth when, as a family, we would venture north every weekend through the winter. With backpacks filled with snacks and hot chocolate, we would explore the trails for hours.
These are still some of my most cherished memories. As life happens, work, family, new interests… my cross-country skiing was relinquished to just that, memories. So yes I consider myself a cross-country skier, I just don’t get to do it very often.
So when I discovered that world class XC skiing can be had just minutes from Sault Ste. Marie, nothing was going to stand in the way of getting back on the skis, not even one of the coldest days of the season.
Day three of our five day Algoma winter adventure and Hiawatha Highlands here we come.
Hiawatha Highlands is a 3,000-acre wilderness preserve located on the edge of Sault Ste. Marie, a combination of park and conservation area it is an outdoor lovers year round slice of heaven.
Renowned for its mountain bike, hike, snowshoe and fat bike trails, Hiawatha’s main claim to fame is its home to the 1,200 members strong Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club and the 45 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trail goodness.
- Martin Lortz