Construction photo December 18, 2021
by Cross Country Nova Scotia, Staff, November 27, 2021 (updated Jan. 14)
CAPE NORTH, NS: North Highlands Nordic completed construction of a warm room, though due to COVID restrictions it will be officially open to the public at a later date. NHN kicked off 2021 with a new access trail; parking area; and new groomer building which includes office space, storage, and washroom facilities. The club is located in Cape North, Nova Scotia.
“The warm room is for the skiers and snowshoers or others to come and enjoy. Have a cup of tea and maybe have their lunch. It is a place to relax, if need be, and get warmed up. We can have our ski and tea programs. The children in youth programs will have a place to go and enjoy their snacks. We believe this is very important for our mental health and wellness, since covid has been so hard on all of us. All covid regulations apply. All will need proof of Vaccination. Also a place to leave your boots and put on your ski boots in a nice cozy building. All of our Volunteers are working very hard to complete our building by opening day. We are so very lucky in this community to have such amazing volunteers.PAULA MICHAELIS | PRESIDENT, NHN
Developing infrastructure for winter enthusiasts, who enjoy NHN’s trail system, is essential to ensuring the lasting legacy of this club. North Highlands Nordic anticipates the improvements will go a long way towards attracting even more skiers and snowshoers to the region and help to continue establishing the northern Cape Breton region as a true and dependable winter destination.
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View Scenes from North Highlands Nordic!
Join Liam and Lucas, hosts of East Coast Kids, as they spend quality time on skis at North Highlands Nordic! If you’ve been wondering where to plan your next ski trip, be sure to press play to catch a glimpse of this club’s majestic beauty and trail system designed for skiers of all abilities.
Aerial footage captured during an episode of East Coast Kids, featuring North Highlands Nordic. East Coast Kids – Liam and Lucas are two bothers with similar interest and are excited to share their videos. Please visit and subscribe to their YouTube Channel.
Click image above to view the East Coast Kids episode at NHN.
Trails for All Abilities
“The trail system is a neat system because it’s about 12 km long, it’s a number of loops. The loops are constructed according to skier ability, so in terms of beginner trails, we’ve got about 8 km and in terms of most difficult Black Diamond trails, we’ve got about 1.5 km. By melding all of that together we can put together either a super easy beginner event or a high-end national-level competition, so it’s a really flexible trail system. It was actually designed for skiing, it’s not an old road.”Dennis Doyon (long-standing NHN volunteer) | East Coast Kids Episode
The trail system has terrain for every skier ability including: gentle and rolling trails (green circle), intermediate terrain (blue square), and challenging hills (black diamond). The width of the trails is 16 feet, with grooming for skate and classic technique. Snowshoeing is also encouraged. Every trail is well-marked. Trail maps can be viewed at many locations along the way – ensuring skiers are well-informed of their location. Trail map photographed above. Photo credit – East Coast Kids.
NHN is situated in a natural snowbelt. Yearly snow accumulation averages 393.1cm, as reported by Environment Canada (climate normals station data), ensuring a dependable base of snow for the trails. The club is located in Cape North on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
North Highlands Nordic is situated in a natural snowbelt. Often, when the rest of the province is green, this club has skiable snow. Learn more about the Cape Breton weather, by visiting the Cape Breton Mesonet, which provides live and archived weather and operates over 50 weather stations on Cape Breton Island.
Plan to spend time exploring North Highlands Nordic this season. You’ll be sure to enjoy the trails, world-class scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands, and the company you’ll find in a truly awesome place. For more information, visit http://nhn.xcski.ca/.