Programs + Trails in HRM

Snow-Making, Lit Night Skiing + More – Halifax Nordic Ski Club

by Cross Country Nova Scotia Staff, October 28, 2020


Have you been searching for an outdoor sport to improve your fitness level while enjoying time in nature?  Cross-country skiing within Halifax city limits is very accessible and reliable.  Come out to play on skis with Halifax Nordic Ski Club.  

Halifax Nordic grooms six trail systems in Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding area, including lit night skiing and snow-making at The Links at Brunello.  All programs are scheduled to occur at The Links at Brunello.  Artificial snow-making ensures there is a reliable snow base, and the site is conveniently located three minutes beyond Bayer’s Lake and only 15 minutes from downtown Halifax.  

Cross-country ski programs are designed to accommodate skiers of all experience levels.  Qualified instructors ensure welcoming class environments where children learn skills through fun and interactive games.  If your child is new to skiing, s/he can join a class of similar aged skiers, with no previous experience. Lessons are available for skiers from ages 5 years through-adult.  

Are you a parent that’s new to skiing or interested in improving your technique?  Adult programs include the following levels for skate skiing:  beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  Halifax Nordic is also offering classic skiing lessons.  Did you know that by learning classic and skate skiing techniques you can expand your ski season?  You’ll also increase the types of terrain you can access. Classic skiing allows you to ski with minimal snow coverage – especially on smooth grass surfaces.

Registration for Halifax Nordic programs opens on November 1st.

Halifax Nordic provides many groomed trail systems for you to enjoy a quiet ski through the woods, the magic of night skiing, events, programs, and more.  For additional details visit, Halifax Nordic Ski Club.

Fast Facts – Halifax Nordic

· 6 groomed trail systems in HRM + surrounding area

· Lit night skiing + snow-making at The Links at Brunello

· Youth programs, ages 5+, Saturdays + weeknights

· Adult programs, skate (beginner, intermediate + advanced), weeknights

· Adult programs, classic, Sunday

· Seasonal equipment rentals, affordable

· Pop-up racing events

· Friendly and welcoming environment

Groomed Trails

Groomed cross-country ski trails in Nova Scotia. Note that club trails are labelled in red. Click image to view interactive Google Map.


Skiers in action at The Links at Brunello in 2020! Lots of good times on skis with Halifax Nordic Ski Club. Consider joining a program this year. As you can see from the photos, children learn skills through fun and games. Adults enjoy lessons in supportive and social groups.

Further Reading

> Directory – Equipment (buy, borrow + loan), Weather + Road Resources in NS

> NS XC Trails + Conditions

> NS Ski Clubs

>Early Snow Brings Rising Interest in Cross-Country Skiing as COVID Winter Approaches, CBC

>Demand in Sports Equipment and Home Gyms Boom as Canadians Prepare for Pandemic Winter, CBC

>Cross-Country Skiing Craze in Edmonton: “It’s a Bit of a Mad-House”, Global

>The Snow Hasn’t Hit Edmonton Yet, but Winter Sports Equipment is Flying off the Shelves, CTV

>Finding Time for New Hobbies during COVID-19, CBC

>Regina Sports Store Sees Spike in Demand for Winter Gear Like Cross-Country Skis, CBC

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Nordiq Canada – New CEO

Nordiq Canada Welcomes Stéphane Barrette as New Chief Executive Officer

by Nordiq Canada, October 16, 2020


CANMORE, Alta.—Stéphane Barrette will be counted on to play an integral role in leading the team focused on putting all Canadians on cross-country skis and more athletes on the international podium as new chief executive officer of Nordiq Canada, the Board of Directors for the national body announced on Friday.

After an extensive national search, Nordiq Canada found its new leader in their own backyard. Barrette, who has been the interim chief executive officer of the organization since May, brings more than three decades of experience in sport management, planning, programming, coaching and mentoring in the sport of cross-country skiing to his new position.

“Stéphane is a highly-motivated, passionate leader who brings the energy, drive and skillset required to lead this organization that is focused on achieving excellence both on and off the ski trails,” said Jennifer Tomlinson, chair, Nordiq Canada. “He stands out on the basis of his unique mix of experience, leadership qualities and profound understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our sport.”

Located in Montreal, Barrette has a deep history within Canada’s cross-country ski community, and specifically with Nordiq Canada since 2006. He has been the director of the national sport organization’s Coaching and Athlete Development (CAD) program since 2014 where he has helped grow the pool of licensed cross-country ski athletes by 50 per cent while also redesigning the introductory- and development-level programs for the sport: Jackrabbits, Bunnyrabbit, and Track Attack programs.

In his first eight years with Nordiq Canada (2006-2014), he was promoted to assistant director of high-performance after serving a four-year term as high-performance development coordinator (East).

“I am honoured to be given this opportunity to lead and develop the sport in Canada,” said Barrette. “We need to work diligently as a team to maintain our existing relationships while finding innovative ways to bring new partners to the cross-country ski family who share our vision of getting our athletes back on top of the international podium which will, ultimately, help accomplish our goal of inspiring more Canadians to get on skis.”

Over the last five months, Barrette has rediscovered the thrill of taking on the challenge of leading a sport governing body into a new era, reminiscent of his role prior to joining Nordiq Canada when he was Ski de fond Quebec’s executive director from 1994 to 2006.

“This organization has proven in the past we can stand on top of the Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup podiums. We have a strong team of professionals to help lead our sport across the country in an effort to get back to where we want to be, but we also have a long road ahead of us,” added Barrette. “We need to build on our successes and learn from our mistakes, to help guide us towards accomplishing our future goals. This will be done by encouraging a culture of trust, collaboration and respect throughout our community from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

No stranger to the high-performance cross-country skiing community, Barrette was a member of the National Ski Team (1990-92) and has also served as head coach of ski teams at both the provincial and club levels in Quebec. He has also worked as a television commentator with Radio-Canada and TVA Sports at the Olympic Winter Games (2006), World Nordic Ski Championships and World Cup Finals.

“It is an absolute gift to have the opportunity to marry my deep-rooted passion for cross-country skiing with my professional career in order to help positively advance this sport I care so much about,” said Barrette. “I truly believe we have an incredible opportunity to shape a brighter future while delivering the tools our athletes and coaches need in an effort to create more Olympic and Paralympic heroes for Canada in cross-country skiing.”

Barrette will remain based mostly in Montreal while the head office will continue to operate out of the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Nordiq Canada is the governing body of para-nordic and cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, Swix and Lanctôt Sports– along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, Nordiq Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic and World champions. For more information on Nordiq Canada, please visit us at

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Fluoro Decision Pending

Fluoro Decision to be Made by October 21

by Nordiq Canada, October 9, 2020


In light of the FIS decision to postpone the FIS fluoro ban until 2021, Nordiq Canada is considering the direction to take for events in Canada. We will consult with our membership, including the Domestic Development Committee. We understand the need to quicky decide whether to confirm, amend or delay Nordiq Canada’s fluoro-free rule. We will communicate our decision on or before October 21.

In a year of already great uncertainty, we appreciate that some of you may be disappointed by the FIS decision. We also appreciate the steps the cross-country ski community has taken over recent years to introduce no- or low-fluoro policies at Division events.

FIS News Release (Oct 10, 2020)

Fluorinated Wax Ban implementation to begin in 2021-22 season

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VIP Coaching Program

Introducing the new VIP coaching program

by Canadian Sport Centre AtlanticWebsite, October 9, 2020


Vip is a coaching program created to recognize the contribution of coaches in communities across Nova Scotia. Vip is not a certification or requirement, but rather a proactive opportunity for coaches to continue to excel in ethical leadership.

This program is designed to raise the bar for what it means to be a coach in Nova Scotia. Vip participants are supported and part of a broader community who are leading the way, creating a positive impact on the lives of everyone in the provincial and community sport sector. Interested in becoming a vip coach?

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What do I have to do to be accepted?

To be part of the vip coach program, coaches must meet a specific criteria. Completion of this application form allows us to check your vip program eligibility and determine your next steps to meet the criteria. To officially obtain the vip coaching status, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Sign Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Code of Conduct
  • Agree to meeting minimum safe sport training recommendations
  • Trained or Certified to coach the level of sport indicated in your application
  • Obtain three Professional Development points within the past 12 months
  • Complete Safe Sport Training*:
    • Commit to Kids
    • Respect in Sport
    • Making Ethical Decisions
  • Submit a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Abuse Registry

*Coupon codes will be provided so you can complete the training at NO CHARGE.

Why do I want to be a vip coach?

The vip program is creating a community of like-minded coaches across Nova Scotia. Upon acceptance into the vip program you will be rewarded the following:

  • Under Armour Kit ($200 value)
  • Under Armour Discounts at Cleve’s Source for Sports
  • Connections with a variety of coaches across Nova Scotia
  • Professional Development opportunities and resources
  • 50% off the Atlantic Coaches Conference
  • Financial support to complete required NCCP courses
  • Entry into monthly draws for Cleve’s Source for Sports prizes

Program Details

To date, over 400 coaches from across the province of Nova Scotia have applied to be a Support4Sport vip coach. These coaches represent more than 40 sports and close to 45% of these coaches identify as female. Of these applicants, nearly 150 coaches have obtained the vip status. We would like to recognize these coaches for their commitment to safe sport, ethical leadership and creating a positive impact in their communities. Here is a list of Support4Sport vip coaches as of July 1st, 2020:

Adam MillerSoccer
Alix d’EntremontSwimming
Ally MerrillArtistic Swimming
Amanda BoulegonHockey
Amanda Silver KaulbackWrestling
Amanda ThompsonWeightlifting
Andrea ThompsonBaseball
Anna MacKenzieRingette
Arielle AucoinRingette
Ashley GraceCheer
Ashley PoirierSoccer
Ashley VroomEquestrian
Augie WesthaverWeightlifting
Axel LawrenceRugby
Beate ShannonVolleyball
Becky WhalenFigure Skating
Ben LovettAlpine Ski
Ben McCarthyGymnastics
Bettina CallaryAlpine Ski
Bill FosterSoccer
Blair SampsonFootball
Brad RossBoxing
Branden BenvieWrestling
Brian MackintoshCurling
Brianna SchootenGymnastics
Bruce MooreBasketball
Bryce FisherFootball
Caelan ShawFreestyle Ski
Cameron ShortRope Skipping
Carol Anne ProstTrampoline
Chauntelle BrewerRugby
Cheryle GastonFigure Skating
Chris MosherCurling
Christian HallCanoe Kayak
Constadina RogersSwimming
Cory BoutilierBaseball
Craig BoyceBasketball
Dan HigginsBasketball
Daniel MacSwainSoccer
Danielle CyrSoccer
David BrownGymnastics
David GreerTennis
David ToddAlpine Ski
Deanne OickleGymnastics and Volleyball
Duane ClearyHockey
Emma DeLoryRugby
Gary WalshKarate
Gilles SaulnierHockey
Grace MacKenzieRingette
Greg DoodyAlpine Ski
Guy DesgagneVolleyball
Jakob JeannotCanoe Kayak
Janet HeppellBasketball
Jared GoadGymnastics
Jared GriffithsSoccer
Jason PetersBasketball and Rugby
Jason ScottJudo
Jeff HouserCanoe Kayak
Jeff MurphyKarate
Jeffery ZahavichTriathlon
Jenna BlackburnSoccer
Jennifer ChaseCurling
Jennifer WeatherheadVolleyball
Jill MacDonaldVolleyball
Joan MacDonaldLawn Bowling
Jo-Anne StanfordCheer
Jolayne MacKenzieVolleyball
Jon ElliottVolleyball
Jonathan RoodeWrestling
Kaitlin SibbaldArtistic Swimming
Kathy MyketynLawn Bowling
Katie ScissonsAlpine Ski
Katja SeufertAlpine Ski
Kegin WattHockey
Kelly TraskVolleyball
Ken BakerRugby
Ken FooteHockey
Kenneth LenihanBaseball
Kevin ElworthyAlpine Ski
Kim WalshWrestling
Kimberly SutherlandSnowboard
Kirsti MasonRingette
Kristin d’EonFreestyle Ski and Snowboard
Kwabby OppongSoccer
Lindsay van KesselSoccer
Luke McFarlandBasketball
Marc FfrenchBasketball
Marijke NelTennis
Mark ForwardBasketball
Matt HoltonSoccer
Matthew TapperHockey
Maura HunterSwimming / Special Olympics
Mayumi EndoLawn Bowling
Megan ConroyVolleyball
Michael CrawfordHockey and Baseball
Michele JeffreyVolleyball
Michelle LynchHockey
Michelle WilsonSwimming
Mike LidstoneWrestling
Mike PerrinHockey
Mike StrangCurling
Mike WhyattSoccer
Moira MilwardSwimming
Monique JohnsonCheer
Nancy BarrettRingette
Natalie Kennie-KaulbachVolleyball
Natalie Randall PriceRugby
Nena EricksonCheer
Nick RichardsRingette and Hockey
Nina BrienBasketball
Paddy ConradRingette and Hockey
Patrick CodyRowing
Patrick ThompsonBadminton
Peter KorisanszkyCanoe Kayak
Peter LordAthletics
Roger HardyAlpine Ski
Roric (Rory) FraserWrestling
Ross hartingerVolleyball
Ryan CornishFootball
Sanford WarrenRugby
Sara WilsonGolf
Sarah MacNeilHockey
Scott ArnoldCurling
Sean FrancoisBasketball and Soccer
Shane KaiserAlpine Ski
Shannon DoaneKarate
Sheila McGinnSpeed Skating
Stefanie ElworthyAlpine Ski
Stephan HanderekBaseball
Stephen KerrArchery
Steve MorleyAthletics
Steve PlumridgeAlpine Ski
Tasia McKennaBasketball
Taylor DempseyRingette
Tom CallaryAlpine Ski
Tracey TullochRingette
Tracy Acker-CanningVolleyball
Tracy BrownRowing
Trudy DeloreyVolleyball
Vera FordVolleyball
Zachary DicksonSnowboard
Zoe MilesSwimming

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