This hidden gem of mostly beginner friendly terrain has 8.5 km of classic ski trail loops through pine and aspen forest, bog, meadow, a bit of clear-cut and along the Whitemouth River. The ice storm in 2007 ravaged a stretch of forest on the Pine/Yellow route from the trailhead.
There are plenty of intersecting ATV, logging and Forestry Association Sandilands Discovery Centre trails for snowshoeing, hiking, biking and exploring.
Please do not walk or snowshoe on the ski tracks.
These trails were established in 1986 but have not been maintained for many years and are being restored starting this year. Sections on all routes have twiggy stretches and ATV rutting. Trails are for classic skiing and so far are ski set only. If you’re the first one out after a snow or hiker-trample you’ll be the groomer! There are trail markers and maps at all junctions, the signage is old and being updated.
WRXCS trails are in a Provincial Forest and everyone is welcome but please consider becoming a Whitemouth River XCountry Ski Club member. A hearty membership base can help us lobby as we work on restoration and revitalization.
Membership dues are low, covering cost of CCSAM affiliation and bank dues. Low-income and subsidized memberships are available.
Memberships can be purchased at:
Or go to Zone4 and search Whitemouth River Xcountry Ski
Approx. 75 mins. east of Winnipeg.
Trailhead is 3 KM south of the TransCanada Hwy on the 68B (south extension of the #11 – which is signed for Hadashville).
*** The trail head is 0.9 KM further than the Manitoba Forestry Sandilands Discovery Centre sign – but you continue on the 68B – not through the DC gate.
The road is NOT ploughed past the Discovery Centre sign and that last 0.9KM is a groomed Snoman trail so good manners to the Snoman club would be to not drive on their trail, but it is a road…
So you decide if it’s best to park at the DC gate and ski the 0.9KM along the side of the road or to drive to the trailhead and park there.
Such an adventure just to get to the trailhead!
Please sign-in at the guestbook at the trailhead every visit, for stats!
January 10 update: Red/River route and east side of Blue/Bog route is flattened from hikers, but flattened uniformly so it’s still skiable, just not tracks. The entire west loop of Blue/Bog, and Yellow/Pine are good though grown in, but no hikers/snowshoers.
Dec. 31 Most of RED and some of BLUE trails trampled by walkers.
1. South end of Blue/Bog Loop is grown in so twiggy and narrow. Still lovely if you don’t mind that.
2. Red/River route has some significant ATV damage in some spots be forewarned. And an exciting turn close to the river bank that you don’t want to fall off the edge of! 🙂 It’s just past the warm up shack (remember closed due to covid).