Our Mid-Week Winter Programs are designed to introduce children to cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter survival skills and winter ecology. Fully certified instructors and staff bring a wealth of experience to our school programs offering an unsurpassed level of quality and expertise.
Please be advised that although Highlands trails are patrolled, it is our policy that students be with an adult at all times.
Either cross-country ski or snowshoe
Skiing: students have a half-hour lesson in which they learn proper skiing techniques. After the lesson, students, teachers, and parent volunteers explore nature unique to the Niagara Escarpment along our marked trail system. Includes half-day trail fee, ½ hour lesson, and classic no-wax rentals.
Snowshoeing: per session, the class may choose one of: winter survival, shelter building, compass orienteering, predator/prey survival game, wildlife hike, or Trappers and Traders. Includes trail fee, snowshoe rentals, and snowshoe guide/outdoor interpreter.
For each session, students participate in cross country skiing all day OR
ski for half the day and snowshoe for the other half of the day.
When skiing for the whole day,
there is a self-guided Ski Wayfaring program (using a map, students find markers set along the ski trails)
A mini-loppet (students ski a short course with race bibs, just like in the Olympics) available for the afternoons.
Please specify which choice when booking.
A select number of our core curriculum based, half day Science/Geography/Social Studies programs are now being offered ALL year. Elementary students from grades 1 to 6, spend half day indoors with hands-on learning as they rotate through a series of dynamic activity centres then the other half day, outdoors on cross-country skis or snowshoes enjoying the beauty of a Canadian Winter.
A list of programs available can be found under "Programs - Outdoor Edcuation", Highlands Nordic Overall Flyer.
Teachers and Volunteers Ski and Snowshoe for FREE.
Please note that we expect volunteers to assist students with skis, snowshoes and with trail supervision.
For safety and proper fit, it is recommended that all participants use the Highlands Nordic rental equipment.
ALL students must attend the classic ski lesson unless a skate lesson has been requested.
Students MUST be able to tie their own boot laces.
Lucy Coates-Goorts (Highlands Program Director)
Phone: 1 800 263 5017 or (705) 444 5017
Click on the links below for all your "Electives Pre-Trip" Information.