Night skiing, lessons & rentals

A few updates. Night skiing will begin in the new year! Now that we are moving into Red we need to do a little logically planning and will not be doing lessons or rentals this weekend. Thank you for your understanding.

Rentals & Lessons!

Please note that we will not be offering rentals and lessons just yet. There are a few logistics we need to sort out.

Elementary Winter Programs

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.


Winter Program 1: Cross Country Skiing / Snowshoeing

Half Day – $15.00 Per Visit Per Student if 10 or more students

Note: If less than 10 students, public fee rate applies, plus an instructor fee of $40/hour

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, predator/prey survival game, wildlife hike, or Trappers and Traders.  Includes trail fee, snowshoe rentals, and snowshoe guide/outdoor interpreter.

Full Day – $20.00 Per Visit Per Student if 10 or more students 
Note: if less than 10 students, public fee rate applies, plus an instructor fee of $40/hour

For each session, students participate in cross country skiing 
for half the day and snowshoe for the other half of the day. 


Winter Program 2: for grades 1 to 6

Half Day Indoor Curriculum Based program/ Half Day Outdoor Skiing or Snowshoeing

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”.

Full Day – $20.00 Per Day Per Student – includes all ski/snowshoe rentals
Note: if less than 10 students, public fee rate applies, plus an instructor fee of $40/hour


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.



Have any questions? Want to book a date?

Neal Jankowski (Highlands Program Director)
Phone: 1 800 263 5017 or (705) 444 5017

When your trip has been booked

1) Call Highlands Nordic: Confirm final numbers of students, teachers, and parent volunteers. Confirm number of lunch specials. If participating in the ½ day Welcome to Winter program ,we will confirm if your students will be doing snowshoeing or skiing during their first visit.

2) Included in your notice to students, the following list of items they will need to make their day enjoyable:

  • Winter Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm Mitts or Gloves
  • Water Bottle
  • Warm Socks
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Layers of Clothing
  • Winter Jacket
  • Snow Pants
  • Lunch (if applicable)

* If involved in the full day program please bring an extra hat, mitts, and socks.

3) Highlands Nordic Inc. will review a list of rules and etiquette on your groups’ first visit. This helps ensure your students’ day is safe and fun. A copy of our Rules and Etiquette will be sent to you along with a final confirmation. In order to invoice each visit with us, we require a teacher to sign off on the number of students in attendance from your school. This helps to ensure an accurate invoice is issued to your school. Upon completion of your school’s elective program or day visit, Highlands Nordic will send/email your school an invoice.

Click on the links below for all your “Electives Pre-Trip” Information.

Responsibility Code

Trail Etiquette

Food Services

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Our History

History of Highlands Nordic and Highlands Outdoor Education Centre

Highlands Nordic, owned by Larry Sinclair and the Sinclair family, started as a Cross Country Ski Centre located in the Member’s Clubhouse at Duntroon Highlands Golf Club in 1992.  Highlands Nordic built its own lodge in 1997 on one hundred acres of Niagara Escarpment property, which is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve.  Highlands acquired another 100 acres of property in 2003 and has expanded its ski trails to 23km.  By 2013, an additional 7 km of snowshoe only, trails were in use.

Highlands Nordic is not only one of the top Nordic ski centres in Ontario, but now hosts an Outdoor Education Centre, and Highlands Wilderness Day Camp, making Highlands Nordic a well known, year round facility.

Highlands Outdoor Education Centre (also known as HOEC) started as a pond and sensory stroll program for kindergarten students in the year 2000.  Over the years, HOEC has expanded to include programs for all elementary grades.  HOEC’s programs are based on the Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education, and Social Studies, History and Geography strands of the Ontario Education Curriculum guidelines.

Highlands Outdoor Education Centre is a for-profit program run by Highlands Nordic Inc., which is an Ontario Incorporated Business. 

Trail Maps

Click here for the Ski Trail Map
Click here for the Snowshoe Trail Map

For many years we have not had trail maps to hand out, trying to keep it green. While our network has lots of trail signage & maps, we have now gone one step further. Our trail map is now available on Avenza Maps. Download the app to know where you are at all times!

Highlands Nordic makes an effort to be environmently friendly, so we do not have any maps to hand onsite. Our ski and snowshoe trails are well marked at every intersection, with colour coded arrows and maps. We are happy to give advice for which trail to take. All of our ski trails are 30ft wide and are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. 

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