September 14, 2018

Although still officially summer for another week or so, we hope at least some of you enjoyed the recent portent to the pending changing of the season… We had at least one skier out on our trails, playing in the snow, as transient as it was. It was an entertaining prelude, but we look forward to a more amenable transition into autumn, with plenty of time to enjoy the fall colours and prepare for the real deal a few months away. And, of course, time to partake in our annual Fall Open House on Sunday, September 30, with a trail run in the morning and an afternoon full of outdoor fun – see below for details.

The sale of our used XC equipment returns, with skis, boots, and poles available for purchase at the Fall Open House, details below. And, our winter XC programs are now open for registration; you can get all the info starting on page 58 of the Fall 2018 Recreation Guide.  

See you on the trails!

2018 Fall Open House 

Trail run at 10 am:
  • Pre-register online at:
  • Event day registration from 9 - 9:45 am
  • $10 registration fee
  • 2 km mini run, 7.5 km, 5 km, and 22km
  • Refreshments and draw prizes following the run

Family Activities from 1 - 4 pm:
• "Build a better world" with the Bookmobile
• flint and steel sparks
• geocaching
• sale of used Strathcona Wilderness Centre cross country skis and snowshoes
• walks with St. Albert Timber Trekkers Volksmarch
• trail walks
• disc golf
• digital scavenger hunt
• treats around the campfire
• face painting
• and more!

SWC Used XC Rental Gear Sale:

  • Gear will be on sale during the Fall Open House, Sunday, September 30, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre
  • First-come, first-served basis
  • Equipment sold as is, no returns, no warranty
  • Payments accepted via debit card, M/C, VISA, or cash
  • Please email questions to

Touring ski equipment:

Fischer Fiber Crown waxless touring skis, w/ NNN Auto bindings: $100*

  - ski lengths available: 172 - 207 cm

Fischer Sprint Crown Jr. waxless skis, w/NNN Jr bindings: $75*

  - ski lengths available: 90 - 170 cm

Fischer XC Comfort boots: $50*

  - sizes available: 36 - 49

Fischer XJ Sprint boots: $40*

  - sizes available: 27 - 35

XC touring poles: $15*/pr.

  - lengths available: 90 - 160 cm

Skate ski equipment:

Fischer Skate skis w/ NNN NIS Skate bindings: $200*

  - ski lengths available: 172 - 182 cm (limited quantities)

Fischer Skate boots: $95* 

  - sizes available: 34 - 47 (limited quantities)

Skate poles: $30*/pr.

  - lengths available: 145 - 175 cm

*GST will be added

Book the lodge
Did you know that our main lodge is available to book? It has meeting/dining space for up to 50 people, and overnight accommodations for 40; a fully equipped kitchen, commercial cooking grill, barbecue, fireplace, dormitories and meeting space in the lower lodge.