Birkie Event Maps
For Maps and Details of each event, follow the links in Cdn Birkie Ski Events
Topography: The Canadian Birkebeiner takes place in an
incredibly unique and special environment with perfect terrain for long
distance cross country skiing. The ski courses are part of the glacial Cooking Lake Moraine.
It is gently rolling terrain which translates to lots of small ups and downs,
and trails winding around beaver ponds and hills.
trails wind through a dominant aspen forest parkland that is home to
many quintessential Canadian winter wilderness species, such as moose, elk, deer, porcupine, etc.
The perfect cross country ski terrain: The
undulating landscape typical of the reserve is absolutely ideal cross country
Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area Trails
Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area has 170 km of trails of which the Canadian Birkie uses approximately 80 km for the annual ski event. There are almost 85 km of hiking / mountain biking / skiing trails in the park and 85 km of equestrian trails. One section of the equestrian trail system is used for the Birkebeiner ski event in February. Detailed Summer and Winter trail maps are available at park kiosks or on the park's website.
City of Edmonton Trails
There are at least 12 parks in Edmonton's river valley that have great
hiking / mountain biking trails. Some of the paved trails are plowed
in the winter for year-round running and walking. Many of the trails
are groomed for cross-country ski trails in the winter season.
Strathcona Wilderness Centre Trails
Strathcona Wilderness Centre is approximately 4 km from the Birkie trails. There are 12 km of groomed ski trails, a daylodge with ski rentals and a dorm-style lodge for group bookings. Check them out on the Strathcona County website: