Virtual Canadian Birkie

Stay tuned as we finalize details for 2022 or sign up for our Newsletter at the bottom of this page!

Congratulations 2021 Virtual Birkie participants on a successful inaugural event:

  • 1,110 registrants from across Canada, US and seven European countries
  • 1,134 photos submitted to the photo contests
  • $2,300 in prizes
  • 37 teams
  • 1,921 km skied by SKI-anderthals, the Most KM Group Award winners
  • Over 22,000 total kilometers completed; that is halfway around the world!!

Check out the Virtual Birkie online stories and photos here!  
Team Results now posted!

Can’t travel but still want to experience the Canadian Birkie? Now you can go at your own pace, at your own place! You are invited to join thousands of people around the world completing the Canadian Birkie virtually. This seventeen-day event takes place from February 2022. You can classic ski, skate ski, roller-ski, skijor, cycle, run, ice skate, snowshoe, or walk in a 4, 8, 13, 31 or 55 kilometre event. 

Your Virtual Birkie included the opportunity to:

  • Win prizes with a total value of over $2300 in the Virtual Birkie Photo Contest. GRAND PRIZE: a Cross Country Ski Getaway in the Canadian Rockies. You get two nights at the Castle Mountain Chalets in Banff National Park.
  • Upload your results and see your ranking
  • Compete with people around the world
  • Download a commemorative bib
  • Print an official participant certificate and hang it on your wall
  • Access our special Virtual Canadian Birkie Facebook Group
  • 25% off code for Canadian Maple Syrup Altitude Energy Drink 
  • 15% off code for Alley Kat beer
  • Contribute to our non-profit’s effort to promote cross country skiing
  • Have a great excuse to go outside and enjoy winter

Price Option One: All the above listed benefits for $20 per skier.

Price Option Two: All the above listed benefits PLUS an exclusive red Birkie Thermal Cover for $35 per skier. Keep your phone warm and working while you ski!

Registration closes in February 2022

The $15 Deal

Pay only $15 per person when you sign up four people. That is like getting four people for the price of three. You will get a total of $20 off for signing up four people! Details here

Most Kilometre Group Award

Sign up your friends, office, department or organization for the Most KM Group Award. Check it out here

How it works

  1. Sign up online by selecting your distance and checking off the box to be included in the free prize giveaways and contests  
  2. Cross country ski (skate or classic), roller-ski, skijor, skate, snowshoe, run, walk or cycle your selected distance between in February 2022
  3. Upload your results and course map before 6 pm MST on last day
  4. Tag @canadianbirkie, #VirtualBirkie and #GotheDistance Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Virtual Canadian Birkie Group, or send photo to Photo Contest details here
  5. Check out how you rank online
  6. Print off your certificate and hang it on your wall!

Age limits and safety

Safety for our skiers is our number one priority. As such age limits are part of our critical effort to ensure everyone stays out of harms way and gets home safely. See details for age limits for specific ski distances here.

Birkieland will be open 7am-11pm, seven days a week. There are NO Birkie signs, skier support, trail sweep, food/aid stations, or warm-up fires. Skiers at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area must be self-contained with their own food, drinks, and emergency plan. They must also share the trail with beginner skiers and non-skiers.

No refunds and extra fees

No refunds and non-transferable. Click here to see the Canadian Birkebeiner Refund, Privacy and Cancellation Statements. 

A processing fee for registration will be added at the payment stage and includes a $2 Zone4 Registration System fee and a 3% credit card fee. No sales taxes will be charged.

Got questions?

See our frequently asked questions page.

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