31 km Birkie Tour

31 km Tour – February 13, 2021

A fun event geared to those wanting to ski an intermediate distance, testing their skill and stamina. A point to point course covering much of the 55 km trail with the same start and finish lines.

Start Line
The staging area for the long (31 km and the 55 km) events is at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV), located 50 km east of Edmonton on Highway 16.  It takes 45 minutes to an hour to get there, please give yourself plenty of time.

Wave Starts
The Canadian Birkie features three start waves, with a mix of skiers from 55 km and 31 km events at 9:00 am, 9:15, and 9:30; based on skier speed instead of event selection. Please read Waves to see how to select your wave.

Start Times
8:50 a.m. Official Long Start program
9:00 a.m. 31 km and 55 km 1st wave start
9:15 a.m. 31 km and 55 km 2nd wave start
9:30 a.m. 31 km and 55 km 3rd wave start
9:40 a.m. 31 km and 55 km start closed

What’s the route?
A point to point course from the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village along the east edge of Elk Island National Park and through the scenic Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. It is gently rolling terrain which translates to lots of small ups and downs, and trails winding around beaver ponds and hills.

Age Limits

  • Children 2 – 11 years of age are not allowed.
  • Children 12 – 17 years of age are not recommended. If they register, they must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian.

Finish Line
The finish line for all races is at Waskahegan Staging Area in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot PRA, located just east of Sherwood Park.

How do I get back to my vehicle after I finish?
A free shuttle bus service for finishers runs from the finish area back to vehicles at the Long Start at the UCHV. Runs continuously from 10:30 am until 5:45 pm.

Spectators, family wanting to pick up finishers
There is no parking at the Waskahegan Staging Area in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, where the finish lines and stadium are located. Spectators who wish to see the finish of any event can park at the Bethel Transit Station in Sherwood Park (shown here on the Venue Map) and take the Birkie Shuttle to the Finish area. The shuttle take approximately 30 minutes, depending on weather.

There will be one transport at 9:45 am which will run from Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) (Start of Long Courses) to Waskahegan Staging Area (Finish Line, Start of Short Courses). Catch the van outside the Red Barn.

Registration Package Pick-up
Pick up your registration package at the Nordic Fair.

More details

Please see the Program Guide for more details.

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