Birkie Event Maps

For Maps and Details of each event, follow the links in Cdn Birkie Ski Events

Environment and Terrain

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.
The 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 ski terrain.

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: