Ski For Light Canada Upcoming Events

Our 2025 event will be February 2 to 8 in Canmore, Alberta.

Ski for Light Canada 2025

The 2025 Ski For Light Canada event will be held February 2 to 8 in the charming mountain town of Canmore, Alberta. Just one hour west of Calgary in the Canadian Rockies, we will be skiing will be at the outstanding, world class Canmore Nordic Centre, where we will have a separate trail for practice and races. A six minute drive from the Nordic Centre is the event hotel, the cozy Chateau Canmore. Rooms are equipped with gas fireplaces, kitchenettes, and comfortable beds. Service dogs are welcomed. The Chateau also has an excellent fitness centre that includes heated indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, dry sauna and workout room. The Chateau’s Restaurant Chez Francois will be serving breakfast and dinner at the Chateau. A boxed lunch will also be provided. Chez Francois is able to accommodate a variety of dietary needs.

If you’ve never been to Ski for Light Canada before, you may have some questions.

Ski for Light Canada hosts a week-long cross-country skiing event. It pairs up blind and/or partially sighted cross-country skiers with experienced, sighted cross-country ski guides. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

The Venues

The events are held in Western Canada. All venues are blind friendly. Trails are always double tracked so that skiers and guides can ski side by side.

Events are often held at William Watson Lodge, a barrier-free, wilderness lodging for persons with disabilities. It is situated in beautiful Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, overlooking Lower Kananaskis Lake. The goal of this facility is to connect people of all abilities, all ages and all cultures to recreational opportunities in nature

When not held at William Watson Lodge, the event is held in a more conventional resort where accommodations are in a fully equipped hotel with a short bus ride to and from the skiing area each day.

William Watson Lodge
William Watson Lodge
William Watson Lodge

Past Ski for Light Canada Events

2024 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge.
2023 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge. CBC coverage of event, CTV coverage of event.
2022 – canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 – canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2019 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge. Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) produced a video of this event.
2018 – Vernon, British Columbia, at Sovereign Lakes
2017 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
During the event, “Accessible Media Inc.” did some video-recording for broadcast on AMI TV.
2016 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2015 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Sun Peaks
2014 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2013 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake
2012 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2011 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake
2010 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2009 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2008 – Vernon, British Columbia, at Sovereign Lakes
2007 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge
2006 – West Bank, Kelowna, British Columbia
2005 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, assisted by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 – 341, liaison by Brian McIvor
2004 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, assisted by Overlander Ski Club, liaison by Tor Ring
2003 – Castlegar, British Columbia, at Mud Lake, assisted by Nordic Lodge No. 76, Castlegar Nordic Ski Club, Blackjack Ski Club, Rosalind, liaison by Erik Knudsgaard
2002 – Red Deer Alberta at Heritage Ranch, assisted by Parkland Cross country Ski Club and Aspelund lodge No.51, liaisons by Mark and Ruby Eunier
2001 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at Holiday Park, assisted by Saskatoon Blind Skiers Club, liaison by Judy Prociuk
2000 – Kelowna British Columbia, at McCulloch Lake, assisted by Kelowna Nordic Ski Club, liaison by Pete Christensen
1999 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, liaison by Ross Watson
1998 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, assisted by Stake Lake Ski Club, liaison by Tor Ring
1997 – North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at White Tail Resort. Combined event with Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers, liaison by Pat Prokopchuk.
Events after 1996 are hosted by the Ski for Light Board with assistance as listed.
1996 – Castlegar, British Columbia, at Mud lake, by Nordic lodge No. 7 – 76
1995 – Edmonton, Alberta, at Waskehegan Staging area, by Solglyt Lodge No. 4 – 143
1994 – North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at Finlayson Island, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 – 567
1993 – Victoria, British Columbia, at Mount Washington, by Eidsvold Lodge No. 7 – 53
1992 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Fjellsyn Lodge No. 4 – 591 Olds and Aspelund Lodge No. 4 – 571
1991 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 – 341
1990 – North Battleford, Saskatchewan, at Finlayson Island, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 – 567
1989 – Castlegar, British Columbia, at Castlegar Golf Course, by Nordic Lodge No. 7 – 76
1988 – Vernon, British Columbia, at Silver Star, by Sol Land Lodge N0. 7 – 121
1987 – Prince George, British Columbia, at Silver Wing, by Rondane Lodge No. 7 – 71
1986 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by Brubyen Lodge No. 4 – 576
1985 – Kamloops, British Columbia, at Stake Lake, by Leif Erikson Lodge No. 7 – 93
1984 – Kananaskis, Alberta, at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from William Watson Lodge, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 – 341
1983 – Victoria, British Columbia, by Eidsvold Lodge No. 7 – 53
1982 – Edmonton, Alberta, by Solglyt Lodge No. 4 – 143
1981 – Vancouver, British Columbia, but cancelled due no snow, by Sliepner Lodge No. 7 – 8
1980 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by Nisse Lodge No. 4 – 567
1979 – Calgary, Alberta, by Valhalla Lodge No. 4 – 341
1978 – Castlegar, British Columbia, at Nancy Green Lake, by Nordic Lodge No. 7 – 76
The first Ski For Light Canada event was hosted by Nordic Lodge No. 76 (Sons of Norway) and held in Castlegar, British Columbia, before Ski for Light Canada was officially formed.

“Attending Ski for Light Canada gives me a big mid-winter boost with all the fresh air and exercise followed by relaxed socializing. Ski for Light Canada is well organized and attended by friendly and supportive people.”

Chris White, Skier

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