Sawmill Trail Conditions

Tue 23 Nov 9:47am

Hello everyone. The trail is white! 6 of snow and -4. I had the Grizzly out for the first time this morning. Two way, Easy St and Paper clip have been packed. The ground is still warm so conditions may deteriorate. Ron

Colpoys Trail Conditions

Stay Tuned

Trail conditions will be updated once grooming starts.

Jackrabbit Update

Stay Tuned

Jackrabbits updates will be posted as needed.

Welcome to the Bruce Ski Club
Grey and Bruce Counties, Ontario

The Bruce Ski Club operates some of the most affordable, accessible and best maintained cross-country ski trails in southern Ontario.

Members have unlimited access to the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails at all Bruce Ski Club locations. Individual and family memberships are available. Non-members may purchase a day pass at a very reasonable rate.

  • Sawmill Nordic Centre in Hepworth, Ontario, is our most popular location. This site has trails for novice and advanced skiers. The trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The centre also features a lit loop for night skiing and snowshoe trails cut through rolling hardwood and evergreen stands.
  • Colpoys Ski Trail is located northeast of Wiarton, Ontario. It offers cross-country skiing through gently rolling, sheltered woods and open fields. There are many great views across Colpoy’s Bay.

Trail reports: Trail condition reports are posted on our website and Facebook page. These are based on the last time the trails were groomed or checked. Conditions may have changed since the last report due to weather or other circumstances. As always, please ski with caution.

The Bruce Ski Club hosts events throughout the year for both novice and expert cross-country skiers. This includes the Jackrabbit cross-country ski program for children, an annual used ski equipment swap and ski races for adults, teens and children.

Special thanks to our patrons, sponsors, friendsmembers and volunteers. Together these people and businesses support the Bruce Ski Club’s mission of keeping cross-country skiing affordable.

COVID-19 Changes at the Trails

Guest Responsibilities

  • Masks or other face coverings that cover both the mouth and nose are mandatory at all times unless physical distancing can be achieved (a minimum of 6 feet). We also suggest wearing a mask while using the port-a-potty due to the confined space.
  • Guests are asked to refrain from visiting the Bruce Ski Club trails if they are ill or have had a known or possible exposure to COVID-19 within the previous 14 days.
  • Guests should not congregate in groups. Do your ski and head home.
  • If there is stay-at-home order in place, the Bruce Ski Club advises people from outside our region that they should NOT be traveling to our trails during that time.
  • We recommend that you download COVID Alert on your phone. This is Canada's free app that helps us break the cycle of COVID-19 infection. The app can let app users know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.
In addition, Bruce Ski Club has made the following changes at our trials to make them safe for our members during this pandemic:
  • Closed Gerry’s Place (warm-up cabin) at Sawmill Nordic Centre
  • Added a second entrance to the Sawmill Nordic Centre trails from the end of the parking lot.
  • Spread out ski racks to promote physical distancing.
  • Posted appropriate signs advising people to physical distance distance.
  • Implemented an online day pass purchase interface.
  • If it gets too busy (aka parking lots exceeding capacity), we may switch to members-only skiing.
  • Clean port-a-potties once a day.
  • Placed signage on trails outlining COVID-19 protocols.

Latest News

Pick Up Some “New” Used Skis at the BSC Ski Swap

The Bruce Ski Club Annual Ski Swap will be held November 13, 2021 at Suntrail Source for Adventure in Hepworth. This ski swap is for the benefit of the members of the Bruce Ski Club and the cross-country skiing community. All proceeds of this swap are used to help...

Come Ski Lila’s Loppet on Sunday, February 28, 2021

Georgian Bay Nordic (GBN) is holding Lila's Loppet this weekend at Sawmill trails. The plan is to do 25 km classic skiing and 25 km skate skiing as a continuous pursuit, but you are free to choose any distance and technique that challenges you. The event will run...

Welcome New Bruce Ski Club Members

What an amazing ski season we have had so far this year. We have grown from 900 members to over 1300. The purpose of this message is to welcome all our new members to the club. It's been really great to see all the new skiers out on the trails having a great time....

Canadian Ski Marathon is Virtual This Year

Due to COVID-19, this year's Canadian Ski Marathon will be held virtually. So now you can join in the fun while skiing at Sawmill Nordic Centre or Colpoys Bay. It's a pretty good deal: the registration fee is reduced, the distance is reduced and successful completion...

Things to Do During a Pandemic

by Marilyn Suke Educational Opportunities to Access Mostly free! Our National (Nordiq Canada) and Provincial (Cross Country Ontario) Governing bodies are offering on line training for Officials and Coaches. Most of these courses are free and can be done at your own...

Jackrabbits Report – December 2020

by David White What did one snowman say to the other snowman? Do you smell carrot? Please read through the Return to Sport document at the end of this newsletter. It contains important information about how to keep skiers, family members, coaches and the ski community...

Georgian Bay Nordic Update – December 2020

by Marilyn Suke On November 27 I would be far happier waxing skis than trying to decide if I should cut the lawn. Sigh. GBN has now started training at our Hepworth home. Great to all be together again. As well, we are (running) Jack’s time trials on Thursdays and...

Special Teams Update – December 2020

by Laura Howlett The Owen Sound Waxwings and Katie from the Center Bruce Snow Gliders have completed 6 weeks of dry land training out of doors, including both trail clean up events. Attendance has been close to 100% and it seems like the athletes are really enjoying...

Race Report – December 2020

by Ken Clarke Most years I would be saving my thank you's to the volunteers for the newsletters following the races.... Thank you to all the new and returning members who chose Race Volunteer at registration. And thank-you to everyone who worked hard to help plan for...

Colpoys Ski Trail Report – December 2020

by Richard Bonert A big thank you to all of you who helped with the fall work on Saturday 24 October. All trails have been worked over. We had some teaser snow, all gone now, but we also had a big storm which put again about a dozen trees across the trails including a...

Sawmill Nordic Centre Report – December 2020

by Fred Scheel This fall has been a busy time period for the Sawmill Trail. New lights, new equipment to prepare, wider doors on the equipment shed and of course the development of a COVID protocol for an anticipated busy ski season. All in all , we are ready for the...