The proprietors say that "Tuonela" is a Scandanavian word that describes a place that's "somewhere between heaven & earth." Well, that's as good a description as any of the experience at Ski Tuonela. Our wintertime visits to Tuonela (with & without the kids) are highlights of our year. Whether you're a first-timer or experienced XC skier, you won't forget your time here. The cabins (each with its distinct character) are intuitively designed for both comfort & utility, and the luxurious two-holer outhouse (complete with reading material) ensures that you won't be tempted to linger on those brisk minus-15 mornings and waste any skiing time. Many of the trails are challenging to the beginner, but as another reviewer mentioned, you can take them at your own pace. Chris & Anni's emphasis here is on having fun - and they & their crew do everything they can to establish an environment for you to have fun in. This is a place for outdoor winter enthusiasts who want to experience something that's one-of-a-kind with people of a like mind. You'll want to return as soon as you ski back down to earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ski Tuonela is a wilderness Village situated in the Boreal Forest at the foot of the Cape Breton Highlands, 4km off the Cabot Trail at Goose Cove, St. Ann's Bay. We have 30km of trails for x-country skiing, and a Telemark Hill at the base of which lies the Village comprising nine Chalets, a games room, a central Lodge , Sauna and rental cabins. We are open January thru Easter for skiing and from Labor day thru Halloween for hiking, mountain biking, corporate & other wilderness activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tuonela Ski Village Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada