Cross-country skiing has been on the Canada Winter Games program since the very first Games back in 1967 in Quebec City. The sport expanded to include para nordic events as of the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax.
Men’s cross-country skiing debuted at the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France, in 1924. Women’s cross-country skiing later joined at the 1952 Oslo Games. The sport first appeared at the Paralympic Winter Games in 1976.
All three of Canada’s Olympic cross-country skiing medals have been won by women, including a golden performance by Canada Games alum Chandra Crawford at Turin 2006. Brian McKeever, Canada’s most decorated winter Paralympian of all-time with 16 medals (including 13 gold), joins Crawford in the ranks of notable Canada Games alumni.
Nestled in the scenic central area of PEI, the Nordic site features 24.5 kilometers of groomed recreational ski trails and a combined Nordic and Biathlon Stadium with a 26 lane biathlon range, supporting technical buildings and an accredited competition level trail network to support all common competitive distances up to 4 km in length.