55 km Birkie Lite (without pack)

Getting to the Staging Area at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village 
The staging area for the 55 km events is located at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV), 50 km east of Edmonton on Highway 16.  
When do I start?  NEW!!!  Wave Starts
This year’s Canadian Birkie will feature three start waves, with a mix of skiers from 55 km and 31 km events. There will be three start waves; 9:00 am, 9:15, and 9:30; based on skier speed instead of event selection.  Please read how to select your wave.

Get to the Start Line 
  • Long Start Map
What’s the route?
A point to point course from the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village along the east edge of Elk Island National Park and through the scenic Cooking Lake/Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area (PRA).  It is gently rolling terrain which translates to lots of small ups and downs, and trails winding around beaver ponds and hills.

  • 55 km Birkebeiner with Pack and Lite course map  (from 2017)
The finish line for all races is at Waskehegan Staging Area in Cooking Lake/Blackfoot PRA, located just east of Sherwood Park. 
  • Download the Finish Area/ Stadium map
How do I get back to my vehicle after I finish?
A free shuttle bus service for finishers runs from the finish line (in the Stadium) back to vehicles at the Long Start at the UCHV. Runs continuously all day until 5:30 pm.
Spectators, family wanting to pick up finishers
There is no parking at the Waskehegan Staging Area in Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, where the finish lines and stadium are located. Spectators who wish to see the finish of any event can park at the Bethel Transit Station in Sherwood Park (shown here on the Venues Map) and take the Birkie Shuttle to the Finish area. The shuttle take approximately 30 minutes, depending on weather.

There will also be a bus which will run from Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) (Start of Long Courses) to Waskehegan Staging Area (Finish Line, Start of Short Courses) for those who want to see their friend off at the start line and then watch them come across the finish line or ski their own short event. Catch this bus outside the Red Barn at 9:50 am (after the Classical race starts but before the start of the Skate Ski event).