Done with your gear? Take it to the nordic gear swap.

Gear up for a new season

Gear swap and AGM for the Strathcona Nordics coming up at end of October

The Strathcona Nordics are Vancouver Island’s cross-country ski club, and they would like to help you stay fit and have fun this winter. Registration opens for their winter programs on Oct. 1, and they invite you to their Annual Gear Swap and AGM on Oct. 25.

Cross-country ski programs run for 10 weeks in the winter, every Saturday or Sunday from Jan. 10 to March 21, but they say to register now to ensure a spot in a program and to save with early bird prices. The opportunity to get the early bird registration fee rate is Oct. 31.

Visit to learn about programs for children, youth, and adults of all abilities and to register.

The Annual Gear Swap and Nordics’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) also takes place on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Elks Hall in downtown Courtenay, and everyone is welcome.

The schedule for the cross-country ski gear swap is as follows:

Drop off your gently used skate and classic ski gear that you want to sell from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., buy a bowl of chili for lunch, catch up on cross-country ski news at the AGM from 12 to 1 p.m. (note: AGM-attendees get in first to the swap), buy your gear from 1 to 3 p.m., and then pick up unsold gear from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

The club is also looking for members to join their Board of Directors or to get involved as a program coordinator. If you would like to contribute to the growth, development, and management of this excellent club, contact Len Apedaile for more information about joining the board at or visit for more information about the organization.