Laurentian Ski Hill receives funding, launches strategic plan


Laurentian Ski Hill Secures Funding and Initiates Strategic Plan

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The Laurentian Ski Hill Snowboarding Club has initiated a three-year strategic plan, aiming to foster new collaborations and transform into a year-round destination. This endeavor has received substantial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

Recently, the Laurentian Ski Hill Snowboarding Club expressed its deep gratitude for the generous $72,300 grant from the Resilient Communities Fund, provided by the OTF.

As a non-profit organization, Laurentian Ski Hill is committed to adopting innovative strategies and establishing partnerships that will facilitate the sustainable growth of this vital community asset over the long term. Thanks to the OTF funding, the ski hill has been able to hire additional staff, craft a comprehensive three-year strategic plan, and invest in new equipment and supplies.

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli noted, ‘COVID-19 has posed significant challenges for many not-for-profit organizations in the tourism, culture, sport, and recreation sectors. We take pride in the fact that our government has stepped up to support Laurentian Ski Hill’s recovery through the Resilient Community Fund. Financial assistance from the Ontario government has played a crucial role in enabling the ski hill to develop both a strategic and tourism plan, as well as acquire equipment to enhance their rental shop.’

The Laurentian Ski Hill Snowboarding Club is celebrating its 98th year of operation, representing an invaluable part of our community. It plays a pivotal role in our local economy as a premier tourism attraction within the Nipissing District. The objective is to build upon this legacy and continue nurturing the organization with the collaborative efforts of the Board of Directors, dedicated staff, community partners, and volunteers. This collective effort aims to ensure the ski hill’s long-term viability while creating a recreational haven that will enrich our region for generations to come.

Brad Gavan, president of Laurentian Ski Hill Snowboarding Club, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, ‘The funding received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is a significant leap forward in increasing our human resources capacity and formulating a three-year strategic plan. This plan will enable us to offer an expanded range of services and products to the community and visitors throughout the year.’

The OTF, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost granting foundations, with a 40-year history of supporting projects and partnerships in Ontario communities. Last year alone, OTF invested over $110 million in 1,022 community initiatives and collaborations, which included contributions to the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund.

The Laurentian Ski Hill Snowboarding Club operates as a non-profit organization overseen by a dedicated Board of Directors. Nestled in North Bay, this winter destination offers 1.5 kilometers of slopes, a 106-meter vertical drop, a terrain park, and a licensed cafe, providing skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts with a thrilling experience. Additionally, the ski hill offers rentals, group and private lessons, programs, camps for kids, school initiatives, and much more. For additional details, please visit


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