The Nakkertok ski club has a brand-new clubhouse after its former log cabin was destroyed by fire in a suspected arson in March.


Nakkertok ski club volunteer John Stephenson helped co-ordinate building efforts for the new clubhouse. (CBC)

It cost just $85,000 — raised by the club's members — to build the new clubhouse, which was constructed in a little more than a month.

The club's trail network consists of 80 kilometres of trails concentrated in two sectors — Nakkertok South in Cantley, Que., and Nakkertok North in Val-des-Monts, Que. — with a backcountry trail linking the two.

One of the club's founders, Maurice Holloway, said the former log cabin was built by volunteers in 1979. It was named after skier Tony Ostrum, who built the former log cabin and later died in a plane crash.

The cabin was destroyed in March, and members of the club suspect vandals are to blame. The Ottawa police arson unit investigated after finding beer bottles nearby.

"It was devastating," Holloway said. "A lot of children had a lot fun there, staying overnight and having fires, barbecues, bonfires. And in the summertime as well, they enjoyed it."

The new cabin was built in a new location near Highway 366 at Nakkertok North. They hope that'll keep vandals away, and maybe attract new skiers to the sport.


Maurice Holloway is one of the founding members of the Nakkertok ski club. (CBC)

It took five Saturdays to put up the structure, and about 10 to 15 volunteers showed up each day to do it, according to construction co-ordinator John Stephenson.

"I just put out the email saying, 'Hey, we're starting our construction,' and the bodies came," Stephenson said. "And that's what makes Nakkertok really nice, is that there's so many people that are willing to step up to the plate and help out any way they can.

"It's a work in progress. It's really nice to see the end result," he said.

The club has also done some fundraising to buy a new machine to groom trails, and they're hoping to open up new routes this season.