SJAM Winter Trail Snowmobile Groomer Fundraiser

by SJAM Winter Trail and Fresh Air Experience in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

SJAM Winter Trail Snowmobile Groomer Fundraiser
We did it
On 23rd February 2021 we successfully raised $22,127 with 222 supporters in 7 days

Help us replace aging equipment to ensure more seasons of grooming ahead! IMPORTANT: Gift card incentive expired. See below.

by SJAM Winter Trail and Fresh Air Experience in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Update February 22 at 4pm.

Wow. Just over 24 hours into this project we surpassed our fundraising target. The response to this project truly has been overwhelming and we are incredibly grateful. The $10000 supply of Fresh Air Experience Gift Cards has been depleted and can no longer be offered. We have enough to pay for the new skidoo! 

Having spoken as an organizing committee, we have asked to close this campaign. There is enough here to cover the cost of the snowmobile as well as many modifications that will improve the machine for grooming purposes. 

While we wait for the campaign to be closed, note that every dollar contributed through this page will go to trail operations,  equipment costs, or programming on SJAM. THANK YOU!!!

Our Story

For a long time, there was nothing but snowdrifts and misery along the Ottawa river, all winter long. 

Then Groomer Dave had an idea. He got some support from local businesses like Fresh Air Experience, and crowdfunded some money from people like you. He was given an old snowmobile by the NCC, and started pressing snow. 

Five years in, the landscape has been transformed into an incredible winter wonderland. Thousands of Ottawa residents have made the SJAM Winter Trail into a safe, welcoming space for everyone to get outside and enjoy the winter. Now we need your help to keep this incredible project going for years to come. 

Groomer Dave's snowmobiles were becoming a problem. They were regularly having mechanical failures. Repairs take time and money away from grooming operations. Facing a winter with unprecedented demand for skiing on the SJAM during the pandemic winter, Fresh Air made a decision to help ensure uninterrupted grooming. Now SJAM needs your help to pay for its new groomer.

Dave's goal with SJAM is to engage the community. For some people that means shovelling underpasses. For some that might mean volunteering on the grooming team. 

Fresh Air hopes to encourage this community spirit by rewarding financial contributions to the trail. This new snowmobile will allow us to ensure continuity of service into the future, and help us all make the most out of winter.


All contributions will be entered in a contest to win a pair of KV+ Tempesta Ski poles and KV+ Sprint Sunglasses, a package valued at $275.

For contributions over $1000 you get to attend a meet and greet with Groomer Dave at the Groomer Launch Party. Those who are up for it may even get a chance for a short ride on the new skidoo. This will take place at an undetermined covid-safe time in the future (we are hopeful for fall/winter 2021). 


The rewards below were limited to those contributing while supplies of $10000 in gift cards remained. We will have begun the process of distribution. Thank you for your support

For contributions over $100 you will get half the value of your contribution back as a Fresh Air Experience gift card. Contribute $400? Get a $200 gift card. This is a great way to get yourself set with the best gear for SJAM and make sure the trail will be in great shape for years to come.

To keep administrative costs reasonable, we cannot issue gift cards for contributions less than $100. These smaller contributions mean a lot, and are greatly appreciated. As such, only those contributing less than $100 will be entered in the ski pole contest.

Important details 

Contributions to this fundraiser can only be made through this web page. 

The entire amount of your contribution will go directly to the SJAM Winter Trail.

Poles and Sunglasses generously donated by KV+ North America

Fresh Air is providing all gift cards at no cost to SJAM Winter Trail as an incentive to fundraiser contributors to a cumulative value of $10000.

Fresh Air Experience will absorb all related administrative costs at no charge to SJAM. 

Payment processing and additional support have been generously provided by and the Wellington West BIA.

Once your gift card has been prepared, you will receive a notification from Fresh Air. Your gift card will be available for in-store or curbside pickup at 1291 Wellington St W. We are happy to work with you on alternate delivery arrangements as needed. 

Please allow up to two weeks for the processing of gift cards.

Fresh Air's website, which displays available products is

Gift cards have no cash value and can only be redeemed for in-store at 1291 Wellington St West Ottawa. Contact us for assistance using your Gift Card for an online or curbside order.

The global supply chain of cross country skis and bikes has been dramatically impacted by Covid-19. Though Fresh Air Experience always works hard to meet the needs of our customers, we feel contributors to this fundraiser should be aware of these realities when they purchase their gift card. 

Gift cards never expire.

Lost or stolen gift cards cannot be replaced. 

We cannot issue charitable donation tax receipts as part of this program. 

Fresh Air has made an additional cash contribution to SJAM to help with capital and operating expenses.

Additional support for this project has come from the Dovercourt Recreation Centre.

Any correspondence should be addressed to Patrick at Fresh Air using the email address

Thank you for your continued support!

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