Gatineau Park

Trails Skied: #50, #51, #52, #53, Glide Wax: Dibloc blue LF over graphite, Grip Wax: Swic green

Reporting on the Wakefield Loop which is one of most pleasant and most scenic classic loops in the park. It's a bit more that 20 km.
Clockwise itís: P17 => #53 => #52 => #50 => P19 => #51 => #53 => P17
Counter-clockwise itís: P17 => #53 => #51 => P19 => #50 => #52 => #53 => P17.
Clockwise you start with some significant climbs up to the top of the ridge on #52 after that itís easy downhills and ego-building gliding on downhill false-flats.
Counter-clockwise itís a long series of gentle climbs followed by some great downhills on #52 - the hill down to Brown Lake is a run that shouldnít be missed.

Either way itís fantasy classic skiing. On #51, #52, & #53 youíre skiing through evergreens. #52 is special with creeks, small lakes and groves of almost old-growth white pine and hemlock.

It's possible to lengthen the loop by bypassing the #51 shortcut and/or including the #55 loop around Taylor Lake

When I started from P17 it was -22 C so - fearing ice-cream headaches on the downhills - I decided on clockwise. For today it was a good choice. The climbs gave me enough time to admire the scenery. The rest of the way it was pleasure without challenge. The tracksetting was good everywhere. Starting off there was little glide in the shade but good in the sun; later on it was good everywhere. Needless to say grip wasnít a problem. There was great snow coverage everywhere with no gravel or rocks showing. Off-track on #52 there is about 65 cm of snow.

Next time - on a warmer day - Iíll do it counter-clockwise and indulge myself with the Brown Lake hill.

Gatineau park map

Gatineau Park is ski paradise! The network of ski trails offer machine groomed skate skiing and classic skiing as well as little groomed backcountry trails. Multiple access points allow skiers to access a variety of terrain and scenery. The NCC offers season or daily pay rates.

Gatineau park map

For suggestions on where to ski, excellent trail descriptions, photos and maps checkout Michael McGoldrick`s website about recreational xc-skiing in Canada`s National Capital Region (with an emphasis on the Gatineau Park).

Gatineau park map