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Jan 28 (2012-01-28) by Ken Trischuk from P6
Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, #1B, Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd , #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #24, #1 (blue) [24.5km], Glide Wax: Vauhti blue, Grip Wax: Vauhti Tar then Swix Extra Blue
Skied from P6 out to McKinstry today. Started a little later in the day and was initially thinking skating would have been a good choice as it took me a while to dial in the grip wax from a selection I had brought. As it started to snow however my choice of Vauhti Tar (0 to -2C) started to work great so I continued out Ridge road to McKinstry (Must have missed Karl and his birthday crew - best wishes!). Sadly just short of the hut my skis started to ice up as I suspect the temperature dropped a little and there was getting to be a lot of fresh wet snow. Trudged to the hut and scrapped off the ice before going to Extra blue. This worked quite well for most of my trip back but once again started to ice by the time I got to Champlain lookout. Out of wax tricks in my bag I periodically kicked off the ice and got good grip/glide for a few hundred meters before it started to bind up and I'd have to repeat the process. Not one to say a bad word about fresh snow I bit my tongue and skied on finally getting back to the car slightly longer than I had anticipated. It was indeed a beautiful day in the woods regardless of my wax woes. As the evening winds picked up it was a little like being in a chandelier shop during an earthquake as the icy branches tinkled all around me.

On the plus side there was probably 4 or 5 cms of new snow on the ground when I was pulling away (and still falling) so one would think they will groom up the primary trails in the morning so we can all try again!

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report Groomers

Maps: Trail Distance Map NCC Winter Trails Interactive trail conditions 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.

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).

The NCC also maintains a grooming report on-line. If you encounter people walking on groomed trails, you are best advised to contact the NCC. They are responsible for the enforcement on this so report those trail wreckers whenever you see them by calling 819-827-2020 (Visitor Centre), or email


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Current Weather

Observed at: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Int'l Airport
Date: 9:00 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: -7.5°C
Wind Chill: -9
Wind: S 3 km/h
Humidity: 81%
Dew point: -10.2°C
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 7:23 EST
Sunset: 17:09 EST
Max -6°C. Min -15°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 5:14 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017)

Wednesday night
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Low minus 16.
A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries in the afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early in the afternoon. High minus 5.
Thursday night
Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the evening. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light late in the evening. Low minus 14.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Friday night
Clear. Low minus 15.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Saturday night
Cloudy. Low minus 12.
Flurries. High minus 2.
Sunday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12.
A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 9.
Monday night
Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of snow. High minus 7.