Gatineau Park

Trails Skied: #50, #51, #55 (green - shared), #55 (green - alternative), #55 (blue - alternative), #56, Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:

Great conditions, nice sun, a bit windy fresh grooming at lac Phillipe area. My route from P19=>#50=>right on #55=>#56 to the lookout bench=>back down on #56=>#55 left around Taylor lake=>#55 blue=>#55 green=>left on #51=>P19.

Like Ron mentioned yesterday #55, #50, #51 a real treat to ski on. Amazingly my loop around taylor lake down #55 blue nice hill, only met one skier until I reached #51. I decided to visit an old friend today trail #56 first time this year. As you can see in the pictures the trail is left in its backcountry state, no ski-doos on it either, I met 6 guys who had been to Richard Lake Yurt on their way back, they said the journey there was quite a slog especially the part at the turnoff where I instead went to the lookout. You sort of have to improvise going down the hills with one ski on the track and the other on the crusty snow to slow you down.

There had been signs of snowshoers past the bench but not in the past few days at least. No fresh tracks there. You get the feeling of you are far away from the park in that area even though its part of it, so quiet. Had it been warmer I would of dozed off on the bench.

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