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Feb 26 (2012-02-26) by Garry Tarr from P11
Trails Skied: #50, #52, #36 (blue) [28.2km], Glide Wax: CH6, Grip Wax: Swix green
I set up a car shuttle with some friends allowing me to depart from P11 and end at P17. It was a great day for classic skiing, and the skaters seemed to be having fun too. I started out on Trail 36, following it to the bench at Meech Lake and then up the hill to the intersection with Trail 50. Grooming was fresh and expertly done. I saw no sign of rocks on the steep downhills near P11 that are often bad. There were some rough sections on these downhills- it felt like there was rough ice under the snow- but all was controllable. Everywhere else the tracks were fresh powder. My Swix green grip wax was a bit marginal in the sun but worked well in the shade. It was a spectacular morning with snow clinging to the cedars under blue skies, reminding me of Cypress Bowl (OK, the snow wasn't quite that deep...). I met my friends on Trail 50 (they had taken the shorter route from P16) and we continued to Herridge for lunch. Trail 50 and Herridge were very busy, as one would expect on such a perfect day. Continuing west the crowds thinned out somewhat. We climbed to the ridge on 52 and then descended into the valley. Once again we found fresh grooming. All the steep downhills were powdery soft perfect. We arrived at P17 in the early afternoon to find it full, and also found P16 full when we completed the car shuttle. It's good to see so many people taking advantage of exceptional conditions, but parking is becoming a problem even in the larger, more out-of-the-way lots. Get out and enjoy the last few hours of sunshine this afternoon if you can!

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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.