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Feb 26 (2012-02-26) by Ron Lorenson from P11
Trails Skied: #50, #36 (blue) [21.2km], Glide Wax: Swix LF7, Grip Wax: Start super green over tart - still no klister
This was my day for #36 - it was glorious! Went from P11 to the intersection of 50/52 via #36 and #50 and back. Since Gary and I seemed to be polishing each others tracks on #36 & #50 throughout the day I can only iterate his comments that the tracksetting was extremely professional. One caveat regarding the ice on the downhill to the bay on #36: the tracksetter appeared to hit something difficult under the snow and left two short icy and irregular sections. As Gary indicated they’re doable; however, their difficulty derives from going from perfect powder conditions to irregular ice. These sections are well-marked with a green “danger” sign and with yellow Bannerguard - when you see them just prepare yourself to do a bit of work before you get back onto paradise-powder.

I was quite impressed with Ken’s report yesterday about the joys of bushwacking around Lac Richard and on #56. It was a great report. It gave an excellent picture of a special part of the park that not that many skiers get to. Many of my best ski days have been spent there. One delight on #56 is to ski in unbroken powder out of the track down from the lookout to Taylor Lake. I’ve observed over the years that there is always more snow on #56 than anywhere else in the park.

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.