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Mar 4 (2012-03-04) by Paul Jaenicke from N/A
Trails Skied: #56 [10km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Inspired by Jo-Ann's report of her tip out to Richard lake on trail #56, that was my outing today. I started from the unofficial parking lot on Eardley road there were 4 cars when I arrived. I headed out first the opposite direction of the yurt. I made it to the intersection where you can either head back down to Taylor lake or head up to the lookout bench.

That direction is mostly uphill so I had an idea what I was getting into on my way back. Thanks Ron for mentioning in your report about the conditions of trail #56, delightful no more, the hills were difficult to manage with the crust and hikers, snowshoers, it doesn't look like a ski trail.

On my way back I proceeded to head in the direction of the yurt, and went past it about 2km down to Eardley road. The 2km stretch past the yurt was actually the best part, softer snow no crust, I guess the snowmobile going to check out the yurt actually helped the trail.

The horrendous trail coming down from the Lac Richard yurt that Jo-Ann was able to ski down, well that was 2 days ago, I tried it but near the bottom I missed a turn and had a minor fall. I only met 2 skiers all day, but numerous people snow-showing. Regardless of the harder conditions it was pleasant day nice sun not too cold. Good report from Laura today on some of the small backcountry trails near P7.

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.

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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.