Gatineau Park

Trails Skied: #56, 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.

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