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Mar 5 (2012-03-05) by Ron Lorenson from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #3, #9, #18, #20, #21 [25.3km], Glide Wax: Dibloc blue LF, Grip Wax: A base of green klister mixed with tar and Start "super" green - klister wasn't needed
It was a perfect day for my bit-of-everything classic loop - parkway, Ridge, Burma, and backcountry. This loop is:
P10 => FP => #1 => #18 => #21 => #20 => #9 => #3 => FP => P10.
An ideal day with January snow and March sunshine. The tracks were on the slow side with the cold snow. All the trackset trails I took had just been done; the tracksetting was flawless on the Fortune Parkway and on #1, Burma was good in places but also had rough sections (probably the result of Saturday’s thaw). All the backcountry trails had good tracks with a layer of about 1 cm of new snow in the tracks. Off-track there is about 25 cm of powder covered with a light crust that breaks away easily if you go off track. Out of the track the skis sink in about 2-4 cm but the poles go to bottom - it’s not that hard to make your own trails.

A very enjoyable day - the only difficult thing was tearing myself away from the pond on #20 - a beautiful place.

If you want a good classic or backcountry day tomorrow should be ideal - with the forecast of rain for later in the week it might be the last good classic day for a while.

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.

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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.