Gatineau Park

Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd , #7, Glide Wax: yellow LF, Grip Wax: waxless

P6 - trail 7- Champlain Parkway to past top of Blacks

A lovely ski and it was not even raining much. Trail 7, marked as "not recommended" was fun and absolutely ski-able. It was slightly soft and dirty from neglect, but otherwise very pleasant. There was one very small bare spot which could be skirted easily(or marked with one of those flashy green signs that Demsis has taken a fancy to). I think Paul has hit it on the head with his comment about the trails now marked as "not recommended". It means they are no longer grooming them.

7 was so good, it was tempting to ski down 15 also, to Pink Lake and beyond, but the thought of all that uphill work at the end of the afternoon seemed a bit cruel. Instead, after some agonizing, I headed back up the Champlain Parkway just slightly past Black Lake, to see if there were any bare spots materializing in the usual spots. There are none yet, and coverage was excellent. There were a few suspicious gray spots, though, which means some bare patches in the next day or two.

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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