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Mar 16 (2012-03-16) by Ron Lorenson from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy [4km], Glide Wax: Swix LF10, Grip Wax:
The good news is that thereís still lots of snow - about 30 cm; the bad news is that it ainít crust-cruising. I had hoped to have skating day; instead, I gave up where Meech Creek crosses the FP. It was just too soft for enjoyable skating (and thatís what itís about). The FP had been trackset; however, the skating lane was already cut up since the skis were sinking in. There were still good tracks in place - I think the answer today would be to go classic with fish scales or hairies - that way you probably would have a reasonable day. Tomorrow I will bring both my skating skis and my Fischer crowns.

I totally agree with Andy about wishing for the winters that used to be. Iím long enough in the tooth to have a long memory. I remember a very pleasant March 30 that I spent going up Penguin and telemarking down in deep new snow - today when I was going down in the slop any attempt at a turn would stop me dead.

Iím afraid the future will be more in the hands of the Peter Kents than in the hands of fanatical cross-country skiers. A note of explanation: I use the term ďPeter KentĒ as a synonym for a piece of something that is brown, odious and goes squish under-foot.

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 - Orlťans), 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.