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Jan 12 (2013-01-12) by Garry Tarr from P8
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , North Loop [4.8km], Glide Wax: CH8, Grip Wax:
According to the Gatineau Park official website, the parkways had been groomed for skating this morning. However, when I got to the Doldrums around 9:30AM I found only one pass had been done, giving a center lane just wide enough to skate on. Of course given the amount of traffic on the Doldrums this meant one had to pull over to the side frequently to allow skiers coming the other way to pass. The classic tracks (and the border near them) were hard and glazed with freezing rain. I can't imagine how anyone could classic ski on such a surface. The congestion was compounded by about four groups of Chelsea Nordic skiers practicing skating. At one place they had placed cones across the track to create a slalom course. They were very polite, but they really shouldn't have been blocking the road in such a busy area on Saturday morning. I next skied up the Gatineau Pkwy from P8 to Mica. Conditions here were much better. There had been two groomer passes, creating a nice wide skate lane. However, the classic tracks had not been touched, and were still completely glazed over with wet ice. There was also far less traffic on this section, making for a very pleasant exercise skate ski. The grooming appeared to extend up the Champlain Pkwy and also down towards Pink Lake. The temperature was exactly 0C when I started, and the snow was hardly wet. I felt a blast of warm air coming in at the ridge above P5, so the melt will probably begin this afternoon. In the meantime skate skiing is great- but stay away from the Doldrums! I found CH8 and rilling gave very fast skis.

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 - 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.