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Jan 16 (2013-01-16) by Jo-Ann Holden from P1
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #27, #29 (alternative), #29 (shared) [14.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
It was a gorgeous day. 5 stars for the scenery and the weather, but 2 stars for the grooming, or rather the lack of it. There was a groomer spending a great deal of time packing the snow for the upcoming Coupe Skinouk - all appropriate and necessary. However the trails for pass holders were neglected today except for a small narrow strip leading to the parkway. Anyone who is over 40 and losing the cushioning in their knees will have a keen appreciation for the extra iciness and hard, rutted surface of the trails. Yesterday, when grooming was recent, conditions were fabulous. Today, when many, many skiers have packed down the trails, and when the snow has re-hardened, conditions were disappointing. As Megan pointed out yesterday, the Gatineau Park ski conditions page lists the conditions as either good or bad. Conditions were on the low end of middling today. On the plus side, a very large sign has been erected near Asticou, directing walkers to the walking trail. Based on the boot marks on trail 29, it may not be having much of an effect, but at least it is highly visible.
A more upbeat photo from today's ski can be seen on

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.