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Mar 10 (2013-03-10) by Garry Tarr from P8
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, North Loop, #1, #1B, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #3 [22.5km], Glide Wax: CH8 plus rilling, Grip Wax:
Skate ski from P8 along the Doldrums, across the Connector, up the Fortune Parkway, then west on Ridge Road and 1B to the Blanchet trail, return via Burma. Skiing wasn't fast, but was quite enjoyable on a snow base that is not yet granular but is getting a bit wet. The best and fastest skiing was on the shadier sections of Ridge Road. There had been grooming all along the route, but by noon almost all traces of grooming had been flattened by skier traffic. Still, the surface was quite flat and the skiing easily controllable. The lack of sun made for uniform glide. The final descent on Burma was a delight, fast enough but with no need to snowplow. There were surprisingly few skiers out for a relatively nice Sunday afternoon. I doubt conditions will change much over the rest of the day, so if you have time get out and take advantage of the first Daylight Saving Time evening of 2013. Some rilling of the ski bases is a good idea.

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.