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Apr 13 (2013-04-13) by Ken Trischuk from P16
Trails Skied: #50 [14.7km], Glide Wax: Vauhti purple, Grip Wax: waxless
Decided to ski out of P16 today and had a nice glide out to Healy and Herridge. No fresh grooming but none expected. Only one other car in the lot when I arrived but there were a few people who had skied this way earlier than I and they set a nice track. The first climb was still covered with yesterdays snow but it was starting to fade by the time I got back - might be gravel by now that the rain has started. Once in the trees though the snow was plenty deep and apart from a couple of branches to slide across I found no rocks to speak of. Crossed a litle stream that had cut a narrow perpendicular crevasse across the trail and the snow looked to me to be about 12-16" deep (photo).

The fresh snow wasn't too quick but it was still a pleasant day out in the woods and I had the trail all to myself. Never found the owner of the other car and the ski tracks went no farther than Herridge before returning so they must have gone down to Meech and along 36 while I was out. Also noticed the feeders have been removed now so no more buffet for the birds and squirrels. Considering its mid April and excellent outing on the boards.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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
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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
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Max -6°C. Min -15°C.

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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.