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Apr 14 (2013-04-14) by Ken Trischuk from P7
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1 [13.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: waxless
Skied out of P7 today. Conditions were pretty good considering it's mid April. For me it was just nice to be skiing in the sunshine. Ridge road has been well "walked" by hikers but surprisingly I only saw 2 small groups of walkers while I skied. By contrast I saw more than a dozen skiers along this stretch and, despite the uneven surface, all of them had smiles on their faces. The first climb out of the lot is getting pretty dirty. Friday's snow is no longer hiding the debris but it was still skiable. Both the steep climb at Wattsford and trail 31 have some gravel showing through but you can ski around them for now (probably changing by the minute!).

Once on top of the ridge the snow depth improved and skiing was pretty decent despite the (many) hikers shallow boot prints. There was clearly some fresh grooming on the Fortune parkway up to Huron but by the time I got there it was pretty slushy. Interesting to see tire tracks on the parkway at the "T" coming from (and headed back to) Black lake. Maybe a truck "jumped" a barrier somewhere (P6?) and went for a "drive" to the lookouts last night?

Anyway, another nice ski on what is likely the last day of grooming. I can't imagine they will groom much tomorrow morning except maybe the Fortune parkway and after that the "season" is over for the groomers. This week has warm rains in the forecast so skiing may become difficult shortly. I'd wager Paul won't get a ski in next weekend but I would have lost the bet that we wouldn't have skied this weekend so I'll keep my money in my pocket. If there will be any snow next weekend... it will be out of P12 .

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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.