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Dec 30 (2013-12-30) by Ken Trischuk from P12
Trails Skied: #1, #2 (blue), #2 (from #40 to #1), #3, #24, #33, #40, #18, #21, #38 [24.7km], Glide Wax: green, Grip Wax: Teho green binder covered by Swix special green
Skied a loop out of P12. Only a few brave souls out but it wasn't as cold as I thought it would be and quite nice in the sun. Most all of the groomed trails were freshly tracked and in excellent shape except 33 which was likely groomed on the weekend but was still nice. I tried a few of the BC trails (18, 21, 20 and 38). They were skiable but a little crusty. I'd think anything steep would be tough to manage but the base is there for the next powder day.

Interestingly I came across a groomer at 4pm making his way out Ridge road near 2. Not sure if he was headed to the tower (which looked fine to me but I didn't ski all the way out there) or perhaps going to groom 33, but at any rate grooming was still going on at the end of the day.

I also saw the lot attendant redirecting a snowshoer to head to P13 and not start out at P12 so at least some of that traffic is bring headed off.

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.