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Dec 31 (2013-12-31) by Jo-Ann Holden from P12
Trails Skied: #36 (blue) [6.5km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Vaughti Green Fluor (minus 8 - minus 25)
Trail 36 can be such a delight, with classic tracks which roll up, and down and around, as well as some of the best scenery in the park. We chose this trail for those reasons as well as for the shelter it offered against today's cold temperatures. As well, the NCC website indicated that it was groomed this morning.

Rather than being a delight, today's ski was a disappointment. Temperatures were not a problem, in fact, I was a bit too warm with my fuzzy boot warmers and wind-proof mitts. The trail was ski-able, but if grooming was done, it was a bargain basement grooming done in quick fashion with sub-standard equipment, the kind of grooming you might be happy to see at a third rate conservation ski area. The tracks were often missing or only half the depth they should have been. There were corrugated sections of trail that looked as though a snowmobile had passed by while the snow was wet. (!?) The edges were not properly compacted, and there were frequent sections of icy snowballs, particularly at corners. The downhills required quite a bit of attention, and were scraped down to a very hard base in many spots. The rocks are still in evidence at the section downhill, but more snow will take care of that. On a more positive not, there was no evidence of walkers or snowshoers using the trail!

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.