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Jan 27 (2014-01-27) by Jo-Ann Holden from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #3 [15.9km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: VR 40 (minus 4 to minus 12)
I was a bit worried about the wind today but in the end could not resist the lure of sun on fresh snow.

Started at P10. The parkway was suffering windburn, with terribly slow snow, blown-out tracks and decorations of leaves and occasional pine sprigs. However the wind seemed to have abated by the time I started (around 2:30), and the sunlight and fresh snow were intoxicating.

Burma was an enticing diversion from the slog of the parkway. Just a single track most of the way, one of the most enchanting skis of the year. I passed one skier going my way, and met one going in the opposite direction, an uncommonly quiet day for Burma. The sun was low, and the forest was wrapped in long shadows by the time I reached Ridge Road, but my camera was still functioning, proof that the weather was not nearly as cold as it has been. A quick visit to Etienne Brule to check for deer - no deer, but deep, trackless snow - and a visit to the Champlain Lookout and back on Ridge. Ridge was nicely groomed and the tracks were still in good shape, so it was a quick trip back to the car as the sun was setting. What a beautiful afternoon!

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.