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Feb 2 (2014-02-02) by Paul Jaenicke from P7
Trails Skied: #30, Champlain Pkwy, #4, #8, #14, #17, #19, #22, #34 [22.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
It does not get any better then this: nice and mild weather, lots of snow, partly sunny, you could tell this was a good day, at P7 even the overflow parking lot had only a few spots left.

Today was definitely a backcountry day, my route was from P7=>#30=>#1=>#19=left on #34=>left on #22=>right on #4=>#14=>#8=>left on #17=>#23=>left on CP=>connector from CP to #8=>#30=>P7.

There were many skiers on Ridge, but I did not meet any on the small backcountry trails. I decided to try a NEW trail today #23 which use to be called the Nature trail on the old maps, and recently was mostly used as a hiking trail in the summer. I think with the fall cleanup of the trails they decided to reopen it to skiing.

For those who are not familiar it branches of #17 and goes across #8 and after it descends to the Champlain parkway right near Black lake. I would say maybe 1 km give or take. Up to the intersection with #8, I was the first one on it today, after the #8 intersection there had been one skier who climbed it from the parkway.

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.