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Feb 8 (2014-02-08) by Paul Jaenicke from P12
Trails Skied: #2 (from #40 to #1), #3, #9, #33, #40, #18, #20, #21 [20.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Another great day out there, I started out from P12=>#40=>#2=>#21=>#3=>#9=>Hidden valley=>#1=>#3=>#20=>#18=>Hidden valley( 100 meters)=>#18=>#2=>#33=>#40=>P12.

All the small backcountry trails that I skied on are in great shape, Burma was also very good. I decided to look for an old trail formerly numbered #13 Hidden Valley trail. I skied down #9 in the direction towards ridge and found some tracks that headed left, I had already gone right the other day which connected to the pond on #20. Going left I skied through several open areas, there were recents tracks only a day or two old so I followed them hoping to end up on Burma, according to the old map 1978, but instead ended up connecting on Ridge about 50 meters below Burma.

There were hardly any skiers on the backcountry trails, #28 had some good tracks on it, as did #38. As I arrived in the parking lot at P12, I was asked by a couple if this was just a ski trail? they were looking for a snowshoe / hiking trail, so I directed them to P13.

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.