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Jan 26 (2017-01-26) by Tom Conklin from Champlain Park
Trails Skied: 3, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 [0km], Glide Wax: Swix yellow (-1 to -16), Grip Wax:
First time on the SJam and it was good.

SKATE: The snow is very soft but doesn't impede progress. There is a lot of trail trash (twigs, sap etc.) but it did not slow things down at all. There is a lot of traffic on the trail so it is quite beaten up but skating was still pretty quick. Luckily there is a good base even under bridges. CAUTION: When things freeze up, skiing will be a lot more treacherous unless we get a good dump of snow.

CLASSIC: The classic tracks are pretty shallow but seemed workable. They are broken up a fair bit by walkers, dogs and skate skiers where the trail narrows.

PARKING: Very, very little at Lemieux Island (4 spots), but lots at Champlain. There is a fair bit of street parking in front of the War Museum but you have to pay.

About Skiing the SJAM..

A groomed multi-use winter trail along the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) multi-use pathway (MUP) will promote active living and provide access to the Ottawa River shoreline, welcoming a diversity of users, whether they are walking, on skis, snowshoes or a snow bike. The salt-free trail will respect environmental sensitivities unique to the river shoreline.

The trail will connect the Canadian War Museum with park lands along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to Westboro Beach, animating spaces that until now have been little used in the winter. Transit stations border the trail at LeBreton Flats, Bayview/O-train and Dominion Stations, with parking at Westboro Beach, Champlain Park and the Canadian War Museum, providing ready access for visitors from around the National Capital Region.

Two tracks will be set, one for snowshoers, walkers and bikers and the other for cross-country skiers, supporting both classic and skate style techniques. The walking track will follow the existing pathway. Serpentine loops will add distance to the ski track at the Selby Plains and Remic Rapids greenspaces and at open lands adjacent to the War Museum and Champlain Bridge, for an expected distance of 16 kilometres. more..
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