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Feb 7 (2017-02-07) by Jo-Ann Holden from P6
Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd , #7 [11.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: K19
When starting out from P6, I had misgivings about being being outdoors at all. Such a damp, raw wind! However it was a memorable ski in many ways, and all in all a lot of fun. It made me happy to be alive! Parkway tracks were obliterated by the fresh snow and wind almost as quickly as you could ski them in. There were snowdrifts and moguls and occasionally a patch of visible tracks. The connector trail from P6 had some sort of excavated snow piled in the area of the classic tracks as they crossed the stone bridge. We had to double pole down the Black Lake Hill as there was a headwind and snowed-in tracks, and at one point I was nearly blown upstream when trying to navigate downstream. However trail 7 was much more enjoyable than the parkway and in hindsight we would have had quite a different outing if we had simply stuck to smaller, woodsier trails. Did I mention the leaves? It was still fun, however, to be out in the elements, especially knowing that a freezing rain event is coming within hours. Goodbye lovely powder snow!

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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: 10:00 PM EDT Saturday 21 April 2018
Temperature: 5.6°C
Wind: NNE 6 km/h
Humidity: 30%
Dew point: -10.7°C
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 6:07 EDT
Sunset: 19:55 EDT
Max 13°C. Min 3°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 3:30 PM EDT Saturday 21 April 2018)

Saturday night
Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 1.
Sunny. High 14. UV index 5 or moderate.
Sunday night
Clear. Low plus 2.
Sunny. High 18.
Monday night
Clear. Low zero.
A mix of sun and cloud. High 19.
Tuesday night
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5.
Showers. High 13.
Wednesday night
Periods of rain. Low plus 3.
Periods of rain. High 8.
Thursday night
Cloudy periods. Low plus 4.
A mix of sun and cloud. High 12.