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Feb 10 (9M, 1w) by Jo-Ann Holden from P17
Trails Skied: #53 [8.9km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Teho Green
The photos really say it all. Although this was not truly rock skiing, 3 stars seemed much too generous. The park website was down this morning, so the only information was that the condition was "recommended" yesterday. "Recommended"is not a condition, by the way. "Poor, fair, terrible, good, excellent" are examples of conditions. As is usual these days, the parking lot was quite busy, with even the center lane filling up. As it turned out the grooming was two days ago, which is a long time when conditions are this icy and cold (minus 22 last night). As you can see by the photos, the classic tracks were WELL DEFINED. Neither were the cold temperatures problem, and my wax was excellent. The skate lane, however, was a concrete horror, filled with boot marks and deep snowmobile ruts. . Pity to classic skiers - not to even mention skaters - who want to exit the track, stop, avoid another skier or snow plow on a downhill.
I aborted the ski early and certainly wasted time and gas getting to and from P17. It probably would have been okay, but being injured is a real pain. Just not worth the risk.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report Groomers

Maps: Trail Distance Map NCC Winter Trails

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 or phone (819) 827-2020. 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: 5:00 PM EST Tuesday 21 November 2017
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Temperature: 6.2°C
Wind: SSW 10 km/h
Humidity: 61%
Dew point: -0.9°C
Pressure: 100.7 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 7:09 EST
Sunset: 16:28 EST
Max 3°C. Min -5°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 3:30 PM EST Tuesday 21 November 2017)

Tuesday night
Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy this evening with a few rain showers and flurries changing to 40 percent chance of flurries before morning. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light near midnight. Wind becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 before morning. Low zero.
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning and early in the afternoon. Clearing late in the afternoon. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light in the afternoon. Temperature falling to minus 4 in the afternoon.
Wednesday night
A few clouds. Low minus 12.
A mix of sun and cloud. High zero.
Thursday night
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 7.
A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 4.
Friday night
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5.
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. High 7.
Saturday night
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 7.
Cloudy. High minus 3.
Sunday night
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 7.
A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 1.