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Feb 18 (2017-02-18) by Ken Trischuk from Island Park
Trails Skied: 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 [0km], Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax:
First ski of the SJAM and I couldn't have picked a nicer day for it. Warm sunshine and no wind meant I was over dressed and regretting it in short order... Could have gone in a t-shirt and been quite happy, but the skiing was still good.

Not really sure of the trail numbering system but I parked at Island Park and skied out to Kitchisippi beach before turning back. There was a nice "inner loop" as I came back to the Champlain bridge which snaked through the trees and then I headed further east. Found some more snaking trails around Remic rapids before I finally chose to loop for home somewhere past Parkdale. All told I think I skied about 10k.

The trail was super busy so lots of people are clearly taking advantage. Met all types of trail users (walkers, skiers, snowbikers, snowshoers, sledders ) and all were very accommodating to each other. The classic track was well set and standing up well despite it being a multi user trail. The skate lane was a little "pockmarked" from different trail users but still smooth and a nice ski. The warm sun was having its way with the snow and the glide was a little slow (I should have gone with a warmer wax!) but hard to complain as the sun felt good. Certainly a nice option for a quick ski in town - I'll be back!

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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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.