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Dec 29 (3w, 11h) by Ken Trischuk from P17
Trails Skied: #51, #53 [13.4km], Glide Wax: green, Grip Wax: green
A late day report from yesterday but conditions seem to be pretty static right now. I skied out of P17 late in the afternoon. I waited as long as I could for the mercury to creep up and finally headed out about 3pm. Interestingly the "marginal conditions" sign was up at the trail head and I would soon discover why. The trail was nicely groomed,but immediately after crossing the field its apparent that the groomer is still pulling up a bit of gravel into the trail. This is predominantly a problem for the skating lane although there were a few times I had to jump out of the classic tracks to avoid a bit of a gravelly section.

Interestingly, after the junction with 51, the trail(53) is groomed only for classic (narrower) and there was no problem with gravel at all - just nice, perfectly formed tracks. There is a couple of spots in the northern portion where 53 crosses a couple of small bogs which are still a little problematic (probably more trouble for the groomer than skiers) but these are short sections that can be skied across with no troubles. As I looped back onto 51 the trouble with gravel pulled up into the track returned. In spite of this it was still a beautiful ski with just a bit of caution to avoid some of the gravelly stretches.

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.