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Jan 4 (2w, 2d) by Garry Tarr from P8
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, North Loop, #1 [17km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
I took advantage of the brief break from arctic temperatures to skate ski from P8 across the Doldrums, up the Connector, up the FP to Ridge Road, along Ridge Road to the Champlain Lookout, and back via the CP and FP. The snow was a bit cold for good glide (my skis were howling in complaint) but offered superb control. There was a lot of dirt in the lower part of the connector but I didn't see or hit any rocks. Coverage was complete in the Khyber Pass and along Ridge Road between Huron and the Lookout. In places (like the top of the FP) the grooming seemed very recent and skiing was fabulous but in others (the CP near the Lookout) it really didn't look like any recent grooming had been done, and skating up hills was a chore. The skate lane on Ridge Road was quite polished from skier traffic, but my edges still held. Be careful if you try energetic double poling in the tracks on Ridge- the snow is still very loose on the outside border and you may find your outside pole suddenly losing support. Given the spotty grooming I'd award 4.5 stars to conditions. P8 was effectively full when I returned, with lots out enjoying a great ski day.

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: 3:00 AM EST Saturday 20 January 2018
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: 1.3°C
Wind: SSW 25 gust 39 km/h
Humidity: 70%
Dew point: -3.7°C
Pressure: 99.9 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Visibility: 16 km
Sunrise: 7:35 EST
Sunset: 16:52 EST
Max -6°C. Min -16°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 3:30 PM EST Friday 19 January 2018)

Friday night
Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of flurries or ice pellets and risk of freezing drizzle. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h this evening. Low minus 4.
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries or rain showers in the afternoon. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 4.
Saturday night
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries or rain showers early in the evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low minus 3.
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. High zero.
Sunday night
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 7.
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of snow. High minus 7.
Monday night
Periods of freezing rain or snow. Low minus 9.
Periods of freezing rain or rain. High plus 1.
Tuesday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12.
A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. High minus 7.
Wednesday night
Clear. Low minus 17.
Sunny. High minus 9.