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Jan 4 (9M, 2w) by Elisabeth Fink from P5
Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd [8.9km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Deep winter conditions in the park today. When I arrived at P5 it was snowing heavily and kept on going throughout my ski. Although grooming had been done overnight, it was all snowed in. Conditions were OK, the very powdery snow on top added on an extra strength component to skate skiing. Tracks were great all along, I skied P5 to Mica, then down MacKenzie King road to P6 and back.

Temperature was a treat with -8 but quite windy in places. P5 wasn't very busy, even less so at 4 when I left. Given the weather forecast, Sunday looks like it'll be a good day for skate skiing again! The cold tomorrow and Saturday will work it's magic on the fresh snow from today, hopefully then leaving us with packed and fast conditions in warmer temperatures on Sunday afternoon!

Classic looks excellent, the winter scenery is quite spectacular these days!

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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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