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Feb 5 (2018-02-05) by Tom Conklin from P7
Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, #1 [9.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: -1 to -8
Today was truly a five star day.

ROUTE: From P7 up 30 to Ridge (1) over tot he Fortune Lake Parkway, up to Etienne Brule and back the same way except for an unfortunate jaunt down 31.

CLASSIC: Fantastic conditions on 1. The tracks were solid and quite fast and the trail was well-groomed. There is a intermittent debris pretty much everywhere but worst in the heavily wooded areas, of course. The Parkways grooming was mediocre and very slow for some reason, probably because there is more direct sunlight up there. The tracks were breaking down and nowhere near as good as on Ridge. Due to a number of falls I was very wary of the quick, very steep turn from 30 to 1 on the way back. Instead we screwed up and went down 31 which was much more steep. Despite the snow it is way too tough a downhill slide for a chicken like me.

SKATE: Everywhere looked great to me. The grooming was excellent, the snow had settled in since yesterday and it looked like there was enough snow for good control.

TRAFFIC: P7 was crowded but there were several spots open on the way in and the way out. There were lots of people out today but there was no congestion anywhere.

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.