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Feb 5 (2018-02-05) by Garry Tarr from P17
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #53, #55 (green - shared), #55 (green - alternative), #55 (blue - alternative) [36.2km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax: Vauhti K19 covered with Vauhti green fluor
We did a classic loop in the Wakefield sector today, starting from P17 then following 53 to 51, 51 to P19, 50 to 55 green, and continuing around Taylor Lake on 55 blue before rejoining 50 for a return via 51 and 53. The accumulation of fresh powder in the park over the weekend was at least 20cm, and this had all been freshly groomed. Classic tracks were in great shape everywhere, with hardly any leaves or twigs present (a pleasant change from the debris seen during the recent snow drought). 55 blue was noticeably soft, since it has not been groomed many times this season, but the soft snow made the steep descents a delight. We made a quick lunch stop at the beautiful new cabin at Lac Renaud. There were quite a few skiers out (not surprising given the perfect temperatures and blue skies) but there was lots of space in the parking lots and no traffic jams on the trails. The track setting on 51 was a bit strange. My understanding is that this trail has reverted to classic-only status, but it had been groomed with a skate lane and just one continuous classic track. Having just one classic track on the steeper hills forces ascending skiers to jump for the bushes when a skier approaches in the opposite direction. The skate lane wasn't really wide enough, so skate skis had cut across the classic track in many places. I'm a hard-core skater who rarely skis classic, and I don't think 51 can support both skate and classic skiing. Skaters can easily bypass 51 using 53. 51 should be groomed with two classic tracks and no skate lane. It might also be useful to put discrete "no skating" signs at either end of the trail.

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.