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Feb 10 (2018-02-10) by Garry Tarr from P6
Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1B, Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd [19.7km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
It's another great ski day in Gatineau Park. I skate skied from P6 up the CP to the Champlain Lookout, then took 1B to the intersection with 1A above Western, 1A and 1 to Huron, and then back on the parkway. A couple of centimeters of fluffy snow had fallen since the last grooming, giving excellent glide and control. It's a perfect day to practice technique and long glides. The corduroy was barely visible under the fresh snow and recent heavy traffic, but it didn't matter. The fresh snow in the tracks made for smooth and controlled (if not very fast) descents. The tracks seemed a bit shallow, probably as the result of the snow fall after grooming. 1B was in excellent shape, with no trace of icy patches on the steep downhills. Classic skiers reported good grip with Blue Extra type waxes. I call the CP between Mica and the FP the Empty Quarter, and as usual I saw very few other skiers on this section. It's a good place to go if you are trying to avoid weekend crowds. P6 had probably been full earlier in the morning, but there were lots of empty spaces when I arrived around noon.

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.