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Feb 10 (2018-02-10) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #55 (green - shared), #55 (green - alternative), #55 (blue - alternative), #56 [37.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: extra blue
A beautiful day to be out skiing. I opted for a loop out at P19 and the extra blue conditions were perfect. Interestingly I find, on busy ski days at P19, that a lot of cars park along the access road once the lower lot is full(some almost 1/2km from the trail). Today - as is often the case - I drove past them all and parked in the upper lot which was almost empty!? More signage needed here?

I skied out to Taylor lake on 55 (alternative) and then up 55 (blue) to the lake. The snow was so nice I decided to ski up to the Pontiac lookout on 56. A track had been broken out by some previous skiers but it was rapidly filling with snow. When I got out to the far end of the campground (before starting the climb up) I met a gentleman on snowshoes who had hiked in from the Eardley road. After that I was mostly skiing in his snowshoe trench which is a little bit of a different skill. It did make the downhill fun on the way back tho'. Not much view from the lookout but the skiing along 56 is so nice it didn't matter.

Skied back past Renaud and then a slight detour to loop around 51 along the hydroline on my way back. Was tempted to go out 53 and 51 for another loop but it was starting to get dark. As my mother used to say "Come home when the streetlights are coming on..." so I headed for the car.

Hopefully more snow tomorrow will make the backcountry trails a treat. Don't want to hear the forecasts of freezing rain... no more ice please!

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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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.