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Feb 11 (2018-02-11) by Terry Gray from P26
Trails Skied: ONSC Trails [5km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
This report is for the new Ski Heritage East trail, which is a shared-use trail that runs along the Ottawa River between the Green\'s Creek section of the Greenbelt and Petrie Island. The trail actually has two distinct sections - Green\'s Creek to Radisson and Hiawatha Park to Trim Road. This morning I skijored the Green\'s Creek/Radisson section.

The temperature was around -8, with about 5 cm of new snow on a base that looked to be groomed a couple of days ago. The Radisson section of the trail in Orleans is mostly through open fields (very similar to SJAM), making it difficult to see the trail at first with all the new snow and the wind. The single set of classic tracks were in good shape - it appears that others users of the trail respect them. Ski conditions were quite good, especially when you get out of the wind in the woods near Green\'s Creek. Very little traffic this morning - only saw a few dog walkers and a couple of snowshoers around 10 am.

For this section of the Ski Heritage East trail, finding parking is an challenge. There is a parking lot on the Sir Georges-Etienne Cartier Parkway just west of the Green\'s Creek bridge that is reasonably close, though from the lot to Green\'s Creek is not a groomed trail and you will want to take your skis off to cross the bridge. Otherwise you\'re looking for on-street parking in Orleans.

About Skiing in the Green Belt..

The National Capital Greenbelt has over 100km of trails and another 25km of recreational pathways, most of which are suitable for cross-country skiing in the wintertime. All of the trails are suitable for beginner and family outings.

Thanks to the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club, Orleans Nordic Ski Club and Kanata Nordic Ski Club for their volunteer grooming of various Green Belt trails from time to time. The city of Ottawa and the NCC would like to encourage urban skiing, so if you appreciate the grooming let your councilor, the city and the NCC know!

ONSC grooms The Hornet's Nest (Tauvette street to Montreal Rd), Mer Bleue and Pine Grove Forest (the section off Leitrum Rd). Trails are classic skiing ONLY, no skating is allowed on these trails. The Hornet's Nest is groomed at least weekly and the others as time permits. Updated trail conditions are available at the snow phone; 613-837-SNOW.

General Info: Trail Descriptions and Driving Directions | Trail Maps |


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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.