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Feb 12 (2018-02-12) by Ken Trischuk from P17
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #52, #53, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #57, #54 (black) [45.7km], Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax: extra blue
Decided to take an extended weekend to get another ski in. Parked at P17 and was surprised at how many cars there were... but that somehow didn't translate to the trails which were pretty quiet. Did a loop of the Wakefield triangle going up 52 from the start and then looping past P19 and back along 53. Added a little bonus by going up 54 black to Lusk lake and then down the groomed trail back to 50.

Everything was freshly groomed after last nights freezing rain (except 54 black of course) and in great shape. I found 52 to be a little bit icy compared to the other trails but perhaps it only received one pass of the groomer while the other main trails get an "out and back" double pass which ground up the crust a bit more. It was still in excellent shape but I could have used a binder on that stretch to preserve my grip wax.

The climb up 54 black was a bit of a challenge with the icy crust from the freezing rain. Someone had skied down it prior to my arrival and broken things up a bit. Perhaps I helped to break it up some more by going in the opposite direction. Once up to Lusk lake, the warm sun was already softening the crust a bit so that part of the trail was a little easier to traverse.

53 was groomed extra wide, no doubt in preparation for the upcoming loppet. I expect they can get 4 sets of tracks down it for the first few kms for Saturdays races and then be wide enough for 2 lanes of skaters on Sunday. As it was today, two classic tracks on the outside edges were excellent. A nice sunny day to be out on the trails.

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.