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Mar 3 (3w, 6d) by Jo-Ann Holden from P6
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Fortune Pkwy, North Loop, Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd [17.7km], Glide Wax: Swix LF 8, Grip Wax:
A very enjoyable skate of the "loop". Raw, damp wind as we set out, and a dusting of powder over the connector trail, which didn't seem to be groomed. I was happy with the snow covering as it modified what would have been quite icy otherwise. I was also happy that it stayed overcast and cool - less snow melt! Conditions varied depending on location: P6 to P5/P8 was fabulous, fast and easy to control. The north loop was distressingly slow, appearing to have no new grooming, but just that coating of slow powder on the surface. The connector was fairly icy, but not a problem in our uphill direction. Fortune was wonderful - either more recently groomed or perhaps just more skied in, it was difficult to tell which. The Champlain parkway was brutally slow until the base of the Black Lake Hill where it once again appeared to have been groomed. Relatively few skiers were out, it seemed - have they given up already? The skiing is not yet done!

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: 7:00 AM EDT Friday 23 March 2018
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: -4.4°C
Wind Chill: -10
Wind: WNW 14 km/h
Humidity: 69%
Dew point: -9.2°C
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 7:00 EDT
Sunset: 19:17 EDT
Max 5°C. Min -5°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 5:00 AM EDT Friday 23 March 2018)

Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High plus 2. UV index 3 or moderate.
Friday night
Partly cloudy. Wind northwest 20 km/h. Low minus 10.
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light late in the morning. High minus 4.
Saturday night
Cloudy periods. Low minus 9.
A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 4.
Sunday night
Clear. Low minus 8.
Sunny. High 6.
Monday night
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A mix of sun and cloud. High 6.
Tuesday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low zero.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. High 6.
Wednesday night
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low plus 1.
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. High 9.