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Mar 3 (7M, 3w) 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..

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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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