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Mar 4 (10M, 2w) by Elisabeth Fink from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1B, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #24 [8.9km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
One of the best skate skiing days this season! Grooming was fresh at 8 am, firm and really fast. A dusting of fresh snow has improved conditions significantly, no icy spots anymore. Even the big ice lake on trail 1 near trail 3 was mostly covered.

I skied up the parkway, into 1 towards McKinstry. As on Friday, at trail 24 you have to do the detour via 24, trail 1 isn't groomed between its ends (still don't know why not). Once trail 24 meets 1 again, conditions are remarkable, both for classic and skate! It's worth making it there, and 24 is a really fun trail too! On the way back, I went via 1B, which had been groomed much earlier and had fresh snow on top, giving nice control. I also explored some more parts of the parkway and #1 towards P7. All in great shape! It's definitely firm, as I demonstrated with losing balance in the strong wind down from the T to Gossip corner and barely leaving a mark on the trail!

Weather was really nice and sunny, but quite some wind! Especially further up in some parts you had to hold your poles tight. But with such warm temperatures it wasn't bothersome beyond pushing you around a bit.

Since it won't warm up much, I expect conditions will remain excellent for skate this afternoon! Classic tracks might get faster and a bit icy, but nothing compared to the previous weeks thanks to the fresh snow. Still missing Burma, which doesn't seem to have been groomed at all lately. Maybe a few more cm of snow will help to get it back!

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.