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Mar 10 (2w, 6d) by Garry Tarr from P16
Trails Skied: #50, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #36 (blue) [27.4km], Glide Wax: CH8, Grip Wax:
About 10 days ago it looked like the ski season was coming to a dismal end with only a few centimeters of crushed ice left on the parkways. With around 20cm of fresh powder falling over the past week in the park, today had perhaps the best snow conditions I've seen this year. I did the Lakes Tour on skate skis, starting at P16 and going up 54 to Lusk Lake and along 55 green to Lac Renaud and Taylor lake before returning to P16 on 50. On my return I did a quick detour to the Meech Lake shore on 36, using a combination of doubling poling the flats and skating on the steep uphills where there are no tracks to avoid damaging the classic tracks. Conditions were uniformly excellent with freshly groomed corduroy giving a fast yet forgiving surface. The classic tracks were slightly glazed, making for nice fast descents. Leaf debris was minimal. On the flats in places I found it easier to double pole in the tracks than to skate. Coverage is complete on the usual spring trouble spots like the open curve near Lac Renaud. The steep hill leading back to P16 had been well tilled, making for an easily controlled descent. At the very end of my ski I could start to feel a bit of suction slowing the skis down, particularly in places with southern exposure. Ski traffic was also starting to polish the skate lane to the point that my edges didn't hold very well. In mid-March even on a cloudy day the sun has enough power to soften the snow. It's sad that despite the superb conditions I didn't see many other skiers out. I'm expecting there will be grooming again tonight, so tomorrow morning should provide exceptional skiing. Get out and enjoy these last few days of the season!

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
Clear. Low minus 5.
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.