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Mar 11 (2w, 5d) by Garry Tarr from P17
Trails Skied: #50, #52, #53, #55 (green - shared) [34km], Glide Wax: CH8, Grip Wax:
It was another superb ski day today in Gatineau Park. I departed a nearly-full P17 around 10AM and skate-skied 53, 50 and 55 green to a lunch stop at a nearly-full Renaud Cabin. I returned to P17 following 50 along the Lac Philippe shore to 52. All the way I encountered fresh grooming which, with temperatures just a bit below freezing, gave great glide and great control. The classic tracks were a bit less glazed than they were yesterday, so they weren't quite as fast for descents, but it was probably easier for classic skiers to get grip. The three steep downhills on 52 had been tilled deeply enough to allow edges to bite in the turns, but were enjoyably fast. I hit one icy patch on the downhills but it was short enough that my skis crossed over it before I lost control. By the time I reached the last long climb on 52 through the orchard near Brown Cabin the hazy sun had started to soften the snow surface a bit and slow things down. In the past few years the NCC and Demsis have done a lot of work to re-route service snowmobiles from the skate lanes so that the snowmobiles do not carve up the grooming. However on the stretch from Brown Cabin to P17 snowmobile tracks are still in evidence on the trail. It would be nice if the NCC could figure out a way to get snowmobiles to this cabin without using trail 52. Overall it was perhaps the best ski day of the year for me. It looks like the great conditions will hold through the coming week. Enjoy!

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.