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Apr 2 (2018-04-02) by Jo-Ann Holden from P5
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , North Loop, Gatineau Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy [24.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
I was on the fence about skiing this morning, and walked the dog to P8 to check out the conditions. An armada of groomers was just returning back to the barn at 9:00. Demsis did a fabulous job of grooming this morning (is this the Swan Song?). Not only did they employ the 3 big machines, but they gathered in the snow from the edges to provide more coverage on the parkways.

I skated from P5 in the early afternoon. Conditions were perfect, fast and just beginning to warm up. The Champlain Parkway was comparatively quite bumpy and chewed up(having been warmed earlier?) but still enjoyable. At the low spot before Kingsmere, the snow was very thin and a yellow line could be seen beneath the soft snow.

Back at P5, the afternoon was still lovely, so I switched to my classic skin skis, to see how they would enjoy the warming conditions. They were happy! The north loop was quite a bit dirtier than everywhere else, and a bare patch was opening up near the pond. However, compared to yesterday\'s ice, conditions were quite enjoyable.

It will be interesting to see if this week brings snow or rain. Fingers crossed for that 25 cm of snow!
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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.