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Apr 4 (12M, 3w) by Jo-Ann Holden from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #3 [11.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: n/a
Fortune/Burma/Huron: I followed the tracks of one single excellent skater who had impressively long glide. I was the only car at P10, and was skiing alone. Fortune was predictably soft and wet so I was quite surprised to find a crust on the snow and bushes from about Fortune Lake and higher. Burma was covered with a thin, fast crust. It probably would have been prudent to stay on the parkway, but instead I decided to be extremely CAREFUL as I felt like the only person in the park. It was not possible to snowplow, with the wet and crusty snow, but step turning was also tricky as it was easy to catch a tip. I actually side-stepped (!!) a few of the downhills (and felt extremely embarrassed, guilty and apologetic doing it. Sorry!). But then again I had my only two crashes of the year today, one of them on Ridge Road, on the straight run down to Huron while avoiding some branches. Oh yes, there was a lot of debris on the trails today, including a fairly large birch tree just above Gossip Corner on the Fortune Parkway.
I couldn't tell if it was raining all morning, or if the trees were shedding their load, but I dared not stop often as I was worried about getting cold. Too bad, because there were animal tracks everywhere! As I finished up I could hear the wind start to howl, and chinks of glassy ice were blowing off the trees. On the last Fortune downhill, which was now slow and mushy, and required vigorous double poling, a few other skiers showed up. This was an awesome ski for all the wrong reasons! What a beautiful park we have! As I drove away the sun came out. And FYI there is still tons of snow in the park. I hope they will groom this up after it freezes tonight.

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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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.