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Apr 8 (2018-04-08) by Ken Trischuk from P6
Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, #1, Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd , #9, #20 [25km], Glide Wax: Violet, Grip Wax:
Another beautiful weekend of skiing. Yesterday Terry captured my ski at Lac Phillipe - we must have passed each other somewhere as I was out at the same time. Today I skied from P6 up to Champlain lookout. Took a short side trip across the crust of Bourgeois lake (following some other tracks from today) over to ridge and then followed ridge to gossip corner to rejoin the parkway.

As a rare treat the groomer had rolled straight through the lookouts rather than looping back at Huron in spite of a couple of bare patches of asphalt.

Skied out 1 to gossip north before jumping into the ponds for some excellent crust cruising. Spent 45 minutes winding my way from one bog to another lake on solid crust. Lots of tracks in there meant I wasn't the only one but I saw no one.

Stumbled out of the ponds at ridge and skied back to Huron and then down the parkway to P6. Based on how spoiled we've been for the last few weeks I debated giving only 3 snowflakes because it wasn't sunny today... so if someone could work on that for my next ski it would be much appreciated. Only a few icy patches spotted on my whole ski apart from the open asphalt at Brule an Champlain lookouts.

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.