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Apr 13 (2018-04-13) by Ken Trischuk from P7
Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, #1, #30, #31 [11km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Tried to get out for a bit of a ski in the sunshine over the lunch hour. Sadly the sun was in and out so I was only half successful. Skied out Ridge to the Brule lookout. then back down the parkway to Gossip and back to the car. Conditions were pretty sloppy in the noon day sun with temperatures in the +8C range. Still it was a nice outing. Fairly quiet on the trails although there were a few people. The shrewd skiers had gotten their ski in first thing in the morning no doubt.

Only came across one or two open patches on Ridge... and of course the parkway is open at the lookouts. On the parkway itself I found a few grey slushy areas that were still skiable but mostly there was good depth, It was probably pretty nice earlier in the morning. The parkway had been groomed from P10 up to the lookouts and along ridge just to Keoogan and Shilly Shally. It was a little faster on the fresh grooming. The rest of ridge road is being kept nicely packed down by walkers and runners of whom I met a few. Transition season!

Drove over to P8 where I saw big patches of asphalt on either side of the Meech lake road and then dirty or grey snow heading off in either direction. It will be interesting to see how much snow we get on the weekend. The estimates seem to drop with every day we get closer to the storm... but any little bit should freshen things up for a few more days. Don't pack the skis away just yet!

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.