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Apr 21 (2018-04-21) by Ken Trischuk from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, Champlain Pkwy [21.7km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
As Karl mentioned, still lots of skiable snow in the park – at least for another few days. With temperatures predicted in the double digits… maybe even 20C early next week – the snow will start to fade pretty fast – but for now it’s manageable.
I started pretty early (maybe a bit too early) and was faced with icy rutted snow but at least it was continuous all the way to the Brule lookout. From time to time I could find some smooth patches to crust cruise over but the whole trail should soften as the day progresses making for nice skate skiing. Jumped onto Ridge road at Brule lookout and got a better idea of how hard the crews have been working to clear brush off the trail. Lots of debris and sawdust to try and skirt around/over. I did manage to crust cruise a few of the bogs off Ridge road but opted not to tempt fate and ski over the deeper water – it is April 21st after all.
Ended up at Gossip North (trails 1 and 2) and that’s where the trail further north stopped with some yellow closure tape. The tree clearing crews were working on 1B as I skied 1 and hadn’t gone further north yet so I opted to turn back here.
On my return I skied on the parkway out towards Black lake and got some of the nicer skiing of the morning. Quite a few more smooth open stretches without any ruts and the surface was starting to soften as the temperature climbed. Finally returned down to P10 and the descent of the hill was about as (intentionally) slow as I’ve ever gone. The icy ruts were still a bit choppy so I took my time. The lot was approaching half full on my return so a few people out enjoying a nice spring ski. If you time it right the skiing is quite nice. Still lots of snow but it will be interesting to see how quickly that changes.

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.