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Nov 17 (8M, 4w) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #50, #55 (green - shared) [18.1km], Glide Wax: violet, Grip Wax:
Skied out of P19 today following 50 south to the extent of the yurts and then backtracking with a side detour up 55 as far as Renaud lake. After a beautiful ski Friday night in the southern part of the park, I was surprised at how much less snow there is at the north end. The groomers had made a "compaction" pass of the main trails to the tents/yurts but there certainly wasn't enough snow to try and set classic tracks. The groomers had continued south along trail 50 beyond the last tents (where I stopped) but not sure how far they continued - to Herridge? P16?). The NCC website doesn't recommend these trails yet but I managed alright. Poles tended to hit asphalt about half the time and there were a few exposed patches of road/ground here and there. In spite of all that I had a nice ski and was pretty much by myself passing only a couple of other skiers and one group walking in to the huts for the night. Sporadic patches of leaves covered the trail in spots but with care you could glide through them.

If you want the best snow currently available I would say stick to the lower parkways but if you want to avoid the early season crowds - head north.

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.