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Jan 5 (5M, 2w) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #52, #53 [35.1km], Glide Wax: Vauhti violet, Grip Wax:
Made the trek to P19 today to ski the Wakefield triangle. Decided to skate today as I didn't want to struggle with the wax and tomorrow should be a little colder/easier to make that choice.

Skied the loop counterclockwise today (50, 52, 53 and then 51). Everything had been recently groomed and was in gre4at shape. The main trails 50 and 51/53 were firmly packed and, while a little soft on the surface (it was +3C!) the skating was pretty easy. In comparison, 52 probably has only been groomed a few times this year so the base isn't quite as well compacted. As a result I found it a little spongier for skating... or maybe it was just the big hills biting back. With colder temperatures tonight and in the next few days, it should set up quite well and give us a good base for the rest of the winter.

I think its been a couple of years now that they've groomed the full triangle for both skate and classic... but some new signage has arrived to remind you to keep your head up for oncoming skiers/skaters on the steeper hills. Good advice... but alas I didn't see anyone on 52. Lots of campers going in for the night at P19... and by the time I was headed along the last stretch it was getting dark so there were fewer people about. Still, the parking lots everywhere I looked were almost full so a busy "spring" ski day for sure.

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.