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Jan 6 (5M, 2w) by Garry Tarr from P16
Trails Skied: #50, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared) [20.9km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
I left P16 at 9:30 and skated 50 to the 55 junction, then took 55 to 54 to Lusk Cabin, returned and followed 55 to Taylor Lake, turned, stopped for a lunch break at Renaud Cabin, then took 50 back to P16. There had been fresh grooming overnight, but the thaw yesterday resulted in a sugary, granular surface. There had been about 1cm of fresh snow in the park last night which help provide a bit of softness to the surface, particularly in the classic tracks. Strong winds had left a huge amount of leaves and twigs on the trail, and in places even my skate skis stalled on the leaves. I'm sure leaves in the track would have posed a much bigger problem for grip wax on classic skis. The groomed surface provided good glide and control until near the very end of the trip, when skier traffic compressed the surface to the point my edges and even pole tips skittered out in places. The wind was so strong deep snowdrifts had formed across 50 at the Lac Philippe crossing. I saw a very large group of young snowshoers (probably a church or school group) hiking up the 54 road towards Lusk Cabin. I hope their leaders pay a bit more attention to using the proper snowshoe trails in the future. Apart from damage to the tracks, it is dangerous to have walkers in the middle of the trail on steep, fast downhills. Based on the number of classic skiers I saw skiing out of the tracks, I suspect grip wax was wearing off quickly in the abrasive snow. The final descent to P16 was downright scary. Skier traffic had removed almost all the snow from the surface, leaving long swathes of glare ice. I had essentially no control on the approach to the bridge. Overall it was a good ski, but there were enough negatives that I can't give a 5-star rating.

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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.