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Jan 9 (5M, 1w) by Tom Conklin from P10
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Fortune Pkwy, North Loop, Gatineau Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy [28.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
ROUTE: Parkway Loop - From P10 up the Fortune Lake Parkway to the T with Champlain and then down the Champlain Parkway to the Gatineau Parkway to P8, and finally up the Doldrums and the connector (32?) back to P10.

SKATE: Interesting conditions. In most places the skate lane was somewhat icy with a kind of straw snow. When I left there were many grooves that were pretty solid meaning that you could easily catch an edge. As the morning warmed up the grooves got softer. The back side of the mountain from the Champlain T down to P8 seemed not to have been groomed even yesterday which made for loose snow on the sides of the track next to the Classic lanes. It was easily passable but you had to be careful not to get caught in a soft track. I was not not careful enough on the way down from the top of King Mountain. Overall the conditions were fine but you had to be careful in spots.
With a good dose of cold temperatures and grooming, conditions should really improve later in the week and on the weekend.
NOTE: Whatever Demsis is doing at the bottom of the Connector (32) is working - the snow was loose and allowed for much better control than is normal at the trickiest part of that trail, just before the road.

TRAFFIC: Lots of people out both skating and classic.

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.