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Jan 11 (5M, 6d) by Jo-Ann Holden from P2
Trails Skied: #5 (green), #27, #15 (blue), #26, #29 (alternative) [14km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Our group ski was canceled due to the severe windchill (minus 30 in the morning) but 8 Keen Skiers came out anyway. Everyone enjoyed the skiing and none found the cold an issue. We were initially all covered up to the point of being unrecognizable and did gasp audibly as we crossed the first open field. From that point on, however, layers, hoods and face masks began to disappear. I was roasting by the time I reached trail 15.
It was one of those exhilarating, brilliant mid-winter days, with pure snow and dazzling sun. The sun was intense and warm despite it being early January. The only disappointment was the lack of grooming. The classic tracks were littered with oak leaves and trail 15 seemed to be missing classic tracks I recalled from previous years. The Gatineau Parkway was a shiny, stale object, glinting in the sun and suffering from high traffic yesterday. If all the trails had been as poor I would have given today's ski 3 stars rather than 4. Despite today's cold, there were numerous skiers out, both skaters and classic skiers. Sure beats rain and freezing rain!

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.