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Jan 13 (5M, 4d) by Garry Tarr from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #1B [12.3km], Glide Wax: Recommend blue, Grip Wax:
I waited until late afternoon before skiing to catch the highest temperatures on a cold day. Waiting also let me find a parking spot (there were only a couple open) in P10 at about 3:30. I skated up the FLP to Ridge, then up the Khyber Pass and past Huron to 1B, out on 1B to the Western Bench, then back via 1A. When I reached the 1A/1B split on my return the sun made a brief appearance just above the horizon, so I headed for the Champlain Lookout where I was treated to a glorious sunset with no wind (several other skiers timed their arrival at the Lookout to catch the sunset). I then descended the CP and FLP to P10. Skating wasn't fast on the cold dry powder, but glide was acceptable. All traces of corduroy had been skated out of the FLP by this time of day, but it really didn't matter. Classic tracks were firm and deep. There were no icy patches despite the heavy skier traffic, even in the Khyber Pass. The only downside to my trip was turning into a human icicle on the final FLP descent!

On a few other recent reports I've forgotten to mention how full parking lots like P8, P10 and P16 are most days, even on weekdays with indifferent conditions. When ski conditions are good it may be necessary to arrive either very early or very late at these popular lots to get a spot.

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.