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Feb 3 (7M, 2w) by Garry Tarr from P17
Trails Skied: #50, #52, #53, #55 (green - shared) [34km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
Today I skated the Wakefield Triangle, starting at P17 and following trail 53 to P19, 50 and 55 green to Renaud Cabin for a lunch stop, and then 50 and 52 back to P17. All trails had been freshly groomed for both skate and classic, and conditions were uniformly excellent. Glide was a bit limited on the freshly groomed dry powder, but control was perfect. I was pleased to see that 51 has been converted back to a classic-only trail, with double classic tracks. Coverage was complete through the swampy areas on 53. 52 is still combined use, with a single track on the west side of the trail. There wasn't enough classic skier traffic today for this to pose a problem. The skate lane is certainly wide enough that it is easy to avoid skating over the classic tracks. The steep downhills on 52 had almost too much fresh powder! Ice could still be felt under the snow on the sharper corners, but it did not pose a problem. I started skiing in very light freezing drizzle, which changed to light snow and then ice pellets. I'd guess about a centimeter of fresh snow fell during my trip. Let's hope we manage to avoid the forecast freezing rain over the next two days so that the superb conditions on the 50's hold. Today's ski was a delight.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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.