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Feb 9 (5M, 7d) by Ian Naish from P12
Trails Skied: #1B, #2 (blue), #2 (from #40 to #1), #9, #20, #21 [12.8km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: blue extra vr40
A bit colder than we expected, but still a good ski. Air temp around -13C but a very icy wind which seemed to hit us on all trails. Conditions varied. Trails 40 and 2 were beautifully groomed but tracks were very hard and icy. Trail 21 was bizarre: poling tracks were like a meringue and the ski tracks were not at all well defined. Trail 20 was the same. Trail 9 between 20 and 1 was tough to negotiate - we both crashed on a downhill section. It also had more than its fair share of leaves in the tracks. At Western Shelter, its outhouse was in dire need of maintenance. Inside the main cabin, nobody had bothered to refill the wood. It was a bit risky because of the ice by the woodpile but we did replenish the stack by the stove. I had one more crash, on trail 2 returning to P12. The corduroy between the classic tracks had icy chunks on the surface which led to my downfall. All that said, it was still a great day out! Best to stick to the groomed trails however.

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.