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Feb 9 (5M, 7d) by Susan Rodocanachi from P17
Trails Skied: #51, #53, #55 (green - shared), #55 (green - alternative), #55 (blue - alternative) [21.5km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: skins
Beautiful sunny ski, and once we were away from the open field and into the trees, the temperature was very comfortable. The tracks, unfortunately, although beautifully groomed last night, were filled with leaves, twigs, debris - the most I've seen this year, thanks to the high winds yesterday and last night. My friend and I were using our skins today, which saved the ski for us - going over the leaves with hairies is tedious and can slow you down, but not nearly as bad as if we'd been using wax, which would meant skiing out of the tracks on the hard corduroy for about 70% of the time. P17 to Taylor Lake via 53 and the powerline, back to the 50 via Renaud, and back to p17 on 51 and 53 was great - a few other skiers and a couple of groups, but somehow we managed to avoid the crowds that must have been out there somewhere, since the parking lot was full when I got back at 1 o'clock. My friend came back via 52 and she said it was great too - despite the leaves in the tracks.

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.