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Feb 9 (5M, 7d) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #50 [14.7km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax:
Skied out of P19 today on pretty much perfect tracks. Only skied 1 trail today (50)... but I skied most of it (out and back)so that added up. Excellent grooming for skate with pretty easy glide. Leaving at noon I still had a decent quantity of corduroy to work with. A bit busy near the start and into the shelters but once I skied down along Lac Phillipe things got quieter as I went along until I got to the Healey cutoff and the traffic picked up a little more. Never really busy though - perhaps the cooler temperatures and Winterlude activities, not to mention the CSM cut into the crowds.

As others had mentioned, the classic tracks were full of leaves in spots and bare in others. Still saw my share of classic skiers who seemed to be making good progress. I got tripped up once or twice hitting a leaf or a twig and having my ski all but stop dead. Seems to be a bad year for leaves (worse than any I can remember). Perhaps the early snow in November had a downside? Maybe that's a stretch - how can there be a downside to early snow.

When I finally turned around I discovered I had had a tailwind on my outbound journey. That made things a little colder coming back but I remain undeterred and will be back out tomorrow no doubt.

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.