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Mar 2 (3M, 3w) by Garry Tarr from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #1 (blue) [21.3km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
This morning provided nearly perfect conditions for a skate ski trip to the Fire Tower. I started from P10, ascended the FLP, then took Ridge Road west, selecting 1A rather than 1B. I used the same route on my return, except I cut over to the CP at Huron. The groomers had deeply tilled both the FP and Ridge Road all the way to the tower, creating a surface of sugary granular snow/ice that provided effortless glide but still could hold an edge. For most of the trip it felt like I had rocket skis. The only place I encountered a bit of ice was on the steep downhill where the upper Wolf Trail intersects Ridge. The Khyber Pass looked well-tilled when I ascended. Classic tracks were in good condition. The only downside to the trip was that many other skiers had decided to do the Fire Tower run this morning, including several dozen from a well-known local ski club. This wore down the corduroy a bit, but it wasn\'t much of a problem. The granular snow seems to take heavy use very well. I got the last parking spot at P10 when I started out, but there were a few spots open when I returned. With temperatures just below freezing, it\'s a great afternoon for skate skiing. Enjoy!

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.