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Mar 9 (2M, 2w) by Garry Tarr from P16
Trails Skied: #50, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #36 (blue) [27.4km], Glide Wax: CH8 with rilling, Grip Wax:
I did the Lakes Tour today on skate skis, targeting all the lakes visible from the '50's. I started from P16, detoured down 36 to Bear Point on Meech Lake (I double poled this section to avoid skating over the classic tracks), then continued along 50 passing Lac Trudel (a beaver pond visible in the distance through trees), Harrington Lake and Lac Philippe. I turned up 55 green to Lac Renaud, and made a snack stop in the sunshine on the benches outside Renaud Cabin. I followed the rest of 55 green to Taylor Lake, then backtracked and ascended 54 to Lusk Lake. Here I had to stop inside for my snack since the outdoor benches were full! Some skiers were crust cruising on Lusk Lake. From Lusk I retraced my path to P16 (I admit I left out Lac Meunier, a mud puddle opposite P19). There was fresh grooming everywhere, with a reasonably thick tilled sugary granular layer over a very hard base. Control was perfect on the steep descents from Lusk. The classic tracks were firm and deep in most places, and I used them for the descents. After I passed Herridge on my return trip I found the corduroy had been skied pretty much flat. Despite the tilling the final descent to P16 was a bit wild, and I could feel my skis skidding on the icy base a few times. Even with the warm temperatures and hot March sun I didn't encounter wet snow and didn't feel much suction slowing my skis (although the rilling probably helped with this). Debris in the snow was minimal, even in the pine groves. The crowds were out between P16 and Herridge (no surprise) and around Lac Renaud, but otherwise I didn't encounter too many other skiers. It's a near-perfect day to be out skiing- and there is still time for a quick ski if you haven't been yet!

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.