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Mar 14 (2M, 1w) by Ken Trischuk from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1 [13.6km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Vauhti Tar
This might be a bit of a “wish you were there" report as things are expected to change rapidly today. I managed to grab a quick, morning ski before work and the tracks were in awesome shape. Several groomers were just rolling out of the barn as I drove past P8 but the parkways had already been groomed. I skied from P10 up to the lookouts on perfect tracks and then back along Ridge to gossip corner before descending back to the car. Ridge and Burma hadn’t been groomed when I skied it – other than last nights “dinner skiers” who had broken out a track in the fresh snow. That said, as I turned the corner at Gossip, I could hear the groomer down near Keogan so they were working there way around on the secondary trails.

The fresh snow was just cold enough that it didn't ice up on the grip wax so the striding was easy. Temperatures are supposed to rise through the day so that might change quickly but at least the forecast rain isn't supposed to start until this evening. The skate lane was firming up nicely after the groomers morning pass so it should be solid all day. Heavy rain tonight and tomorrow will certainly mean no grooming tomorrow and they may even "close the trails" until things cool down on the weekend so get out if you can.

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.