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Mar 16 (2M, 1w) by Ken Trischuk from P17
Trails Skied: #51, #53 [13.4km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax:
Late day ski out of P17. After driving past this lot for the last few weeks and seeing it overflowing with cars, today it was half full so I pulled in.

Grooming was good. It had glazed over a bit since the groomer passed so that made for easy glide and fast skiing. There are only a couple of fast descents on that loop and I had no trouble with control as I zipped down them.

I skated the 53-51 loop out past P19 and saw only a few skiers (and a couple of walkers). The warm, rainy weather has melted the base down a bit and we're starting to see a bit of the winters debris come to the surface. Pine needles, twigs and the like. No great impediment to skiing though.

I was surprised to see a "no skating" sign as I got to 51 at P19. Sure enough 51 was groomed with double classic tracks. That seems new and caught me off gaurd. I opted to continue my loop, double poling the flats and skating the climbs where the tracking stopped.

Also saw a few downed trees that had clearly fallen after the groomer had passed. Easy enough to ski around these ones but keep your head up lest you encounter a surprise "barricade" around the corner.

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.