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Apr 11 (2019-04-11) by Ken Trischuk from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24) [15.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Early morning ski which proved a little colder than I expected so was a little underdressed. Had to work hard to stay warm but that may be the last really cold night we have until fall! Fresh grooming was underway in various parts of the park but the parkways were all done when I started at 630. Fresh corduroy of corn snow over a firm base. The base was pretty icy in a few spots but still good coverage wherever I went. The groomers gave up grooming beyond the Huron lookout (or maybe that's just their weekday spring schedule?). That meant the trail was frozen ruts on an icy base before I regained 1 again.

From there I skied out 1 until the lower part of the Wolf trail before returning. The groomer had headed out towards McKinstry and not yet returned so I had only half the trail freshly groomed. More than enough track for me to skate on. Again the base was pretty icy as I passed the bench between the two ends of 24... but no bare spots there yet.

Quick visit to some of the bogs off Ridge road as I returned suggested there's still a little crust cruising to be had but some of the creeks are opening up so some care required to pick your line.

Descending back down the Khyber pass the trail started to warm up in the sunshine which gave plenty of control on the fast descent. Parking lot was half full when I left around 8. Should be quite a nice weekend for skiing!

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.