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Apr 13 (2019-04-13) by Jo-Ann Holden from P8
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , North Loop, Gatineau Pkwy [16.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
This was to be a hasty, short ski, as I couldn't ski until late afternoon. However conditions were so delightful that I stayed out for several hours, playing with the camera, and returning only as the sun dipped below the trees. It was t-shirt and visor weather, at 15 degrees, and my warm-weather fish scales had perfect grip and glide in the soft snow. The cleaner tracks on one side of the parkway made for quite good skiing, with very little ice and no bare spots. The amount of snow remaining on the parkways is quite amazing for April 13! Measured with a ski pole beside the groomed tracks, it showed that the trails still have about a foot of packed snow! In the open area across from P8 the snow is going fast, and is creating shallow lakes, but once past the pond the snow prevailed. Between P8 and Mica the swamps were thawing in the sun, and there were numerous beavers and mergansers, but only one other skier.

I should have returned home for supper after returning to P8, but was curious to see the state of the north loop. My skis were moving so well, the classic tracks were nice and clean on the "wrong" side of the parkway, and the light was so lovely, that I could not turn back. Today's ski turned out to be one of the nicest of the year, and to top it all off Garry had dinner waiting for me when I finally made it home.

One interesting thing: when I returned to the car, it appeared that a grooming machine had crossed the parkway, heading towards Mica. That seemed rather odd, as the snow was still so wet, and temperatures are expected to go below zero tonight.

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.