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Apr 16 (2019-04-16) by Jo-Ann Holden from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1 [13.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: FishScales
This ski was expected to end with a sad lament for a beautiful season now ended. I fully expected to carry my skis over many predictable bare spots. The only problem here was that there were no bare spots!! I arrived around 3:30, having spent the morning away, and was shocked to see about 15 cars in the P10 parking lot.
SO much snow still! No bare spots whatsoever on the Fortune Parkway, and not even a sign that they will be bare soon. Ridge Road, heading toward Penguin, was delightful, and the snow was, for the most part, quite a bit cleaner than on the parkway. The stone wall at Gossip Corner is just barely visible through a large bank of snow. the The Champlain Parkway had one small bare spot at Etienne Brule, which was where I turned around, but as far as the eye could see the snow extended toward the Champlain Lookout.
A detour to Shilly Shally - surely there would be an open spot there! But again, just snow. I finished about 5:30 and there were still people heading up. 8 cars were in the parking lot.
It was a beautiful ski, at a beautiful hour.
What a fabulous ski season it has been. I guess the skis stay out for a while longer!

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.