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Apr 17 (10M, 6d) by Jo-Ann Holden from P5
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Fortune Pkwy, #1 Penguin Climb, #1 [14.1km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Klister and fishscales
This is a \"qualified \" 4 stars. We were not expecting mid winter conditions and fresh (or any other kind) of grooming, but for spring skiing it was truly delightful. 4 of us started at P5, climbed Penguin, skied Ridge to the Fortune Parkway and then returned via Black Lake and the parkway. Conditions were variable, from crusty to soft, but generally surprisingly good all along Penguin and Ridge. The snow was cleaner and more uniform than on the parkway. The big surprise was that there were no bare spots whatsoever on Ridge, not even at the open area near the Wattsford Lookout.
We were out for hours, stopping frequently to play, listening to the creeks, trying to spot the pileated woodpeckers, taking photos and practicing headstands in the snow (at least my friends did this). Spring is such fun! (more photos of the silliness on
On the parkways we encountered only two small, emerging bare spots: one at the flat open area south of the disappearing icefall, and one at Mica intersection.
I\'m hoping for one last beautiful ski before the next deluge of rain arrives!

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.