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Apr 22 (2019-04-22) by Steve Parkin from P12
Trails Skied: #50 [14.7km], Glide Wax: Rilled rock skis and ripe banana peels, Grip Wax:
I thoroughly enjoyed! Sure, it's not perfect mid season skiing, but many bonuses: the sound of water running, 17c, sunshine!
I went up the 40 and water from central compression (snowmobile?) caused water to run on the trail center. So, 50m of walking --and the only time i had to do that. Even the usual spots that get sun and need walking this late in the game were fine. Of course, this will change drastically over the next few days. I do recommend the 2 instead (came back on).
But it's all about getting up to Ridge Rd. From there, the coverage is great! Sure, it's dirty, and will improve when snow kernels get larger (dirt will fall under). But what a great happy ski out to MacKinstry!
Just a few skiers (w big smiles) and very few hiker tracks (which is why it was still good).
All in all, i only had my skis off 1.5 times. Sure, a couple 10ft sections walking over leaves, some crevasse negotiating, bear maulings (ok, no. I'm not tasty).

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.