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Apr 25 (2019-04-25) by Jo-Ann Holden from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy [4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
I didn't intend to ski again, but a friend accidentally reminded me that I hadn't yet "portaged" this year. I really did expect it to be a hike, and was very surprised and pleased to see how much snow still remained on the Parkway. The snow was clean from all the recent rain. It was a slow trip, with many photo breaks, but it was possible to keep the skis on except for one tiny spot past Fortune Lake. The entire first 1.5 k was solidly snowed in with deep snow. No cyclists today! I turned left at the top of Fortune, on a remaining narrow band and enjoyed nice snow until halfway down the next hill, at which point I turned back. I checked out a few hundred meters of Ridge (no big hills). There is still a lot of thawing ahead of us on the trails!
It was a delightful morning to be out, abounding in creek burblings and bird song. The grassy edges were popular with hordes of finches.
Aside from one fat-biker, I had the place to myself until several groups of hikers and two other skiers appeared later in the morning.
So that's it for me. I'm done. It was a great year! Thank you Demsis. Without the wonderful grooming earlier in the year, the snow would never have lasted this long on the trails.

By the way, this is the latest date I have ever ski. 5 days later than in 2008.

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.