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Jan 25 (8M, 5d) by Ken Trischuk from P17
Trails Skied: #52, #53, #57 [16.5km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax:
Waited a little late in the day to set out but still enjoyed a good ski. The weather turned on me a little bit but if it means more snow then I'm all for it.

Started at P17 which I haven't been able to squeeze into the parking lot this season so it was nice to see it only half full when I was driving by.

Started up 52 with a mindset that I was going to do the triangle. Made a quick detour into see Brown's cabin before heading for the bulk of the climbing. As I got to the base of the longest hill the storm arrived and I started to be blasted by ice pellets. Apart from hurting I decided this was a bad omen so I turned back... but quickly regretted my choice. By the time I was back to 53 the ice pellets had eased off and now it was either snowing or raining (or both!). Decided to salvage my ski by heading out 53 past 51 before I found myself getting pretty wet from the rain and decided to turn back. Did the short drop down to the Wakefield Mill before coming back to the car to call it a day.

Nice ski with rapidly changing weather. All the tracks were freshly groomed but - as the storm laid down some precip. the classic tracks were starting to fill. The skating was fast on a solid base. Hopefully things will cool down overnight to give this storm a little more snow than rain. Could be a tricky waxing day tomorrow if the temperature stays above zero.

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.