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Feb 10 (8M, 3w) by Tom Conklin from P3
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green), #27, #26 [18.3km], Glide Wax: -3 to -10, Grip Wax:
THAT is why we pay taxes and buy season passes. As I was driving to P3, trudging through the overnight dump I was thinking this run was going to be a slog through newly fallen snow. Miraculously I arrived at a freshly plowed parking lot and headed into the park on recently groomed track.

ROUTE: From P3 up the Champlain Parkway to the top of the hill just before the downhill into P5. Back along the CP to 27, 26 and 5 and into P3.

SKATE: There was a lot of new snow but the quick groom (packing and one classic track uphill) made for easy movement. It was a bit of a dance uphill because the ungroomed snow was catching one ski while the other skirted the classic track. It was still much better than barreling through new snow, but it was a bit of work. Control was easy but fast downhills were a bit treacherous because the snow was piling up a bit. The off-parkway trails, 5 especially, were great - there was recent grooming and the newly fallen snow was easy to glide through.

TRAFFIC: There were a few people, mostly skaters, coming back as I was heading out. The crowds were arriving as I was coming back. Lots of classic skiers on 5 and a consistent stream of skaters on the parkway and some on 5 etc.

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.