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Jan 2 (3w, 20h) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #53, #55 (green - shared), #55 (green - alternative), #55 (blue - alternative) [36.2km], Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax: V40
Skied out of P19 (the actual P19, not new P20) Seeing that P17 (in its newly doubled size) was almost full as I drove by, I expected P20 would similarly busy so I decided to stop at P19 which was only half full when I arrived.

Used extra blue which was perfect on the shady trails but a little slippery when I broke out onto trails in the open sun. Fresh grooming on almost everything I skied on.

Started out with a loop of 51 over to 53 and then the upper loop back on 53 to P19. 51 was still a work in progress with a few water hazards, icy areas and lots of rocks and roots lurking in spots. It was skiable but more snow will help. The upper part of Trail 53 was nice with a few icy spots in some of the usual bogs - but easily navigated.

The one exception to the fresh grooming was the lower half of 51 (down where you walk across the access road below P19). There was a sign as I crossed the road saying the trail was closed but a reasonably good skied track existed so I persisted. I expect this hasn't been groomed (and is "closed") because the bog on the lower part is still too soft to drive the groomer across. Need some cold weather to solidify that trail. It's a shame as this part of 51 is the only connector trail from P19 to the rest of the trails at Lac Phillippe - short of doing the full Wakefield triangle around to trail 50. Once halfway up trail 51 the trail is fully groomed as this is how the groomers are coming out of the works yard to access the trails. From there on everything was in pretty good condition with occasional bits of gravel pulled up into the track.

Skied the loop around 55 and up to Taylor lake. The climb up 55 blue had numerous opportunities to restructure your skis on pokey rocks that had - mostly - been exposed by other unlucky skiers. Going uphill is probably the best choice here until we get more snow.

From there I skied down 50 to the end of Lac Phillippe before turning around. Nice track along here with a few thin, gravelly spots but easily avoidable. Then it was back the way I came up 50 and 51 to loop back to P19.

A beautiful day to be out and a nice opportunity to ski something other than the Fortune parkway which I've been up a lot this season. There wasn't as much fresh snow as I hoped would fall but I'll take every bit we get with thanks. Still a bit early to get onto some of the the smaller trails but they can be navigated with care.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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.