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Jan 6 (3w, 4d) by Garry Tarr from P2
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #5 (green), #27, #29 (shared) [26km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
There was once again 5-star skate skiing on the Parkways this morning. I got out early and was able to take advantage of relatively fresh corduroy, which provided a perfect combination of control and glide on my trip from P2 up the GP and CP to Mulvihill Lake, then back to the Asticou area before returning to P2. Poles no longer hit pavement, but the snow pack is very thin and in a few places (easily avoided) small pavement patches were visible. The classic tracks were generally deep and well-formed, making for fast descents. In a few places frozen grass can be seen at the bottom of the classic tracks. The connecting trails between P2 and the Parkway were in great shape. At 8:30AM I pretty much had the trails to myself, but by 10AM it was getting quite busy, particularly between the base of the Pink Lake hill and Asticou. Get out and ski if you can, it doesn't get much better than this (particularly if, like me, you prefer temperatures just a bit below freezing).

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.