This report was submitted 2 weeks, 23 hrs ago. Check for fresh reports!

Jan 9 (2w, 23h) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #50, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #54 (black), #56 [34.7km], Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax: VR40
Similar outing to Rick so I'd echo his comments (in fact I crossed path with him on 54) but I was skiing classic so have a few additions. The wax (VR40) was fine although all the sand and gravel here and there in the tracks worked well at removing it. Not sure a binder would help much but stopping once to re-wax wasn't a big chore on such a nice day.

I also skied along Lusk lake as there were lots of tracks out on the ice. (which seemed solid). I backtracked to the Lusk trail on 54 black (where it parallels the lake). That was skiable but needs a LOT more snow to make it enjoyable. Lots of roots and rocks exposed made it a chore to pick my line while avoiding the worst of the obstacles (I didn't avoid them all :( but had the "lesser" of my classic skis on today.

I also skied out across Taylor lake and then up to the Pontiac lookout on 56. At first I wasn't planning to ski far up the trail (based on my experience on 54 black) but it was actually in great shape. Two nicely skied in classic tracks in a reasonable depth of snow. No signs of rocks or gravel all the way up and the ski down was fast and easy. A few signs of walkers along that trail but they had very politely walked along the side of the classic tracks so no issues there either! Happy I ventured up it to take a look.

New P20 was about 1/2 to 2/3 full which is a lot of cars (its a BIG lot) but the trails didn't seem too crowded as a result. Just a typical "sunny Saturday" crowd. By contrast, P19 (as I drove past) only had 5 or 6 cars... so most people are clearly continuing on to the new parking area. Forecast looks like more snow by next weekend... but its looked like that all season so we'll just keep hoping for an Alberta clipper or Colorado low to venture our way and increase the snow depth.

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


Skier Expert/Int/Novice
Time of Day Skied (MouseOver!)
Fresh Grooming!
Rating (5=Perfect)
Photos Included

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.