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Mar 15 (1M, 1d) by Jo-Ann Holden from P8
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , North Loop [4.8km], Glide Wax: LF 7, Grip Wax:
Garry and I took advantage of the time change to enjoy a late afternoon skate ski. It had warmed up from this morning's minus 16 all the way to minus 6! We saw a flock of turkeys as we set out.
Conditions were very fast, and hard - quite similar to concrete. I may have broken my personal speed record today thank to the spiffy boots I finally bought last year. My old boots gave so little support that I probably would have whined about icy conditions and gone home without skiing at all, but I actually enjoyed the unyielding conditions today, at least on the gentler terrain of the north loop. The classic tracks were very firm and distinct and quite a few classic skiers were out enjoying the late afternoon sunshine. I was happy to be skating, as classic would have involved hours applying a cold klister binder and umpteen coats of grip wax. It would have been fun, too, but the skating was so no work at all!
The only negative this afternoon was a snowmobile that came out of nowhere and passed us at what seemed like 100kph. Perhaps he was heading out to rescue an injured skier, but I almost had a heart attack when he came up so quickly and noisily beside us.
It looks like spring is really coming this week. Time to get out and enjoy the last couple of weeks of skiing in our wonderful park!

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.