Glorious spring ski from P10 to Wolf trail via parkways, 1B, 24
Despite the NCC's "end of season" message, parkways were groomed, including a beautiful track up the FP. Coverage on the parkways is getting quite thin in places, particularly the Champlain parkway and trail 1 between Huron and Champlain. Bare patches where expected (Huron, Etienne Brule, Champlain) but we were able to get through without taking our skis off (walked across 1m of grass at E.B.). Conditions improve past Champlain. Bare patch at the valley-view bench, but Wolf trail climb still has decent coverage (likely not for long though). Overall, a very enjoyable ski in perfect weather. Things were getting slushy after noon where exposed to the sun, so if no grooming is done Sunday morning there may be some interesting icy ruts early morning.
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).