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Jan 25 (2011-01-25) by Charles Hodgson from P7
Trails Skied: #8 [3.2km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: blue
Skiing HIGHLAND on Robbie Burns Day seemed appropriate. Almost enough snow to be fearless but a few rocks still lurking, especially on the hill south of where #8 touches the parkway.

To be appropriately Scots for today I'll recall for you the names of the notable trail features. This trail was originally used mainly for going home after a weekend at Camp Fortune and so it is the downhills as you move toward Kingsmere that have names.

Doch-n-Doris is the big hill running south from where Highland (#8) crosses Frank's (#17). Doch-n-Doris is from Gaelic and means "a drink at the door" and is roughly equivalent to "one for the road."

Continuing south after passing close to by the parkway we climb up and over what was once a lookout at the corner turning east high above the parkway. This was known as Old Man Joe's Lookout, named in honour of that old Scot Joe Morin who built the trail.

The trail then descends a little and is appropriately named "A Wee Drop."

The rock overlooking King Mountain and Black Lake was King Lookout (not too Scottish) but marks the start of the long steep descent known as "The Highland Fling."

At the bottom the trail passes close by a house at a place once known as "Glen McTavish."

Despite all temptations, drinking whiskey on this trail is not recommended!

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.