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Mar 11 (2011-03-11) by Ken Trischuk from P6
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , MacKenzie-King Rd [2.2km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: waxless
Short ski to check out the snow after starring gloomily out the window for the last couple of days. Didn't expect much but was surprised to find some grooming on the parkway. Appears the groomer left the barn at P8 and drove up the parkway through Mica to P6 and then back again and also did the Doldrums. They only groomed a 10ft wide track with classic tracks diwn the sides and a skating lane up the middle. I would guess it was done midday when it was clear we weren't going to get as much rain as expected. Probably an exploratory run for the groomer just as it was for me. The classic track had melted down a bit when I got there at 9pm and the corduroy was none too crisp... But the base was firm to slightly soft. The temperature was 1C as I skied so the snowpack was solidifying as I skied. Skied down to P5 and then back and drove around to P8 to see if it was groomed. Will conditions be good for skating in the morning? Or be a frozen block of ice that is unskiable? We'll have to see but I would think it would be worth a gamble to check out. As Craig suggested there is still LOTS of snow so lots of good skiing as it cools down in a few days.

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.