Did a couple of skate passes of the Doldrums. Skating was surprisingly fast, despite the wet conditions (massive rilling of the bases probably helped). The main problem was the bumpy surface- there was no sign of recent grooming. With some machine smoothing of the surface, conditions would probably have been very good. I suspect tomorrow afternoon will bring similar conditions. It is definitely worthwhile to get out and ski (beats running in the slush and dirt on the side of the road).
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).