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Mar 20 (2011-03-20) by Ken Trischuk from P7
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1B, #30, #4, #14 [17.1km], Glide Wax: Purple, Grip Wax:
As Eric suggested - everything that was groomed was very nice this morning. A few icy spots but for the most part fast and easy skiing. I started from P7 and trail 30 hadn't been groomed up to Wattsfords. For the most part it was manageable on the way up - a little awkward/icy but not too bad. By the time I got back later in the day the surface had softened nicely for an easy descent. Couple of icy spots to watch out for but not in surprising areas and they are well flagged. The groomers had rolled ridge and then dropped down Penguin so from then on I had beautiful grooming throughout with the exception of the Champlain parkway past the lookouts. Looks like they've abandoned grooming it as its pretty icy now. It had sofened in the sun to managable level when I skied through but probably not much the groomers can do with it unless we get more snow tomorrow.

Managed to time my ski really well as per Ron's suggestion yesterday. Got good skiing early and then stayed for a little sunshine late. Most of the benches were in full use but I got Brule lookout and its sun warmed rocks to myself to enjoy the sunshine and salute old man winters departure. What will spring bring us tomorrow?

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.