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Mar 23 (2011-03-23) by Jo-Ann Holden from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #24 [12.8km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Teho Green
The web site was quite late in updating this morning (9:30) , and indicated that all the trails were either yellow (fair) or not recommended. However I had already removed yesterday’s glop from my classic skis and rewaxed, so I decided to try P10 again (marked fair). If I found they had turned it to ice, I was going to take the dog for a very long walk.

I nearly cried when I saw the trails! Beautiful grooming! The groomers had groomed at the right time, with the right equipment and evidently with a great deal of care. It was one of the best skis of the year, one of those you remember when telling people, in July, what a fantastic sport cross country skiing can be. I skied Fortune to Ridge to the Wolf Trail, took 24 and Ridge back. The Teho green worked like a charm, just enough grip to really go, and no rewaxing needed. Every trail I saw should have had a large bright green check mark.

Here is what was well groomed, from what I skied on, passed by, or heard about:
Ridge, both directions from Gossip, to the Fire Tower (or was it McKinstry?)
#24 - it was beautiful
Trail 40 - wish I had more time to ski this.

To be clear, there was no ice whatsoever except an incredibly obvious small patch on Ridge near Burma. The classic tracks were sometimes icy, but certainly not a hazard. Just kind of fun and fast. I saw no ice in the skate lanes, not even on downhills.

This was certainly an excellent day! Bravo to Demsis for not giving up on us yet! If you have an unused sick day........this is an opportunity to improve your health!

I’ll be posting photos late tonight on my site.

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
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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.