Gatineau Park

Trails Skied: #50, #55 (green - shared), Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Blue

Just a short ski from P19 to Taylor Lake. The conditions were very good for classic even late in the day, despite a few random stones here and there and a few dirty patches. It was evident in several spots how thin the snow base really is.

Garry was less thrilled with the skating conditions, because of the recurring "Demsis bump", as well as dirt, oil and unevenness from snowmobiles and walkers.

The intersection of trails 50 and 55 were poor by anyone's standards - even taking into account the snow depth. This is a paved area similar to the parkways, yet the damage seems to be caused by the grooming (wrong equipment perhaps? Groomed when too mild?) not by a severe lack of snow.

We didn't ski out towards Herridge, but it looked very tempting past the new bridge.

Gatineau park 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.

Gatineau park map

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).

Gatineau park map