Gatineau Park Update: February 2, 2018

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Status of Gatineau Park’s Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, and Snow Bike Network, and Grooming Operations
Overall ski conditions

You can still ski on most of the trail network. The ski surface is composed of a hard base covered with fresh snow. Some trails may be icy and have debris on them. For your safety, we ask that you stay on the recommended trails.

All trails will be groomed for the weekend, with the exception of trails 33 and 36 black. The snow base is too thin on these trails.

Because of the fresh snow, the classic tracks are more fragile. Skate skiers need to take extra precautions not to damage them.

The recommended starting points are P1, P2, P3, P5, P6, P7, P8, P9, P10, P11, P12, P16, P17 and P19.

Backcountry Trails:

Backcountry trails are not recommended. The icy base makes for difficult descents; more snow is needed to improve this situation.

Follow the evolution of the ski trail conditions on our Website.

Snowshoeing, snow biking and winter hiking

All trails are recommended for snowshoeing. However, the base remains icy and caution is required. It is currently forbidden to walk on snowshoeing trails.

The soft snow conditions make snow biking impossible at the moment. The tracks left by the tires are too deep. Conditions are expected to improve rapidly as a result of the high snowshoe traffic, especially in the southern sector. We will closely monitor the evolution of the situation.

The Sugarbush, Pioneers and Capital trails—dedicated to winter hiking—will be groomed mechanically this week. A grooming of the Lauriault Trail will be attempted as well, but the snow cover on this trail remains minimal and the results may not be satisfactory.

Follow the evolution of snowshoeing and winter biking trail conditions by following these links: SnowshoeingSnow biking.

Different trails for different activities

Be courteous to other users. Use only the trails dedicated to your activity.


Please be safe and enjoy winter activities in the Park!