Status of Gatineau Park’s Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, and Snow Bike Network, and Grooming Operations
This week’s snowfall allowed the maintenance crew to mechanically groom the Parkway system and a large part of the trail network. Although we have had a break from the extreme cold over the past few days, the return of frigid temperatures is expected over the weekend.
The snow cover remains thin in places. On January 5th, the compacted snow base at the intersection of Fortune Lake Parkway and Trail #1 was 6 cm.
The Parkway network as well as the majority of trails will be groomed and track set as of Friday morning, in an attempt to offer the best conditions possible for the weekend. This will be the case in both sectors of the Park (North and South).
A number of backcountry trails are now recommended. Be careful as you may still encounter rocks or patches of ice.
You may follow the evolution of ski trail conditions on our Website.
Other winter activities
The snow cover is relatively thin on the snowshoeing and snow biking trails. The whole network is currently recommended; however, expect to encounter rocks and ice.
All trails dedicated to winter walking have been compacted since Tuesday’s snowfall and are in good condition.
Different trails for different activities
Be courteous to other users. Use only the trails dedicated to your activity.
Season passes are still available.
Please be cautious and shorten your outings in this extreme cold.