January 28, 2012 in gatineau park, ski, snowboarding, snowshoeing, xc skiing
Charles Hodgson has posted a couple of scary graphs on GuideGatineau that are sure to make winter lovers take pause. The City of Ottawa has recently published a report on Ottawa waterheds within municipal boundaries, and a clear trend towards less and less winter precipitation (i.e. the white stuff) seems pretty obvious:
As you can see, precipitation in the winter has fallen from around 220mm to under 175mm over the past 100 years, or, assuming a 10:1 precipitation:snow ratio, about 2.2 metres to 1.75 metres. This, despite overall precipitation and that in other seasons has risen. What could this mean for skiers, snowshoers, and other snow-hounds?
A 2005 report by the NCC actually predicted that by 2050 there might not be enough snow to offer XC and snowshoe trails in Gatineau Park!
Scary stuff indeed. Read Charles’ full post over at GuideGatineau.
December 29, 2011 in snowshoeing
At long last, the NCC has officially opened Gatineau Park’s snowshoe trail network today! The 55km network of snowshoeing trails is accessible from parking lots 2, 6, 13, 15, 17, 19 and the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Chelsea.
My girlfriend got me a pair of snowshoes for Christmas, so I can’t wait to get out and give them a try! You can check the OutdoorOttawa Snowshoe page for the latest trail conditions and pictures, and feel free to post your own!
They’ve also opened Gatineau Park’s 10-kilometre winter walking trail network, too, with a few great hikes including one of my favourites, the Lauriault Trail. You can access the winter walking trails from parking lots 3, 6 and the Gatineau Park Visitor Center.
Lots of great ways to get outside and enjoy winter! See you out there!
October 27, 2011 in camping, gatineau park, snowshoeing, xc skiing
The NCC put a post on their site this week announcing their preparations for Winter, including some early-bird rates on cross country ski passes. Until December 15th, XC enthusiasts can get their passes at a $30 discount off the regular rate of $170.
|Cross-Country Ski Rates
(until December 15)
(starting December 16)
|Adult (age 18 to 59)
|Student (age 18 to 24)
Senior (age 60 and older)
|Youth (age 13 to 17)
|Family* (Maximum five passes)
|* Maximum of two adults and three youths.
Free for children 12 years and under.
Administration fee of $2.50 per shipment.
Rates for groups of 25 or more are also available
Cabins and Yurts
What better way to stretch out a visit to Gatineau Park than with a stay in one of their yurts or cabins? That was my thought, too, until I noticed the NCC’s reservation site for winter campsites, cabins, and yurts is offline. It turns out reservations are on hold until the winter season opens on November 1st at 9am!
September 15, 2011 in biking, camping, gatineau park, hiking, mountain biking, nature, news, paddling, ski, snowshoeing, xc skiing
CPAWS Media Release concerning the A5 highway extension that cuts through the formal boundaries of Gatineau Park. The crises of park governance have gone on long enough! It is time for politicians to act: Legislate proper protection for Gatineau Park.
August 2, 2011 in biking, camping, gear, hiking, mountain biking, nature, news, outdoor tech, paddling, rock climbing, skate, ski, snowshoeing, swimming, xc skiing
40 years ago today – on August 2nd, 1971, – a bunch of hippies in Vancouver incorporated an outdoor equipment retailing co-op so they didn’t have to smuggle gear across the boarder from Seattle, and today more than 3 million Canadians are members of the Mountain Equipment Co-op, and their lives are no doubt better off for it!
A quick Happy Birthday to MEC today, and a big Thanks for being there!