I’ve made a few changes to my “reporting template”. I’ve also added elevation and route maps based on what I upload from my garmin. Click on the links under “The Trails” for details.   In some cases I am “exploring” the park, so you may not want to follow my route…the more I get out, I’ll try to come up with some exact routes that make sense from the specific parking space…maybe this will be more than a one year project ...on va voir!

Date Skied:
January 7, 2012

Gatineau Loppet Training Update:

To ski or not to ski? That was the question.  With a pounding headache from this killer sinus infection (whine whine whine) I couldn’t decide whether I should even dare consider a ski. Either, I would come back feeling great, or awful.  It had been a week since I’d skied, and after 5 days of sitting in my office  (at least I sit on a stability ball), I felt the best thing I could do was get this body moving. So where do you go if you just want to see if your legs still function? I thought P3 was a good starting point.  Luckily, it turned into a beautiful ski and I felt surprisingly good.  The sun was setting creating a beautiful sky, and the moon was rising.  I also think I might have set a world record in quality of snot-rockets.

Overview:

P3 is located at the southern entrance to Gatineau Park.  The main trail option is the parkway.  Parking is limited, however, its a convenient drive from downtown.  The gentle terrain and wide trails, make it a good place to take a beginner on a night ski.

For those who like: Convenience, Ottawa/Gatineau night views, skiing over a highway, wide open trails, and beautiful sunsets/night sky views,  a good training ski, or getting out for a quick ski after  or before work, Classic and Skate Options.

Don’t Ski here if:  you want the trails all to yourself, on a weekend mid-day (good luck getting parking), a lot of trail variety, a quiet winding through the woods.

Directions:

P3  is located at the southern entrance of the park, on the corner of rue de la Gatineau and Rue Gamelin.

Here are directions from down town Ottawa:  

The Trails:

Its fun to ski over the blvd St Raymond, and if you are out at night you get a pretty sweet view of Ottawa on your return ski.  I love the reminder of how lucky we are to have such amazing trails so close to the city! But otherwise, P3 doesn’t have a ton going for it.  Other than the main parkway trail, there aren’t many trail options, and this is a parking lot that is often overflowing with visitors and dog walkers. It is a place thought, that I like to go out for night skis from, especially with beginners.  The twisty forest trails can be a little intimidating at night, and P3 offers wide open trails and very gentle ascents and descents (not a lot of flat…and I was surprised that I got up to 40km an hour on a decent). There is easy terrain for beginners from the very start.  Sunset is also a great time to ski here! For the most part though, given a little more terrain variety, and more parking, I’d probably be more  likely to start out from P1 (Asticou) or P2.

My Route:
Garmin Connect – Cold Recovery Night Ski (P3 10 km).

Elevation Details:
Cold Recovery Night Ski by nicolelunstead at Garmin Connect – Details.




Bringing Baby: 

All of the parkways are fairly good for pulling the chariot. This one is no exception.


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