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Posted by Michael McGolkdrick, Sat Mar 24 2012 at 11:50 am

End of 2012 cross-country ski season in Gatineau Park - NCC News Release
Below is the news release from the NCC announcing that the 2012 cross-country ski season in the Gatineau Park officially came to an end on March 23, 2012.  It was posted on the NCC website more than a week earlier than last year, when trail grooming ended on April 1st, 2011.

Another interesting difference is that last year’s announcement indicated that trail grooming services would resume if there was a significant snowfall prior to April 15. There was no such commitment in this year’s news release.


End of Cross-Country Ski Season in Gatineau Park

March 23, 2012

The 2011-12 cross-country ski season on the trails at Gatineau Park officially ends today, Friday, March 23.

This year, over 5500 cross-country skiers bought season passes for the season that opened on December 27, 2011. The National Capital Commission (NCC) looks forward to welcoming back all skiers on the trails next season.

At 88 days, this season was a little shorter than the average of the last few years. However, there was no closure or interruption during that period. Moreover, between December 27, 2011 and March 20, 2012 except for three days, the entire network of trails enjoyed the “recommended” rating.

The NCC wishes to thank everyone who contributed to this success including the Service récréatifs Demsis team, the volunteer patrol team and the participants to the Park Dialogue Winter Trails Workshop. Thanks also go out to everyone who organized special events in Gatineau Park during the winter season, including the Gatineau Loppet.

Maintenance work and spring cleaning operations on the parkway network in Gatineau Park will proceed over the coming weeks. The parkways are scheduled to open to motor vehicle traffic Friday, May 4 at noon.

For more information about winter activities in Gatineau Park, please contact the NCC at

819-827-2020, 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free), 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca.


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