Saturday, February 25, 2012

Greetings from the Great White North! Awesome X-Country Skiing in Gatineau Park, Quebec, Canada

It's that time of year once again. To beg forgiveness of our diehard "must paddle winter" paddle buddies for parking our awesome sea kayaks and GPs (Greenland paddles) and picking up the ski poles instead.

I say, this is a better idea in winter! But hey, whatever floats your boat.

Good news! It's still not too late to convert from the "stick" (Greenland paddle) to the ski pole this winter. The sales are on and the snow is back! At least around here in the National Capital Region of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario/Gatineau, Quebec).

For last year's tempting plea for more diehard winter paddlers to convert to the slopes see:  Paddlers who don't know they love cross-country skiing yet . . . but will!

Or check out what you're missing again this year. Join us! Hit the slopes! I'm just sayin' Let's Ski! We'll paddle again when stuff thaws out.
Ski to a day cabin in Gatineau Park. Pretty awesome.
Gatineau Park cabins are cute from any angle.
Inside a cabin. Get comfy.
Heat up lunch in some Aluminium foil on top of the wood stove. Don't bring anything drippy! Grilled cheese sandwiches are great.
I love woodpeckers!
Here's another woodpecker at a Gatineau Park bird feeder.
Gatineau Park red squirrels love to play peek-a-boo. They dig tunnels under the deep snow to the bird feeders in Gatineau Park. So cool! And so cute! Do you see a hole to the tunnel at the left of this picture? It leads to the bird feeder. One squirrel keeps watch, while the others eat. There were 5 at the bird feeder today. A family? Yep, they squabble at times. And watch out for each other. So must be!
I'll admit. I love the red squirrels in Gatineau Park. So beautiful!
Happy ski and paddle trails! Stay warm.
The BaffinPaddler


  1. Groomed trails, warming hut, that's my kind of X-country skiing..all that's lacking..a rope tow for the hills!

  2. I hear ya! Gatineau Park is famous for lots of hills!