Gatineau Nordique Sport

Stone Grinding & Skin Skis

Located adjacent to the Gatineau Park, in beautiful downtown Wakefield, Quebec

Skin Skis


The skins that we use to install on skis are manufactured by Montana, a large, well-established company located in Switzerland that makes a variety of products, including stone grinding and climbing skins for skis. 

Winter Hours 2021/2022

I am now open with regular hours


Open for Reservations

Starting Monday, June 7,   I will be open for reservations.  Please send me an email if you would like to make an appointment.

Have a good summer.


As of April 1, I am closed until further notice.


HOURS March 19, 2021

Starting now until the early fall, I will be available with a reservation.  Please send an email to

Ski Equipment for the Winter of 2021/22

From what I have been told by people in the ski business, in all likelihood there will be a shortage of ski equipment for the next winter.  I have good reason to believe that this is correct.

If you are planning on skiing next winter, if you need equipment and know what equipment you want, I highly recommend that you order now, in March.  I have up until the end of March to order skis, poles, bindings and waxes.  I have already ordered a lot of ski boots. Considering what is going in the world presently, ordering now does not 100% guarantee that you will get what you order.  However, it will increase the likelihood that you will receive the equipment you want. 

If you would like to order skis, boots, poles, bindings or waxes from Gatineau Nordique Sport, send me an email as to what you would like. I will follow this up with a phone call to confirm what you want.  

For many people, including myself and my family, this has been a long and difficult winter.  Looking at the situation in Quebec and Canada with regards to Covid -19, I am very optimistic that next winter will not be a repeat of this past winter.  

I wish everyone a safe and happy summer.  We have all earned it.


Monday12 to 5 pm
Thursday12 to 5 pm
Friday12 to 5 pm
Saturday12 to 5 pm

Gatineau Nordique Sport Newsletter + COVID19 Restrictions, January 2021

Both the Ontario and Quebec provincial governments are telling their citizens that people are expected to stay home and not travel to other jurisdictions.   From my vantage point, I completely agree.

Due to the fact that I repair cross country skis, I am allowed to remain open.  I serve one customer at a time, and sometimes I serve this person outside.  I am comfortable with what I am doing.

Courtesy of Rebecca Boss I now have an e-commerce portal for waxes, those being Montana Win the Race liquid, and the STAR liquid waxes.  Shipping to destinations within Canada is via Canada Post, with orders of $65 and over incurring no shipping charges.  For orders less than $65 there is a flat rate shipping charge of $8.00.

For the last few months I have not travelled to Ottawa.  Michael Bennett, the owner of Euro-sports in Ottawa, drops off and picks up skis at my shop, Gatineau Nordic Sport, in Wakefield once a week.  Since he lives in Quebec and works in Ottawa, he can continue to come here once a week. For people who live in Ontario, if you decide to drop off skis at Euro-sports to be delivered to me, write your name, telephone number and GNS on the skis.  Knock on the front door of the Euro-sports store and give them your skis.  Shortly thereafter, email me at  indicating that you have dropped off your skis to the Euro-sports store.   GNS customers and I will communicate via emails.

I have a very good supply of waxable classic skis that can used as waxable skis or be converted to skin skins. I have poles, classic boots and NNN bindings.  If you are not able to come to my store (GNS), send me an email stating your interests. I do not need you here to select and test skis for you.  If needed, I can ship the skis you purchase from my shop directly to you, or arrange for your skis to be delivered for you to Euro-sports in Ottawa.  As always, I guarantee the fit of skis that I sell you.

In keeping with what the medical professionals are asking us to do, at this point in time for customers from Ontario, I would very much like to invite you to approach me online via my website.

Ski safely.  Hoping to be able to serve you in the near future.

Wayne Johannsen

Regular GNS Hours

Monday11 am to 5 pm
Thursday11 am to 6 pm
Friday11 am to 5 pm
Saturday12 to 5 pm

Gatineau Nordique Sport Newsletter, October 2020

On Thursday, October 15, I will be opening with regular business hours. These hours, listed below, will be posted on my website and on the front door of the store.  

Monday            11am    to      5pm
Tuesday            Closed
Wednesday      Closed
Thursday          11am     to     6pm
Friday                11am    to     5pm
Saturday           12pm    to      5pm
Sunday              Closed

Recently,  I have spent a lot of time and energy in organizing my shop in a way that will allow me to be able to deal with Covid- 19 in a safe and appropriate way.  There are 2 signs on the front door.  One sign states “MAXIMUM 5 PEOPLE” and the other sign states that “MASKS ARE MANDATORY”.  There is hand sanitizer just inside the front door.  I will politely ensure that everyone maintains a safe social distance.  If you are planning on coming here to buy skis or have skis tested,  it would be helpful if you could send me an email stating when you would like to come here.  Through emails, we will arrange a reservation time.   For all other aspects of the services that I provide at GNS, you will not need a reservation.

As of Sunday,  October 11,  the Outaouais is a RED ZONE in Quebec.  The restrictions in a RED ZONE in Quebec are very similar to the restrictions in Ottawa.  At this point in time, there is no indication that they will close the bridges.  Having said this,  even if they close the bridges, there are appropriate ways that I can get your skis, do the work on these skis and get your skis back to Ottawa.  For people who have ordered products/equipment,  if you are not able to drive here,  I will ship the products to you and pay for the shipping.  As is the case with all businesses, out of necessity, there are appropriate ways of dealing with Covid -19.

 I am very much looking forward to skiing and providing a good service to other skiers so that they can also enjoy skiing this winter.  

 I look forward to seeing and talking to you,  albeit from a distance.  


Gatineau Nordique Sport Newsletter, June 2020

The Johannsen-Boss crew: Adrian, Gwen and the newest addition, James born in January!

OPEN      😊😊😊

As of June 8, 2020,  I am open for business. I will be available with a reservation. I will adhere to the guidelines that are being used in Wakefield with regards to physical distancing and the use of hand sanitizer. There will be a maximum of 4 people allowed in the shop. This information will be posted on the front door.   Shortly after Thanksgiving in October, I will have regular hours which will be posted on my  website and on the front door.

In October or early November,  I will send out a Newsletter with updated information and videos on: 

  •  liquid and solid waxes ( non fluoro, non poisonous and non toxic waxes)        They exist and they are excellent.
  •  base preparation after stone grinding
  •  skin skis  
  •  waxing skin skis 
  •  skis for wet conditions

The last 2 months have been a very difficult and stressful time for people all over the world. Presently, in Quebec and in the rest of Canada, the situation is improving and hopefully will continue to do so. I have never been more grateful that I am a Canadian citizen and living on Canadian soil. 

On a lighter note, as a sign of the times, yesterday, I stood in front of a mirror with a pair of scissors and cut my hair. I don’t think my mother would have approved. It is probably a good thing that I am better at stone grinding than I am at cutting hair.

I am very much looking forward to skiing and seeing people in my shop this fall/winter. 



3 ch Gendron, Unit 2

Wakefield, Quebec


GNS Hours of Operation


Monday with reservation
Tuesday 12pm-5pm
Wednesday with reservation
Thursday 12pm-5pm
Friday with reservation
Saturday 12pm-5pm
Sunday closed

Contact us to make a reservation!

Pricing 2018/2019

Stone Grinding

Grind including heatbox $65

Grinding including heatbox (10+ pairs) $60/pair

Hardening of the base $25

Peltonen skis that are sold as skin skis from GNS

Installation of skins $50

Waxing of skins $20

The Works’, install skins, wax the skins, grind and wax glides zones $100 

Skin Skis (customer’s skis)

Installation of skins $75

Waxing of skins $20

‘The Works,’ install skins, wax the skins, grind, and wax glide zones $125 

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Shipping Your Skis

We offer prime rates for shipping. Contact us for more information!

Drop-off Locations

GNS offers pick-up/drop-off at The Cyclery and Eurosports in Ottawa, ON