Canadian Worldloppet weekend is ready to take off

The Gatineau Loppet announced that everything is prepared for the 2017's edition tomorrow and on Sunday.

Contributed byGatineau Loppet

The Gatineau Loppet Organizing Committee is currently wrapping up the preparations for the 39th edition of the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada. A festive ambiance and temperatures somewhat on the warm side for this time of year greeted skiers from 20 countries around the world for a memorable experience on the trails of Gatineau Park. The weather forecast is promising a great weekend of marathon skiing. 

Gatineau Loppet President Philippe Lebel would like to thank all of the skiers who have registered and invites the local population who has yet to do so, to come and join in this great cross country ski celebration. "The Gatineau Loppet is a unique opportunity for Gatineau Park regulars to ski the linear race through three municipalities - Gatineau, Chelsea and La Peche - with people from around the world in a superbly festive atmosphere - music along the trails, historical commentaries, medals for everyone, maple sugar candy, microbrewery beer at the arrivals, and a tuque for every participant in the 51 km races, etc. - while challenging themselves to deliver their personal best," indicated Mr. Lebel.

Tomorrow evening, the Gatineau Loppet will be inducting Pierre Harvey (also Honorary President) into the Legend's Path (hall of fame). The Legend's Path pays tribute to the individuals or organizations connected to the Gatineau Loppet that have marked it or have helped spread the word about the Loppet itself or cross-country skiing in general.

There are still a few spots in the different races, and anyone interested has only to come by as of 5 p.m. today to register.

For additional information, visit the Gatineau Loppet Web site at

The schedule in brief for the weekend

Friday, February 17th

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Opening of the XC Ski Show

6 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Swix Wax Clinic at the XC Ski Show

8 p.m.: Captains meeting at the cafeteria

Après-ski Evening: At Chelsea Pub


Saturday, February 18th: Classic style day and fatbike

6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Opening XC Ski Show, Agora and registration

7:45 a.m.: Buses departure for Wakefield (P17)

9:00 a.m.: Departure of the 51 km Swix race from Wakefield (P17)

                Departure of the 27 km Otto’s race from Mont-Bleu High School

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: After race meal

1 p.m.: Departure of the 15 km Chelsea et La Peche race from Mont-Bleu High School

1 p.m.: Departure of the 20 km Fat Bike race (P15)

1:10 p.m.: Departure of the 5 km Tourisme Outaouais race

1:10 p.m.: Departure of the 10 km Fat Bike race (P15)

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Award ceremonies at the XC Ski Show

3:30 p.m.: Swix Wax Clinic at the XC Ski Show

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Cocktail Worldloppet at the agora

Après-ski Evening: At Chelsea Pub


Sunday, February 19th: Freestyle day and snowshoe

7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Opening XC Ski Show, Agora and registration

9 a.m.: Departure of the 51 km Gatineau 2017 race

           Departure of the 27 km CCN race

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: After race meal

12 p.m.: Departure of the Mini 2 km Sport Échange Outaouais and the Carnaval Soleil Polaire

1 p.m.: Departure of the 10 km biPro race

1:15 p.m.: Departure of the 5km and 10 km snowshoe races

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Award ceremonies at the XC Ski Show

Après-ski Evening: At Chelsea Pub


The Gatineau Loppet would like to thank its partners, Ville de Gatineau, Swix, Otto’s BMW and Subaru, Desjardins, Nordik Spa-Nature, Fischer, biPro, Sport Échange Outaouais, le Pub Chelsea, Biscotti, Xact Nutrition, Nuun, Gouvernement du Québec, Tourisme Outaouais, Gatineau 2017, la Commission de la Capitale nationale (CCN), municipality of Chelsea, municipality of La Pêche, Winterlude, Crowne Plaza, Ramada Plaza Manoir du Casino and the many official suppliers and community partners.


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