Gaspé, June 4, 2014 – In September, hike to pure pleasure! The Traversée de la Gaspésie (TDLG) invites hiking enthusiasts to register now. The first TDLG on Foot, the latest offspring of the TDLG trans Gaspé Peninsula adventures, will take place from September 27 to October 4.
Put on your boots. As the mountains of the Gaspé put on their brightest fall colours and whales sport in the waters near the shore, 125 hikers will first measure their abilities in the mountains in the Chic-Chocs by climbing Mont Albert, Mont Jacques-Cartier and Mont Xalibu. Then, they will be welcomed by the communities of Rivière-Madeleine, Grande-Vallée, Petite-Vallée, Saint-Yvon and Anse-à-Valleau along the north side of the Upper Gaspé Peninsula. Their adventure will come to an end along the ridges and pebble beaches of Forillon National Park of Canada. “Having hiked in Spain, France and all over the place in North America, I’m sure people will be absolutely amazed by the sheer beauty of our Gaspé Peninsula,” assured Claudine Roy, the organisation’s president.
Charmed by the beauty of the Gaspé’s winter scenery when she participated in the latest edition of the TDLG cross-country skiing event, Pascale Buissières enthusiastically accepted to become the spokesperson for the first TDLG on Foot. “Last winter, I discovered the splendours of the Gaspé Peninsula blanketed in its thick white mantle for the first time. The Traversée was an emotion-filled initiation, an epiphany! This fall, I’ll have the immense privilege of being the spokesperson for the TDLG on Foot. It’s an on-going love story, and you’re invited… to fall in love with our most beautiful summits, soaring headlands that plunge into the sea, and autumn dressed in its brightest colours. Irresistible!
An unusual inauguration. The TDLG on foot will end on a very special high note: the inauguration of North America’s first Grande Randonnée (GR) trail, the GRA1, slated to take place at Forillon on October 3. In partnership with the International Appalachian Trail – Québec (IAT), the TDLG will invite TDLG hikers and the public to participate in this unique, international event. According to general manager Maïté Samuel-Leduc, “The IAT trails, which feature exceptional scenery and accessible hiking conditions easily rival the grande randonnée trails I’ve hiked in Europe. The TDLG offers hikers the opportunity to participate in a unique event in an enchanting setting.”
Treats and safety. As it does for its cross-country ski event, the TDLG will offer a safe environment, experienced guides, gourmet meals featuring Gaspé Peninsula terroir products and a festive atmosphere in the evening where the region’s artists will share their talents.
Hop on your bike! The third TDLG on Wheels will be held next July 5 to 12. The cyclists will take to the road at Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, setting off on a 450-km adventure to Rivière-au-Renard by way of Chaleur Bay, Percé and Gaspé. Sign up now, there’s still room for more cycling enthusiasts!
Ski to pure pleasure! The next TDLG on ski will be held february 21 to 28 2015. Sign up on our web site from the septembre 3rd.
About the TDLG. Every year since 2003, the Traversée de la Gaspésie has hosted an unforgettable week of cross-country skiing in the enchanting setting of the Gaspé Peninsula. The week of merry-making, skiing, friendship, personal challenge, pleasure, seaside and mountains brings together men and women of all ages, from all walks of life and from around the world. In the same spirit, it has also offered a week of cycling every year since 2012, and in 2014, it will be adding a week of hiking.
The TDLG receives financial support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, Ville de Gaspé and local development centres as well as from the Gîte du Mont-Albert, Desjardins, Belle Gueule and Le Brise-Bise.
Source: Maïté Samuel-Leduc