Gaspé, November 12, 2014 – From February 21 to 28, 2015, the cross-country skiers participating in the 13th edition of the Traversée De La Gaspésie (TDLG) event will be on their way to pure pleasure on the snow-covered trails of the Gaspé Peninsula. For seven days and across nearly 200 km, skiers from around the world will be sharing the trails to discover the Gaspé winter. An innovation this year, participants will also have the option of snowshoeing the TDLG.
Ski or snowshoe the TDLG. In fact, this year – for the first time – the TDLG is officially offering showshoers the opportunity to participate in the event. “Over the past few years, we’ve offered participants the option of snowshoeing for a day or two. Given the sport’s popularity, we decided that this year we would offer participants the choice of snowshoeing all week long during the TDLG cross-country ski event. Showshoers will be able to enjoy the same infrastructure and safety available to skiers as they practice their favourite sport on the incredible trails on the Gaspé Peninsula,” indicated Claudine Roy, the organisation’s CEO. Snowshoers will trek 10 to 20 km per day and will be accompanied by a safety team. As during recent editions of the TDLG, skiers who want to take a break from their skis will also have the option of snowshoeing a stretch of trail.
Percé, the magnificent. For its thirteenth edition, the TDLG has included a stay in Percé for participants. After three days of skiing in the Chic-Chocs where, leaving from the Gîte du Mont-Albert, they will enjoy several kilometres of trails in the immensity of Parc national de la Gaspésie, the participants will travel by bus to Percé for two fun-filled evenings at the magnificent village church.
The end of the journey will take them to Gaspé, with overnight stays at the seaside in Coin du Banc and in the village of Douglastown. For the final kilometres of the event, participants will ski through the splendour of Forillon National Park of Canada, with the sea again serving as their backdrop. As it does every year, the TDLG invites the public to join the skiers on the trails for this final day. To close this 13th epic Gaspé Peninsula adventure, the skiers will be back on Gaspé’s Rue de la Reine on Friday, February 27, where the public and local school children will be invited to join them for the traditional welcoming of the skiers.
Combine sports and fine dining. To pay tribute to all the senses, the TDLG will offer participants the flavours and perfumes of the Gaspé by adding local gourmet products to its menus. Each day’s supper will feature a Gaspé Peninsula product: yak, seafood, maple syrup… cod balls, strawberry liqueur… the fine food fare is certain to tingle the taste buds of participants. “It’s important for us to encourage participants to discover as many Gaspé Peninsula flavours as possible. Our products are attractive and delicious and we want to make sure each participants goes home with a bit more of the Gaspé in their hearts and their stomachs,” said Maïté Samuel-Leduc, TDLG general manager.
The arts, again and forever. The TDLG is not just cross-country skiing; it’s also an opportunity for cultural gatherings and discoveries. The participants are in for a treat again this year. The 13th edition will feature an artist in residence who will take inspiration from the settings and the people to create a work of art during the week. As usual, music will be omnipresent throughout this great adventure. The TDLG jazz quartet will be playing live during the evenings and the roving musicians, Les Zappalaches, will join the skiers on the trails at the shelters and water stations. And of course, our accordionist Sylvie Gallant will be serenading participants on the trails!
Skiers from France and the United States on the trails. As of today, 10 percent of registered TDLG participants are from the United States and France. A not-for-profit organisation, the TDLG receives funding from Canada Economic Development, which will support the event for the next two years by promoting the Traversée on international markets. “We promote the Traversée de la Gaspésie cross-country skiing event – and our beautiful Gaspé Peninsula – in a number of countries in Europe, in the United States and elsewhere in Canada,” indicated Roy.
Our ever-faithful spokespersons! What would the TDLG be without its spokesperson for life, actor Isabel Richer? She will return to the limelight this year with her colleague and TDLG on foot spokesperson, Pascale Bussières.
Grab your boots. After the resounding success of the 2014 TDLG on foot, the team is already preparing the 2015 edition which will take place from September 26 to October 3. The organisation is already scoping out the best possible trails to offer hikers. Registrations will begin at 8:30 am on December 3, 2014. Why not spoil yourself with a Traversée as a Christmas gift this year?
About the TDLG. Every year since 2003, Les Traversées de la Gaspésie, a not-for-profit organisation, 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 recent years it has also hosted three cross-country cycling events on the Gaspé Peninsula and in fall 2014, the TDLG hosted its first week of hiking on Gaspé Peninsula trails.
Source: Maïté Samuel-Leduc
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