TDLG on foot

FROM SEPTEMBER 21 TO 28, 2019

Route

TDLG on foot 6th edition will be presented from september 21th to 28th, 2019. Participants will travel between Gaspesie’s mountains and sea, from Matane to Gaspé, without missing the majestic Mounts Chic-Chocs

Routes will be presented every night, with map support. The logistics team will be pleased to answer any questions.

When needed, bus transportation is arranged to bring hikers from accommodations to trails and back.

The TDLG hickers and runners will travel an average of 15-20 km every day! Either on foot or running, the TDLG is an event without competition, it’s a challenge towards oneself, where everyone is a winner. 

Welcome | Saturday 09.21
Meet and greet in Matane
Accommodation at Riôtel Matane

Day 1 | Sunday 09.22
Route in Matane region
Accommodation at Riôtel Matane

Day 2 | Monday 09.23
Route between Matane and Parc national de la Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert

Day 3 | Thuesday 09.24
Parc national de la Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert

 Day 4 | Wednesday 09.25
Route in Haute-Gaspésie région
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert

Day 5 | Thursday 09.26
Route near Gaspé
Accommodation in Gaspé at Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Motel Adams

Day 6 | Friday 09.27
Forillon National Park
Accommodation in Gaspé at Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Motel Adams

The end | Saturday 09.28
Breakfast and leaving

** The routes may change right up to the last minute**
Accommodations are assigned by TDLG’s team, depending on chosen package and room availability.

Prices and packages

The TDLG offers a worry-free vacation, featuring:

• Six days of hiking or running with all the logistical support and safety you need;
• Seven nights’ accommodations;
• All meals, including seven suppers featuring regional fare;
• Snacks, water and provisions along the trail;
• Quality organised activities every evening;
• Medical resources;
• And so much more!

Accommodation packages
The prices depends on the type of accommodations you choose. Packages offered include meals and all other services provided during the TDLG, as well as all taxes.

Single occupancy: $3,300 / person 
This package guarantees the participant a room with a private bathroom at every TDLG stop.

Double occupancy – 2 beds: $2,400 / person
This package guarantees one room for two people, with two beds and a private bathroom, at a hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast establishment at every TDLG stop.

Double occupancy – 1 bed: $2,200 / person
This package guarantees one room for two people, with one bed and a private bathroom, at a hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast establishment at every TDLG stop.

You form a group of three? Contact us!

Quadruple occupancy: $1,700 / person
Ideal for groups of friends, this package features two double or larger beds per room, with a private bathroom. If you’re not participating in the TDLG with friends, we’ll pair you with other participants, taking into account some criteria to make sure you have a most pleasant stay. We’re good at this!

Friends’ occupancy: $1,500 / person
The perfect solution for those on a budget. Participants who choose this package will share the following spaces: each bedroom will have 4 occupants (sharing 2 double beds) and each bathroom will accommodate no more than 8 people. Accommodations will be provided at cottages, bed-and-breakfast establishments or motels.

CANCELLATION POLICY
No cancellations will be accepted except in the case of a fortuitous event such as an accident, death or serious illness. It’s important to point out that if you cancel your booking, a $250 fee will be retained. No cancellations will be accepted after August 21st 2019. Contact your insurance broker for information about trip cancellation insurance.

Transportation

Once you get in Gaspesie, the TDLG will take care of everything, including transportation. However, all participants have to join the group by 4 pm on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at the Riôtel Matane. To help you get there on time, we offer a variety of options.


Chartered coaches

To keep our impact on the environment as slight as possible, we offer a shuttle service by chartered coach in collaboration with the carrier, Orléans Express. The bus will leave in the morning on September 21st. You have to bring your lunch for the trip out but we’ll provide a boxed lunch for the return trip.

Montréal – Gaspésie (round trip): $280 (taxes included)
Montréal Bus Station (1717 Rue Berri)

Québec – Gaspésie (round trip) : $250 (taxes included)
Sainte-Foy Bus Terminal (3001 Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois),

Rimouski – Gaspésie (round trip) : $170 (taxes included)
Rimouski Bus Terminal (90 Avenue Léonidas Sud)

Gaspé – Matane – (to Matane on the 21st or the 28th) : $70 (taxes included)
Place Jacques-Cartier parking lot, Gaspé

Plane
You can choose to arrive in Gaspé by plane (Air Canada Jazz). You have to organise this on your own.

Personal vehicle
If you choose to use your personal vehicle to travel in Gaspésie, you will have to leave it parked for the week in Matane. No personal vehicles will be allowed during the week.
If you want to reduce your ecological footprint, you can participate to carbon offsetting by planting trees:https://sargim.com/service-de-compensation-carbonne/

Gear

To make it easier for you to get around during the week and to ensure space in buses, we ask you to bring only one piece of luggage weighting no more than 20 kg *.
To avoid loss of material, please identify your suitcase, your daily backpack and your hiking poles.

*Suggested weight. Note that you will have to carry your luggage by yourself, sometimes up and down stairs. Thus, the ideal weight is the one you can carry.

Gear List
Mandatory equipment:

• Hiking boots**
• Hiking socks** (avoid cotton, wool or synthetic socks are better)
• Hiking pole(s)
• Waterproof pants and jacket (preferably made of a breathable fabric like Gore-Tex)
• Warm clothing (including underwear of merino wool or synthetic material such as lycra, polyester, etc.)
• Your usual hiking clothes
• 1 down-filled or synthetic insulating coat
• 1 first-aid kit (acetaminophen, bandages for blisters, etc.) and sunscreen
• Your health insurance card• 1 tool kit with : head lamp with spare batteries, 1 whistle, small knife, duck tape, lighter
• Paper tissues, toilet paper
• 1 plastic travel mug with carabiner to attach the mug to the outside of your back pack
• 2 one-litre bottles or a 2-litre gourd (CamelBak-type
• Day pack (about 20 litres, no frame required)
• Your reusable lunch bag

Non-mandatory equipment:
• Gaiters
• Fleece or wool toque and gloves
• Hat or cap and sunglasses
• Snacks (in addition to the lunches we provide, depending of your appetite)
• 1 water purification or treatment kit, or water purification tablets (not mandatory)
• Bathing suit and towel

Gear you need for the evening:

• Comfortable evening wear
• Cash (for massotherapy, drinks at the bar, souvenirs, etc.)
• Ear plugs
• Bathing suit and towel

For specific questions regarding the required gear, contact our logistic coordinator Laurence Provencher

** For your greater comfort and to keep the risk of blistering to a minimum, we strongly recommend you wear your hiking boots often prior to the TDLG to “break them in”. We also suggest you wear a pair of thin socks under your hiking socks.

Download the list in pdf. format >

Training

Cardio Plein Air: official training partners
A Cardio Plein Air certified trainer will be abord the cruise ship to give warm up sessions in the morning and stretching activities at the end of the day. And to be in the best shape possible for the event, here are some training programs and tips.

You would like to join a training group to help motivate you in your training?
Contact Cardio Plein Air!

The TDLG is not a marathon. Your personal training, taking into account your skills and what you want to accomplish during the cross-country hike, is amply sufficient. Although we hope you will be able to make the most of the proposed route, we do offer opportunities along the route where you can leave the trail if you don’t feel able to go on.

For a fun-filled TDLG…
Here are few training suggestions from Jean St-Denis, better known as Jeannôt, a friend of the TDLG and college-level physical education teacher (he’s notably taught a hiking course in the Alps).

“Basically, there’s only one specific thing you need to do to get in shape: Walk as often as possible as you go about your daily activities (at work and when you shop for groceries, visit friends, go to church, bingo, see your psychotherapist, etc.). And as you do so, wear the boots you’ll be using during the Traversée de la Gaspésie. Walk, walk, walk all day long, and be happy and joyful while doing so! Walk when you play golf or soccer; walk when you get your groceries; take the stairs; and go about your daily routine on foot. Then, from time to time, go for a long hike, ideally a two-day outing… and be sure to carry the back pack you’ll be using during the TDLG.

As an easy guideline, I suggest you walk 115 km (a bite more of the length of the TDLG route) during the month leading up to the event. Since this year’s proposed route is not exactly flat, it would be a good idea to do your preparatory hiking in similar terrain (in hilly country with lots of ups and downs), and do some interval training. Some muscle-building exercises would also make the TDLG hike more enjoyable.

In September, you should be walking a lot, especially in the early part of the month when you also include a few interval training sessions. And above all, look at something other than your feet.”

Jeannôt also suggests you read pages 178 -179 of Guy Thibault’s book Entraînement cardio, sports d’endurance et performance, Vélo Québec Éditions, 2009. “It’s very methodological and highly technical (maybe too much so) but it’s a great guideline.”

Guests

Sophie Faucher, porte-parole de la porte-parole, comédienne et animatrice

Sophie a découvert la TDLG en 2009 et depuis, elle se fait un devoir et un plaisir immense d’en parler à chaque occasion. « Gaspésienne d’adoption », c’est une ambassadrice convaincue. Sophie skie de bon cœur et trouve toujours le moyen de semer la joie sur son passage. Son mollet de feu est prêt pour la bottine et ses diverses réjouissances.

Nancy Gauthier, comédienne, entraîneuse et franchisée Cardio Plein Air Rimouski

Grande amoureuse de la Gaspésie et de la TDLG, cette comédienne a plus d’une corde à son arc! Animatrice, massothérapeute, entraîneuse certifiée et femme d’affaires. Tout au long de la semaine elle donnera les séances d’échauffement le matin et d’étirement au retour des randonneurs. Ce sera sa 8e TDLG depuis 2005 et sa 2e Bottine. La Gaspésie elle l’a tatoué sur le cœur.

Sylvie Gallant, accordéoniste et semeuse de bonne humeur

Animatrice, chanteuse et compositrice, Sylvie divertit petits et grands depuis un quart de siècle. Ces dernières années, elle s’est surtout consacrée au public jeunesse avec son personnage de Gallantine. De plus en plus, elle joue ses propres compositions, parfois à saveur folklorique avec un zeste slave. On la compare à une étoile filante qui laisse sur son sillage un peu de magie et beaucoup de bonheur! Elle sera fidèle au poste pour stimuler la troupe au départ et l’accueillir à l’arrivée.

TDLG board of directors
Claudine Roy, president (successful business woman, Knight of the l’Ordre national du Québec and Member of the Order of Canada)
Thierry Pétry, vice president, anaesthetist and one half of a two-person skiing expedition to the South Pole with Bernard Voyer
Odette Cavanagh, secretary-treasurer, retired ex-teacher
Denis Henry, administrator, retired manager and ex-mayor of Carleton-sur-Mer
Carmen Léger, administrator, singing teacher
Gilles Mathurin, administrator, heavy equipment operator at Ville de Gaspé
Marie-Josée Talbot, guide and specialist at Karavaniers

Board of governors
Also called the ”master” committee, the expertise of the members makes a great support to the organization. 
Gaston Morin
, retired ex-administrator and ex-teacher

TDLG team – 418-368-8803

Andrée-Anne Roberge, Executive Director
Claudia Chenel, Project Coordinator
Laurence Provencher, Logistics Coordinator

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