TDLG on foot

Route

Overview of the 2017 TDLG on foot route

September 23: Welcome in Bonaventure
September 24: Bonaventure and its surroundings
September 25: Parc national de la Gaspésie
September 26: Parc national de la Gaspésie
September 27: Parc national de la Gaspésie
September 28: Gaspé and its surroundings
September 29: Parc national Forillon
September 30: Return home

Prices and packages

The TDLG offers all-inclusive, worry-free vacations, featuring:

• Six days of hiking 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!

The price you pay depends on the type of accommodations you choose.

September 23 and 24: Riôtel Bonaventure, Motel Grand Pré or community halls (dormitories), Bonaventure
September 25, 26 and 27: Gîte du Mont Albert or shelters (dormitories)
September 28 and 29: Motel Adams, Hôtel Plante, Auberge sous les arbres or community halls (dormitories), Gaspé

Accommodation packages

Single occupancy: $3,000 / person (taxes included)
This package guarantees the participant a room with a private bathroom at every TDLG stop.

Double occupancy: $2,150 / person (taxes included)
This package guarantees one room for two people (2 beds), with a private bathroom, at a hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast establishment at every TDLG stop.

Quadruple occupancy: $1,650 / person (taxes included)
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 (taxes included)
This package offers the comfort of a bed in a bedroom and the friendliness of a dormitory. 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.

Dormitory occupancy: $1,350/person (taxes included)
Accommodations provided at schools (gym or classroom), or at shelters, with shared washrooms. This means you need to bring along a sleeping bag and floor mat in addition to your personal care items (towel, soap, etc.).
– Bonaventure : To be determined
– Parc de la Gaspésie: Mont-Albert campground shelters
– Gaspé : To be determined

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 23, 2017. Contact your insurance broker for information about trip cancellation insurance.

Transportation

Once you get to the Gaspé peninsula, the TDLG will take care of everything, including transportation. However, all participants have to join the group by 4 pm on Saturday, Septembre 23, 2017 (place to confirm). 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 Septembre 23. 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), boarding at 6 am

Québec – Gaspésie (round trip) : $250 (taxes included)
Sainte-Foy Bus Terminal (3001 Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois), boarding at 9 am

Rimouski – Gaspésie (round trip) : $170 (taxes included)
Rimouski Bus Terminal (90 Avenue Léonidas Sud), boarding at 1 pm

Gaspé – Bonaventure (one way, September 23): $70 (taxes included)

Plane
You can choose to arrive in Gaspé by plane (Air Canada Jazz) or Bonaventure (Pascan Aviation). You have to organise this on your own. However, we can offer you transportation on September 23, from Gaspé to Bonaventure (transportation: 70$ taxes included, per person). Please note that their will be no transportation offered on September 30, from Gaspé to Bonaventure.

Personal vehicle
If you choose to use your personal vehicle to travel to the Gaspé Peninsula, we invite you to leave it in Gaspé. We’ll be delighted to offer you a spot in a parking lot (you’ll have to pay the parking fee, if applicable). Participants will have to reserve their spot on our chartered bus on September 23, from Gaspé to Bonaventure (transportation: 70$ taxes included, per person). Please take note that no cars may be used to follow along the TDLG route.

Gear

To make it easier for you to get around during the week and to lighten the load for our volunteers, we ask you to bring only one piece of luggage weighting no more than 20 kg *.

• Hiking boots**
• Hiking socks** (avoid cotton, wool or synthetic socks are better)
• Day pack (about 30 to 35 litres, no frame required)
• Hiking pole(s) (required: at least one retractable pole)
• Waterproof pants and jacket (preferably made of a breathable fabric like Gore-Tex)
• 1 whistle
• 1 head lamp with spare batteries
• 2 one-litre bottles or a 2-litre gourd (CamelBak-type)
• 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
• Gaiters
• Fleece or wool toque and gloves
• Hat or cap and sunglasses
• 1 first-aid kit (acetaminophen, bandages for blisters, etc.) and sunscreen
• 1 plastic travel mug with carabiner to attach the mug to the outside of your back pack
• 1 small knife
• 6 to 7 metres of adhesive tape (duct tape)
• 2 or 3 energy bars, jujubes or energy gels
• 1 water purification or treatment kit, or water purification tablets (not mandatory)
• Paper tissues, toilet paper
• Ziploc-type plastic bags
• Your health insurance card
• Your reusable lunch bag

Gear you need for the evening
• Comfortable evening wear
• Cash (for massotherapy, drinks at the bar, etc.)
• Ear plugs

Dormitory package only
• 1 sleeping bag and pad
• Pillow
• Towel
• Coins for the showers (Parc de la Gaspésie)

For any additional information, speak with our logistics coordinator, Rachel Arseneau.

* NEW: You will be charged an overweight fee if your baggage is too heavy.

** 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.

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Training

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 (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.

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.

Team

TDLG board of directors

Claudine Roy, president (successful business woman, Knight of the Ordre national du Québec)
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 teacher
Gaston Morin, administrator, retired teacher
Denis Henry, administrator, manager and mayor of Carleton-sur-Mer
Lise Élement, administrator, analyst at Telus
Gilles Mathurin, administrator, heavy equipment operator at Ville de Gaspé

TDLG team
Hélène Francoeur
, Director
Rachel Arseneau, Logistics Coordinator

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