TDLG skis and snowshoes

Route

2018 Ski and Snowshoe TDLG
The 16th edition of the winter TDLG will be held February 17 to 24, 2018. Participants will renew with the seashore and mountains unique to the Gaspésie.

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2018 route
The TDLG routes for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will be presented to participants on a daily basis. Maps in hand, the logistic team will be delighted to answer your questions!

When necessary, bus transportation will be provided to take skiers and snowshoers to their departure areas and then back to their lodging once they reach the end of the route.

The TDLG skiers will travel an average of 35 km every day, while the snowshoers’daily routes will be ranging from 10 to 15 km.

Skiing
February 17: Welcome to all participants, Matane
February 18: Réserve faunique de Matane
February 19: Parc national de la Gaspésie
February 20: Parc national de la Gaspésie
February 21: Parc national de la Gaspésie
February 22: Moving towards Gaspé
February 23: Forillon National Park
February 24: Breakfast and departure

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Snowshoeing
February 17:
Welcome to all participants, Matane
February 18: 
Réserve faunique de Matane
February 19: 
Parc national de la Gaspésie
February 20: 
Parc national de la Gaspésie
February 21: 
Parc national de la Gaspésie
February 22: 
Moving towards Gaspé
February 23:
Forillon National Park
February 24:
Breakfast and departure

* The routes may change right up to the last minute depending on various factors beyond our control. This explains why maps are available only the week prior to the event. Thank you for your understanding.

Degree of difficulty: Intermediate (skiing and snowshoeing)
The Gaspé Peninsula is a world of mountains and pebble beaches, sea and gentle slopes. But remember that what goes up must come down, and an invigorating climb in the morning is inevitably followed by a fine descent at the end of the trail! Get in shape ahead of time… on slopes if you can!

The TDLG as a vacation, why not!
You’d like to accompany a friend or your spouse who’s doing the TDLG, but the idea of skiing or snowshoeing is not appealing to you? You can take part in the TDLG as a vacation without doing any sports. Do not hesitate anymore, register!

Prices and packages

All TDLG packages feature full, all-inclusive service, including:

• Seven nights’ accommodations;
• Six groomed and marked ski routes with full logistical support and the required safety support;
• All meals, including seven suppers featuring regional produce;
• Snacks, warm water and provisions along the trails;
• Well-organised activities every evening;
• Technical support staff to deal with any gear problems;
• All transportation;
• Medical resources if needed;
• And so much more!

The price you pay depends on the type of accommodation you choose
The TDLG is a group event. Thus, the pricing of the different packages offered only vary upon the accommodation chosen.

Packages offered include meals and all other services provided during the TDLG, as well as all taxes.

Single occupancy: $3,000
This package guarantees the participant a room with a private bathroom at every TDLG stop.

Double occupancy : $2,300 per person
This package guarantees one room for two people (2 beds when available), with a private bathroom, at a hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast establishment at every TDLG stop.

Quadruple occupancy (2 double beds): 1,700$ per 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 (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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
No cancellation will be accepted, unless a fortuitous event such as an accident, death or serious illness occurs. It is important to point out that if you cancel your booking, a $250 fee plus Paypal commission fees will be retained. No cancellation will be accepted after January 17, 2018. Contact your insurance broker for information about trip cancellation insurance.

I want to register! (registration period to open in September!)

Transportation

Once you get to the Gaspésie, the TDLG will take care of everything, including transportation. However, all participants must first join the group by 4 pm on Saturday, February 17, in Matane. To help you get there on time, different options are available.

Chartered coaches
To keep our impact on the environment as slight as possible, we offer a shuttle service by chartered coaches in collaboration with the carrier Orléans Express. The bus will leave in the morning of February 17. You have to bring your lunch when you come here, but we will provide a lunch for the return trip when applicable. Please note: no personal vehicule will be allowed on the cruise ship.

Montréal – Gaspé (round trip): $280 (taxes included)
Montréal Bus Station (1717 Rue Berri)
Québec – Gaspé (round trip) : $250 (taxes included)
Sainte-Foy Bus Terminal (3001 Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois)
Rimouski – Gaspé (round trip) : $170 (taxes included)
Rimouski Bus Terminal (90 Avenue Léonidas Sud)
Gaspé – Matane (each way) : $70 (taxes included)

Personal vehicle
If you choose to use your personal vehicle to travel to the Gaspé Peninsula, we invite you to leave it in Matane. Participants will have to reserve their spot on our chartered bus on February 24, from Gaspé to Matane (transportation: 70$ taxes included, per person). Please take note that no cars may be used to follow along the TDLG route.

Plane
You can choose to arrive in Gaspé by plane (Air Canada Jazz). You have to organise this on your own. However, we can offer you a chartered bus from Gaspé to Matane on February 17 (transportation: 70$ taxes included, per person).

Gear

To make it easier for you to get around during the week, we ask you to bring only one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg.

Gear required for the days on the trail:

• 1 pair of classic skis and large-basket poles (a single pair of skis) OR 1 pair of snowshoes
• 1 comfortable day back pack (about 30 to 35 litres), no frame required
• 2 insulated 1-litre bottles or 1 insulated 1-litre bottle and a thermos
• 1 plastic travel mug with carabiner to attach the mug to the outside of your back pack
• 1 headlamp with lithium batteries (less affected by the cold) and extra batteries
• Foot and hand warmers (HotShotz)
• 1 compressible down-filled jacket (to warm up during stops)
• 1 anorak (for days when it’s not so cold)
• 1 balaclava
• Extra mittens, toque, socks and underwear (top)
• 1 pair of ski goggles
• Overmitts and overpants (to slip on if the wind is cold)
• 1 waxing kit (skiers only)
• 1 spare pair of rubber Flexor bindings (skiers only)
• 1 first-aid kit (acetaminophen, bandages for blisters, cold cream to prevent frostbite and chilblains, etc.) and sunscreen
• 1 small knife
• 6 to 7 metres of adhesive tape (duct tape)
• Paper tissues, toilet paper
• Pommade (pour protéger des engelures)
• Your health insurance card
• Your reusable lunch bag

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

For specific questions regarding the required gear, contact our logistic coordinator Rachel Arseneau

Télécharger la liste en format .pdf > (french version only)

Conseils techniques – Le matériel de randonnée et l’habillement : Sébastien Lapierre, aventurier (french version only)

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!

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Dynamic training programs
Our training advisor Jean St-Denis (we call him Jeanôt) has prepared some suggestions for different types of participant as an extra to trainer Isabelle Provencher’s program.

Start by evaluating what kind of person you are.

I am:
1• Methodical, organised, high-performance and have a lot of time for training.
Go to Section 1 > (french version)

2• Methodical, organised, high-performance and have little time for training.
Go to Section 2 > (french version)

3• Slightly nervous about the TDLG’s distances, ascents and particularly, its descents.
Go to Section 3 > (french version)

4• A bit of a procrastinator, in good shape or not, with a little time, a lot of time or no time at all for training.
Go to Section 4 > (french version)

5• A person for whom training is an abstract concept.
Go to Section 5 > (french version)

6• Extremely nervous about the descents.
Trade in your skis and choose snowshoes for the TDLG!

Isabelle Provencher’s training program > (french version)

Conseils techniques – Le ski de fond : Sébastien Simard, enseignant en tourisme d’aventure (french version only)

Conseils techniques – La raquette : Sébastien Lapierre, aventurier (french version only)

Conseils techniques – L’entraînement : Isabelle Provencher, entraîneuse (french version only)

Invités (french only)

Isabel Richer, porte-parole, comédienne

C’est une porte-parole passionnée qui décrit comme nulle autre les beautés de la Gaspésie hivernale. Fidèle, elle est présente à chaque édition depuis la toute première, en 2003. Elle joindra l’équipe en cuisine à quelques reprises pour offrir aux skieurs des plats aux saveurs du terroir, mais profitera surtout des magnifiques parcours proposés pour enfiler ses raquettes. Quinze ans de pur plaisir et de coups de cœur avec toi chère Isabel, c’est du bonbon pour tous les participants!

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

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 raquette de bon cœur et trouve toujours le moyen de semer la joie sur son passage. Sans parler de son programme de lectures offert en soirée aux participants, toujours inspiré et inspirant! Cette année, elle vous propose “Flottons ensemble”, un montage de textes d’écrivains québécois qui ont su célébrer le fleuve et la neige, le tout accompagné en musique par le groupe les Zappalaches.

Emmanuel Bilodeau, ambassadeur, comédien et humoriste

Emmanuel adore la Gaspésie. Il avait découvert les événements TDLG en vélo, pour ensuite goûter à la version hivernale qui l’avait séduit tout autant. Humoriste et comédien, cet artiste de grand talent ne peut plus se passer des TDLG, et nous non plus! Il sera de la 15e édition, avec son sens de la répartie et sa grande détermination à terminer tous les parcours!

Lou Babin, Les Zappalaches, musicienne de route et de montagne

Comédienne, musicienne, compositrice et interprète, Lou est membre de la célèbre fanfare Pourpour. Elle est aussi une incontournable de la TDLG! Elle sortira à nouveau son accordéon pour vous faire rêver et danser.

Luc Proulx, Les Zappalaches, musicien de route et de montagne

Comédien et musicien, Luc est un artiste généreux et chaleureux. Bonne humeur et énergie le caractérisent! Il prendra sa guitare tout au long de la semaine pour notre plus grand plaisir.

Nemo Venba, Les Zappalaches, musicien de route et de montagne

Multi-instrumentiste actif (batterie, percussions, trompettes, piano, guitares, banjo, accordéon, voix) en musique actuelle ou populaire, Nemo s’investit depuis 1992 dans diverses formations musicales, théâtrales et de danse. Il élargit depuis quelques années la nature de ses interventions scéniques en tant que danseur et comédien. Nemo fera partie de la fête de la TDLG puis jouera dans les refuges et en soirée.

Sylvie Gallant, accordéoniste et semeuse de bonne humeur

En 1988, la carrière de chanteuse et animatrice de Sylvie démarre d’une façon inusité, notamment par son passage remarqué à l’émission Star d’un soir. Pendant 13 ans, elle se démarque dans le monde des congrès au Québec et ailleurs par son charisme et son style inclassable. Elle se met ensuite à la composition pour enfants et endosse le personnage de Gallantine, en plus de jouer de l’accordéon. Elle revient maintenant à ses premiers amours avec un spectacle cabaret pour grand public : CABARET CHIC-CHOCS !   Sylvie Gallant est une artiste qui, telle une étoile filante,  laisse dans son sillage une traînée de bonheur.

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,  retired analyst at Telus
Gilles Mathurin, administrator, heavy equipment operator at Ville de Gaspé

TDLG team
Hélène Francoeur
, General director
Rachel Arseneau, Logistics Coordinator

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