February 22nd to 29th, 2020

Winter TDLG – skis and snowshoes

Route

Les Traversées de la Gaspésie offers two unforgettable week-long outdoor events in the enchanting panorama of Gaspésie. These unique sporting, cultural, gastronomic and festive gatherings during which human relations are at the heart of the adventure bring together outdoor enthusiasts from all around the world. In winter, put on cross-country skis or snowshoes to discover a land of mountains and sea wrapped in white, while autumn is the time to put on hiking boots whilst the colors are at their peak. Offering a different course each year, the TDLG is a real dive into the local culture and a must year after year. Join the adventure!

 

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2020 route

– Details to come –

The skiers will travel an average of 30 km every day.
Trails are mostly traced especially for the TDLG, but weather in the mountains and by the sea shore may be rough. Wind, ice, elevation and huge amount of snow may make the route difficult. Ski skins are strongly suggested to help on the climbing. A good cross-country skiing experience is required for those intermediate to expert varied trails.

The snowshoers’ daily routes will be ranging from 10 to 15 km.
Snowshoeing is an accessible sport, but the wild Gaspesian territories are not! Weather in the mountains and by the sea shore may be rough. Wind, ice, elevation and huge amount of snow may make the route difficult. A snowshoeing experience is required on those not groomed mountain trails.

In order to prepare your training for a day in the Chic-Choc mountains, you can imagine 30 km of cross-country skiing or 15 km of snowshoeing on an expert trail with a lot of climbing and descent at Mont-Tremblant, Mont-Orford or Mont Sainte-Anne, for example. Get in shape ahead of time… on slopes if you can!

Some days, you will stay 5 or 6 hours outside. It’s not always possible to have access to a shelter, so it is very important to be familiar with the multi-layer system to manage your body temperature through increasing and decreasing heat. Moreover, it’s not always possible to have access to a toilet or refueling point. A general outdoor experience is required to provide enough snacks , manage the hydration well and not avoid urinating.

This said, keep in mind that all the effort you will put to overcome the rigor of winter and the mountainous Gaspesian landscape will lead you off the beaten paths where you will meet incredible people and live an amazing adventure! 

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The ski and snowshoe routes will be unveiled approaching the event and explained in detail with maps daily to the participants during the week. Logistics team will be happy to answer your questions!

Cross-country Skiing

Welcome | Saturday 02.22
Welcome to all participants in Gaspé
Accommodation in Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé
Day 1 | Sunday 02.23 
Route around Gaspé
Accommodation at Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé
Day 2 | Monday 02.24 
Route around Gaspé
Accommodation at Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé
Day 3 | Tuesday 02.25
Route in Parc national de la Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert
Day 4 | Wednesday 02.26 
Route in Haute-Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert
Day 5 | Thursday 02.27
Route in Haute-Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert
Jour 6 | Friday 02.28 
Route in Haute-Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert
Departure | Saturday 02.29
Breakfast and departure

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– MAPS TO COME –

The exclusive courses developed by the TDLG team and contributors are the result of many hours of work and requires several authorizations for passage from different propriety owners. Those authorizations are only valid during the event. We ask you to respect this and not to use those cards apart from the TDLG week so we can continue to work in partnership with communities to develop new courses!

We will give you the routes offered in KMZ format so that you can download them in your personal mobile or GPS applications.

Please note that we will not offer technical support for their use.

* You must first download to a computer to uncompress the files before migrating to your mobile device or have an application that allows you to unzip the .zip files to your mobile device for direct download. Paper cards will also be given at the event.

In addition, be aware that the routes are subject to change at any time before or during the event. At all times you will have to rely on the guides
and supervisors as well as signage installed on site to direct you.

Here are 2 free applications and a tutorial for importing .kmz format files:
Google earth – GOOGLE EARTH TUTORIAL >>
Gaia GPS – GPS GAIA TUTORIAL >>


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Snowshoeing 

Welcome | Saturday 02.22
Welcome to all participants in Gaspé
Accommodation in Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé
Day 1 | Sunday 02.23 
Route around Gaspé
Accommodation in Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé
Day 2 | Monday 02.24 
Route around Gaspé
Accommodation in Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé
Day 3 | Tuesday 02.25
Route in Parc national de la Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert
Day 4 | Wednesday 02.26 
Route in Haute-Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert
Day 5 | Thursday 02.27
Route in Haute-Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert
Jour 6 | Friday 02.28 
Route in Haute-Gaspésie
Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert
Departure | Saturday 02.29
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.* *

* * The accommodations are assigned by the TDLG team according to the chosen package and availability of the rooms. * *

* *If needed, a bus will bring the skiers and snowshoers from the accommodation to the beginning of the trail and back to the accommodation at the end of the day.* *

Thank you for your understanding!

Prices and packages

All TDLG packages feature full, including:

• Six groomed and marked ski routes with full logistical support and the required safety support;
• Six snowshoeing courses in a generally ungroomed environment, supervised by guides;
• Seven nights’ accommodations;
• 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!

Accommodation packages
The price 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 or motel  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 or motel 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 a bedroom with 2 double beds in between 4 people, for the nights spent in Gaspé. During our stay at Gîte du Mont-Albert, they will share a chalet in between 8 people: each room has the same capacity (2 double beds). The common area and bathroom will accommodate 8 people.

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 January 22nd, 2020. Contact your insurance broker for information about trip cancellation insurance.

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Transportation

Once you get to Gaspésie, the TDLG will take care of everything, including transportation. However, all participants must first join the group in the afternoon on Saturday, February 22nd, at Gaspé. 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 22nd. You have to bring your lunch when you come here, but we will provide a lunch for the return to all participants going back to Quebec or Montréal.

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) : $170 (taxes included)
Rimouski Bus Terminal (90 Avenue Léonidas Sud)
Parc national de la Gaspésie – Gaspé city (february 22nd): 70$ (55 passengers maximum)

Personal vehicle
If you choose to use your personal vehicle to travel to the Gaspé Peninsula, you will have to leave your car at the Discovery and visitors center in the Mont-Albert, Parc National de la Gaspésie, area on February 22 and book a place on the shuttle bus to Gaspé. (70$ taxes included.) This service is organized by the TDLG team so you can collect your vehicle at the end of the week, on February 29, in the Parc National de la Gaspésie. Please note that no car may be used to follow along the TDLG route. If you want to reduce your ecological footprint, you can participate to carbon offsetting by planting trees: https://sargim.com/service-de-compensation-carbonne/

Plane

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

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*.

In order to avoid loss of material, please identify your luggage, day backpack and sports equipment.

*Maximum weight. Please note that you will have to carry your luggage by yourself in between accommodations and buses, sometimes in the stairs. Make sure you are able to lift and carry your luggage. Overweight fees will be charged.

Gear required for the days on the trail:

Mandatory Equipment :

• 1 pair of classic skis and large-basket poles (a single pair of skis)
• 1 pair of snowshoes (if you registered as snowshoer)
• 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 (warm water along the trails_
• 1 headlamp with lithium batteries (less affected by the cold) and extra batteries
• 1 compressible down-filled jacket (to warm up during stops)
• 1 Hardshell
• 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 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)
• 1 whistle
• Your health insurance card
Your reusable lunch bag and ustensiles

Non-Mandatory Equipement :

•  Ski skins (skiers only – recommended)
• 1 spare pair of rubber Flexor bindings (skiers only)
• Foot and hand warmers (HotShotz)
• Snacks (in addition to the lunches we provide, depending of your appetite)
• Paper tissues, toilet paper and a Ziplock

Gear you need for the evenings:

Comfortable evening wear
 A pair of light comfortable sandals, flipflop style (to let your feet/blisters breathe between each day) 
• Cash (for massotherapy, drinks at the bar, souvenirs, etc.)
• Ear plugs
• Bathing suit

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

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.

Jean St-Denis’s program

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)

You will meet them during the week

All week, artists will offer conferences, music, reading and unusual performance to cheer up your evening and spice up your days.
* Artists presents in 2020 will be announced shortly. *

Team

TDLG board of directors
Claudine Roy, president (successful business woman, 2018 Excellence Award from UQAR Graduates, 150th Medal of the Senate of Canada, Knight of the l’Ordre national du Québec and Member of the Order of Canada)
Thierry Pétry, vice president, anesthetist and one half of a two-person skiing expedition to the South Pole with Bernard Voyer
Odette Cavanagh, secretary-treasurer, retired teacher
Carmen Léger, administrator, singing teacher
Gilles Mathurin, administrator, heavy equipment operator at Ville de Gaspé
Marie-Josée Talbot, administrator, guide and specialist at Karavaniers
Maryse Arsenault, administrator, physiotherapist

Board of governors
The expertise of the members makes a great support for the organization.
Gaston Morin, retired ex-teacher
Denis Henryretired manager and ex-mayor of Carleton-sur-Mer

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Andrée-Anne Roberge,  General Manager
Alexis Devroede-Languirand,  Deputy General Manager
Claudia Chenel, Project Coordinator
Laurence Provencher, Logistics Coordinator

Our partners

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