TDLG Winter – skis and snowshoes

Winter 2022

Due to the virulence of the omicron variant and the sanitary measures in place, we choose to show wisdom and patience by canceling the winter 2022 edition.

The TDLG Winter 2022, which will celebrate the organization 20th anniversary.  This year the event is from February 19th to 26th and the registrations will opened during the week of December 6.

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Vaccination passport is mandatory*


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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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!  *** 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 02.19   Welcoming the participants at Gaspésie national park, at the Gîte du Mont-Albert. Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 1 | Sunday 02.20    Route around Gaspésie National Park Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 2 | Monday 02.21    Route around Gaspésie National Park Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 3 | Tuesday 02.22   Route in Haute-Gaspésie regional municipality Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 4 | Wednesday 02.23    Route in the Chic-Chocs Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 5 | Thursday 02.24   Route in Murdochville Accommodation in Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé   Day 6 | Friday 02.25   Route in Gaspé Accommodation in Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé   Departure | Saturday 02.26   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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Cross-country skiing Welcome | Saturday 02.19   Welcoming the participants at Gaspésie national park, at the Gîte du Mont-Albert. Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 1 | Sunday 02.20    Route around Gaspésie National Park Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 2 | Monday 02.21    Route around Gaspésie National Park Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 3 | Tuesday 02.22   Route in Haute-Gaspésie regional municipality Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 4 | Wednesday 02.23    Route in the Chic-Chocs Accommodation at Gîte du Mont-Albert   Day 5 | Thursday 02.24   Route in Murdochville Accommodation in Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé   Day 6 | Friday 02.25   Route in Gaspé Accommodation in Gaspé ;  Auberge sous les Arbres, Hôtel Plante or Rodeway Inn – Gaspé   Departure | Saturday 02.26   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. * *

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; • 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: $3,500 / person (SOLD OUT) This package guarantees the participant a room with a private bathroom at every TDLG stop. Double Occupancy – 2 beds: $2,800 / 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: $2,800 / 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. Triple Occupancy : $2600 / person This package guarantees one room for three people, with two bed and a private bathroom, at a hotel or motel establishment at every TDLG stop. Quadruple Occupancy: $2200 / 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! Friendly Occupation: $1800 / person Ideal for groups already formed. This package guarantees a small cottage for 8 people, with four bed and a private bathroom and a small kitchen (at The Gîte) And in Gaspe, the group is divised in half to form 2 rooms of 4 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 20th, 2021. Contact your insurance broker for information about trip cancellation insurance. EVENT INTERRUPTION POLICY In the event that the event is interrupted on the recommendation of government authorities, a partial refund will be issued. Several resources are necessary to organize the event and it is certain that a percentage of the expenses related to the organization will be retained. As a non-profit organization, Les Traversées de la Gaspésie does not have the resources to assume all of the financial risk. COVID-19 vaccination passport is mandatory to subscribe to the event. No  refund possible if you register without your passport.  In case of cancellation due to Covid, the organism keep a little percentage to pay the fees that has been encounter till then and refund the rest.

Transportation

Due to the sanitary measures in force, the transport of the winter edition 2022 will not be offered. To do this, you must go by your own means to the various TDLG destinations. We therefore leave it to you to choose the means of transport that will suit you. Please take into consideration that public transport only travels in the towns of the Gaspé Peninsula while the TDLG mainly takes place outside the towns. We therefore strongly suggest that you opt for carpooling or come with your personal car. If you want to reduce your ecological footprint, you can participate to carbon offsetting by planting trees: https://sargim.com/service-de-compensation-carbone/ Plane You can choose to arrive in Gaspésie by plane (Pascan Aviation). You have to organise this on your own. Note that you will need to organize your transportation during the event & register for the carpooling. We have created this Facebook Group to help you connected with each other for carpooling : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2696005807374901

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 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 – Very recommended (skiers only) • 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 Ziplocs 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 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

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 2021 will be announced shortly. *

Team

Administration Council 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, retired physiotherapist   TDLG Team Élise Bernier, General director Aude Blais, Logistics coordinator Andrée-Anne Roberge, Exécutive coordinator


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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