An international cross-country ski race
The Gatineau Loppet is an international cross-country ski event where close to 2,500 skiers of all ages and levels come together on the trails of Gatineau Park. As a member of the Worldloppet, it is part of a circuit of the 20 biggest cross-country ski races around the world, including the Vasaloppet in Sweden, and La Tranjurassienne in France. The Gatineau Loppet takes place over a weekend in February.
Both recreational and elite skiers appreciate the trails prepared for them in the Park. Although most skiers hail from the Outaouais region and the rest of Canada, close to 15% are from abroad, such as the United States, France, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Japan, etc.
The Park occupies an area of more than 361 square kilometres, and is a place of rich and unique biodiversity. It is the second-most visited park in Canada, and a destination for outdoor enthusiasts to engage in recreational activities that respect the environment. Everybody loves skiing in Gatineau Park.