Close to 2,300 Canadian and international skiers take to the trails in Gatineau Park

Gatineau, February 20, 2023 – What a success! From February 17 to 19, 2023, close to 2,300 athletes of all levels took part in the largest international cross-country skiing event in Canada. Representing 18 countries, they greatly celebrated the 45th edition of the Gatineau Loppet by making the sublime trails of Gatineau Park their favourite playground throughout the weekend.

Thousands of skiers took part in 9 different events – 2 km, 5 km, 10 km, 15 km, 27 km, 50 km and 400 m relay – and in various styles – classic and free – in a competitive or friendly setting. All while enjoying excellent weather and course conditions to accompany them in their prowess.

« “What an extraordinary edition we had again this year! The Gatineau Loppet 2023 brought together close to 2,300 skiers from around the world and offered them extraordinary conditions for competition and discovery in the heart of our magnificent Gatineau Park. I would first like to thank our 300 volunteers for making this 45th edition a great success. You are passionate, dedicated and so inspiring. You have once again succeeded in taking the skiing experience to the next level. You are simply amazing! Thank you also to the partners without whom the event could not take place. Finally, I would like to warmly congratulate all those who took the start as a novice, amateur, avid skier or renowned athlete and who demonstrated – at every kilometer – their tenacity, their motivation and their strong mental. Whether it was in timed races, relays, stress-free discovery waves or in the minis’ course, congratulations to each and everyone for their individual and team exploits! See you in 2024 for new challenges! – Philippe Lebel, President of the Gatineau Loppet Board of Directors 

Headliners and the next generation of cross-country skiers

For the second year in a row, the Gatineau Loppet had the great pleasure of welcoming the Salomon team with Alex Harvey, three-time Olympian and three-time world champion, Graeme Killick – Canadian cross-country skier who participated in the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Games), and Simon Lapointe who replaced the injured Alexis Turgeon.

Among the young prodigies to follow (and ranked during this 45th edition!) let’s note the presence of the French Gérard Agnellet, winner in the men’s 50 km free race of the Gatineau Loppet 2023. Agnellet also won the Birkie in 2022 (USA) and the foulée blanche in 2023 (France). Céline Chopard-Lallier, head of the podium in the women’s 50 km free race of the 2023 Gatineau Loppet and, finally, Émilie Bulle who placed third in the women’s 50 km Free event at this year’s Gatineau Loppet. Bulle was first in the Dolomintenlauf 2023 (Austrian Worldloppet race) and second in the Transjurassienne 2023.

Families also had a great time during the traditional 2 km Mini, presented by our partner Sport Échange Outaouais, which saw 145 little ones put on their skis to walk the course specially designed for them. It was a source of pride to see these children having so much fun skiing, developing their technique and sportsmanship while having fun with other young enthusiasts, their families and their friends. The next generation of cross-country skiers has a bright future ahead of them!

Gatineau Loppet Trail of Legends Inductions

Several inductees into the Gatineau Loppet Hall of Fame also marked this 45th anniversary to highlight the valuable contributions of individuals and organizations to the development and influence of our event and cross-country skiing 

Inducted into the Trail of Legends :

  • Lise Meloche – Legend
  • Dave McMahon – Legend
  • National Capital Commission (NCC) – Pillar
  • Gatineau Park – Pillar

Inducted into the Veterans Club (participated in 35 Gatineau Loppet medium and long distance events):

  • Alain d’Entremont
  • Greg Dale Irwin
  • Paul Wright
  • Pierre Huppé
  • Robert Palliser
  • Yves Deguire

Thousands of thanks

We would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts our nearly 300 volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible. Year after year, this team deploys boundless energy to support the organizers of the Gatineau Loppet and to offer the most beautiful and safest of events to the cross-country skiing enthusiasts who gather for this occasion. 

We are also fortunate to be able to count on the commitment of the Board of Directors and the Organizing Committee, as well as the team of the Executive Producer, Groupe Simoncic, who put their passion and expertise at the service of the Gatineau Loppet’s success and international reputation. 

The Gatineau Loppet would also like to thank all its sponsors and partners: Salomon, Otto’s Subaru-BMW, Swix, Euro-Sports Nordic, Tourisme Outaouais, Nordik Spa-Nature, Rossignol, Xact Nutrition, Fischer, Physio Avantage Plus, Sport Échange Outaouais, Tourisme Québec, the City of Gatineau, the Municipality of Chelsea, Loisir Sport Outaouais, the National Capital Commission, Worldloppet, the International Cross-Country Skiing Federation, Nordiq Canada, Cross-Country Skiing Quebec, ENGNE, Rollerski. ca, ZiZu, Fromagerie Bergeron, Chelsea Pub, la Distillerie du square, CRAFT, Surge Activewear, La santé et plus, La Dérive.

We would like to thank Mrs. Isabelle N. Miron – Deputy Mayor and Municipal Councillor (District de l’Orée-du-Parc) of Gatineau, Mr. Mathieu Lévesque – MNA for Chapleau and Mr. Pierre Guénard – Mayor of Chelsea and His Excellency Mr. Margus Rava, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Canada for honouring us with their presence at the Worldloppet Cocktail on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

Official results

Congratulations to all participants! To learn more about all the results, visit sportstats.ca.

Podiums of Friday 17 February 2023: SALOMON Relay Races

Category 

11-16 years old

Category 10 years

and under

Category 

recreational

Category 

elite

1st

place

Les poulets volants

Sam Bundle

Louis Lambert

Victor Lafontaine

The Dead Chickens

Nicolas Revenaz

Caleb Joubarne

Alex Trude

Équipe féminine Natural Fitness Lab

Charly Thivierge

Maude Dufort-Labbé

Lise Meloche

Salomon 

Alex Harvey

Graeme Killick

Simon Lapointe

2nd

place

The Rizzly Bears

Bastiaan Brouwer

Kai Samm

Darwin Liddiard-Duguid

S.O.S.

Silvia Welch

Oisin Kiely

Sherlock Connell

Les Tortues

Alizée Cléments

Édouard Larose

Ludovic Rouleau

Euro-sport

Olivier Babineau

Eric Lavigne

Maxime Leboeuf

3rd place JOEEEEEEE MAMA

Olivier Beausejour

Alexi Seguin

Marc-Antoine Daoust

AVATAR

Raphael Lambet

Antoine Lambert

Theo Poirier

Torticollis

Katherine Denis

Cendrine Browne

Sophie Carrier-Laforte

Podiums of Saturday 18 February 2023 : Classic Technique

50 km Men Time
1st place Dominique Moncion-Groulx – Gatineau 02 : 35 : 12
2nd place Leo Grandbois – Sherbrooke 02 : 35 : 15
3rd place  Philippe Quessy – Drummondville 02 : 45 : 24

 

50 km Women Time
1st place Sophie Carrier-Laforte – Gatineau 03 : 02 : 51
2nd place Myriam Grenier-Levesque – Lac-Beauport 03 : 14 : 23
3rd place  Sheila Kealey – Ottawa 03 : 15 : 12

 

27 km Men Time
1st place Félix-Olivier Moreau – Saint-Ferréol-Les-Neiges 01 : 20 : 21
2nd place Samuel Picard – St-Hippolyte 01 : 21 : 13
3rd place  Raphael Guerout – Deep River 01 : 27 : 45

 

27 km Women Time
1st place Katya Semeniuk – Canmore 01 : 34 : 35
2nd place Anna Semeniuk – Ottawa 01 : 37 : 11
3rd place  Katherine Mason – Ottawa 01 : 38 : 44

 

27 km Challenge U 23 Men Time
1st place Félix-Olivier Moreau – Saint-Ferréol-Les-Neiges 01 : 20 : 21
2nd place Raphael Guerout – Deep River 01 : 27 : 45
3rd place  Benjamin Croteau – Cantley 01 : 43 : 23

 

27 km Challenge U 23 Women Time
1st place Katherine Mason – Ottawa 01 : 38 : 44
2nd place Jennifer Wilbraham – Ottawa 02 : 02 : 29
3rd place  Emma Gaulin – North Attleborough 03 : 50 : 10
4th place Ashlyn Gaulin – North Attleborough 03 : 50 : 11

 

27 km Challenge Junior Men Time
1st place Samuel Picard – St-Hippolyte 01 : 21 : 13
2nd place Mackenzie Samm – Wakefield 01 : 30 : 50
3rd place  Tristan Laliberté – Nepean 01 : 30 : 54
4th place Thomas Fortin – Gatineau 01 : 35 : 24
5th place Mathieu Lacasse – Gatineau 01 : 36 : 56

 

27 km Challenge Junior Women Time
1st place Katya Semeniuk – Canmore 01 : 34 : 35
2nd place Anna Semeniuk – Ottawa 01 : 37 : 11
3rd place  Addison Frank – Ottawa 01 : 43 : 11
4th place Chloe Pharand – Gatineau 01 : 49 : 14
5th place Madeleine Fortin – Gatineau 01 : 49 : 56

 

15 km Men Time
1st place Sebastien Bouffard – Toronto 00 : 54 : 45
2nd place Martin Kariya – Vancouver 00 : 55 : 04
3rd place  Yip de Bruijn – Ottawa 00 : 56 : 19

 

15 km Women Time
1st place Anna Jaklova – Orilia 00 : 51 : 33
2nd place Claire Allan – Ottawa 00 : 57 : 08
3rd place  Charly Thivierge – Gatineau  01 : 00 : 34

 

5 km Men Time
1st place Bastiaan Brouwer – Chelsea 00 : 15 : 59
2nd place Darwin Liddiard-Duguid – Chelsea 00 : 16 : 01
3rd place  Damien Cimon – Gatineau 00 : 16 : 06

 

5 km Women Time
1st place Lea de Broeck – Gatineau 00 : 17 : 29
2nd place Mathilda Denis – Montréal 00 : 17 : 49
3rd place  Mia Zahab – Chelsea 00 : 17 : 56

Podiums of Sunday 19 February 2023 : Free Technique

50 km Men Time
1st place Gérard Agnellet – La Clusaz 02 : 12 : 58
2nd place Maxime Leboeuf – Gatineau 02 : 15 : 17
3rd place  Félix-Olivier Moreau – Saint-Ferréol-Les-Neiges 02 : 15 : 17

 

50 km Women Time
1st place Céline Chopard-Lallier – Villier le Lac 02 : 26 : 41
2nd place Cendrine Browne – Saint-Ferréol-Les-Neiges 02 : 29 : 41
3rd place  Émilie Bulle – Autrans 02 : 30 : 14

 

27 km Men Time
1st place Seamus Williams – Cantley 01 : 20 : 36
2nd place Olivier Miron – Sainte-Thérèse 01 : 21 : 22
3rd place  Justin Chartrand – St-Jérôme 01 : 22 : 29

 

27 km Women Time
1st place Anne-Sophie Miron – Sainte-Thérèse 01 : 28 : 42
2nd place Shawn Tremblay – Val D’Or 01 : 29 : 24
3rd place  Myriam Grenier-Lévesque – Lac-Beauport 01 : 33 : 37

 

10 km Men Time
1st place Damien Cimon – Gatineau 00 : 31 : 40
2nd place Ludovic Rouleau – Gatineau 00 : 31 : 55
3rd place  Eloi Trepanier – Rouyn-Noranda 00 : 32 : 14

 

10 km Women Time
1st place Bronwyn Parker – Ottawa 00 : 31 : 36
2nd place Katya Semeniuk – Canmore 00 : 31 : 45
3rd place  Lea de Broeck – Gatineau 00 : 32 : 49

For more information, please visit gatineauloppet.com. 

Photos : copyright Timothy Austen

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About the Gatineau Loppet

The Gatineau Loppet is Canada’s largest international cross-country ski event. Part of the Worldloppet series of international events, the Gatineau Loppet welcomes approximately 2,500 skiers from around the world each year. The event takes place in the beautiful Gatineau Park, and offers several events of varying distances, allowing all cross-country ski enthusiasts to find a challenge that suits them. 

Media contact 

Mélanie Grenier
Communications Manager – Gatineau Loppet
melanie@simoncic.ca