Celebrating at the Gatineau Loppet

Every winter, the Outaouais becomes cross-countrey skiing heaven. In February, the region hosts the whole world at the biggest ski event in Canada, the Gatineau Loppet. You were born in a spandex suit with skis attahced to your feet? There's a race for you. You borrwoed your cousin's old skis once for a high school outing 20 years ago and you'd like to repeat the experience? There's a race for you too. And with all the spas and good restaurants around, you'll be able to relax and unwind, no matter the challenge you just overcame.

Gatineau Loppet is set in renowned and picturesque Gatineau Park. When you finish tour race, head to North America's biggest spa, nearby Nordik Spa-Nature to reward yourself. A sweet treat at Biscotti et Cie and dinner in Le Forain's festive atmosphere will close a memorable day of skiing.

1 day
of skiing and après-ski

Points of interest

Gatineau Loppet
389, boul. Cité-des-Jeunes
Gatineau (Québec) J8Z 1W6

The Gatineau Loppet, the Biggest cross-country skiing event in Canada, will be held in the Gatineau Park from February 17th to 19th, 2017. The 39th edition of the event will be marked by the linear path of 51 km classic that will leave P17, as well as the other seven races scheduled this year in classic style (5,15 and 27 km) and in freestyle (2, 10, 27 and 51 km) and the 3 snowshoes races (2,5km, 5km and 10km). Please join us in this great adventure that will satisfy all types of skiers.

7.4 km
As you leave the Gatineau Loppet, drive along Gatineau Park on Cité-des-jeunes Boulevard and Mine Road until you reach Chelsea. This relaxing little drive will take you to Nordik Spa-Nature.
Nordik Spa-Nature
16, chemin Nordik
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 2P7

Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America. Come relax and enjoy the benefits of thermotherapy in our world class facilities inspired by some of the best Scandinavian traditions: 7 outdoor baths, 8 unique saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, restaurant and lounge with terraces. Treat yourself to a massage, a body treatment or our Källa treatment, the only salt water floating pool in America!

900 m
Relaxed? Keep on celebrating with a delicious piece of cake from Biscotti et Cie. Just across the street is Gatineau park's visitors centre where you can get all the information you need to plan your next ski outing.
Biscotti & cie
6, chemin Scott
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1R5

Biscotti & cie, either for take-out or in our garden, where parents,children and friends can enjoy little treats, coffee and delicious sandwiches. We offer home-style food and restaurant service, with a diversified and modern menu.

11.6 km
After celebrating cross-country skiing with people from around the world, a good internationally inspired dinner in a festive atmosphere is a must. Le Forain, on St-Joseph Boulevard, is the place to go!