Louise Poirier, Globe-Trotting Skier

Published on March 15 2021

The abundance of cross-country ski trails in Gatineau is what makes Louise Poirier, president of the Gatineau Loppet, so happy. Having travelled to many countries around the world to compete in World Loppet races, Louise can confirm that we’re right up there with the Scandinavian countries!

A Blast of Oxygen

Louise caught the skiing bug when she was 22, during a 63‑kilometre race … which also happened to mark her third time on cross-country skis. Since then, hardly a day has gone by that she hasn’t been out enjoying this wonderful sport.

“In winter, I try to go skiing as often as possible. I used to ski every day; now I alternate with other activities, but I often cheat because I love cross-country skiing so much. I ski at least four or five times a week.”

More than just a physical activity, cross-country skiing holds a special meaning for Louise. “Like all sports, cross-country skiing teaches life lessons. You learn to push yourself, to take on challenges and, above all, to know yourself. You make friends, you explore our beautiful natural environment and new places. It’s even an opportunity to travel, to discover the world!”


Gatineau: A Veritable Paradise for Cross-Country Skiers

Beauty and proximity are the operative words when it comes to Gatineau as a prime location for cross-country skiing.

“I can tell the people of Gatineau and the region that this is one of the most beautiful places in Canada—and in the world—for cross-country skiing,” says Louise.

For her, the beauty of the territory lies in several features, particularly its varied terrain and its proximity to the city. “The advantage we have here is that Gatineau Park is practically in the heart of town, very close to our homes, with great facilities, fabulous trails and beautiful snow. It’s very similar to the Scandinavian countries, where you have a trail right next door and all you have to do is put on your skis.”

What about you? What are you waiting for to catch the cross-country skiing bug?

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