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 will close a memorable day of skiing.

day of skiing and après-ski

Points of interest

397 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes
Gatineau (Québec) J8Z 3P9

The Gatineau Loppet, the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada, will be held at Gatineau Park from Friday February 14th to Sunday February 16th, 2020. The 42nd edition of the event will include a 51K classic and free technique course starting at P17, as well as six other ski races (5K, 15K and 27K classic, and 2K, 10K and 27K free technique), 3 snowshoe races (2K, 5K and 10K), and fatbike races (10K, 20K, and 40K point to point). Join this great adventure, a favourite with winter sports lovers!

7 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.
16 Nordik Rd.
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 2P7

Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Gatineau—Ottawa, Nordik Spa-Nature is a relaxation haven. Discover the benefits of thermotherapy and enhance your experience with a massage, a body treatment, the Källa treatment—one of only two salt-water floating pools in America—or Banyä, a treatment inspired by Russian traditions. Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America, with 10 outdoor baths, 9 saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, a restaurant, a lounge and a Biërgarden with patios.

0.8 km
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.
6 Scott Rd.
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 1R5

Biscotti & cie offers take-out or table service in the garden, where parents, children and friends can enjoy little treats, coffee and delicious sandwiches. Choose from a diversified and modern selection of home-style food.

20 km
After celebrating cross-country skiing with people from around the world, head to the Wakefield Mill, a place that will charm you in every way possible.
60 Mill Rd.
La Pêche (Québec) J0X 3G0

Imagine a place so serene, yet so conveniently close to Canada's capital. First built in 1838, the Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is now a charming boutique hotel surrounded by the splendid Gatineau Park and the picturesque village of Wakefield. It offers 42 unique guest rooms, a dining room specializing in fine cuisine québécoise, The Heron Room Bistro restaurant, a full-treatment spa with outdoor massage tent, two outdoor hot tubs and swimming pool, five meeting/banquet rooms, as well as a cozy fireplace lounge.