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

389 Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd. (École secondaire Mont-Bleu)
Gatineau (Québec) J8Y 6M4

The Gatineau Loppet, the Biggest international cross-country skiing event in Canada, will be held in the Gatineau Park from February 15th to 17th, 2019. The 40th edition of the event will be marked by the two linear path of 51km classic and free technique that will leave P17, as well as the other six races scheduled this year in classic style (5km,15km and 27km) and in free technique (2km, 10km, and 27km), the 3 snowshoes races (2km, 5km and 10km) and also the Fatbike races (40km point to point, 20km and 10km). Please join us in this great adventure that will satisfy all types of winter 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 Road
Chelsea (Québec) J9B 2P7

Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa-Gatineau, 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 the Russian tradition. Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America: 10 outdoor baths, 9 saunas, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, a restaurant, lounge and Biërgarden with terraces.

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 Road
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.

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 Road
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.