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.
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Points of interest
Gatineau (Québec) J8Y 6M4
The Gatineau Loppet, the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada, will be held in Gatineau Park from February 15 to 17, 2019. The 41st 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!
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 terraces.
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.