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Gatineau Loppet in Canada | 2018

The Gatineau Loppet 2018

Experiencing the Immensity of Canada! Both classic and skating / 27 or 51 km

“Ô Canada, the True North strong and free”. These are the words from the first verse of Canada’s national anthem and these words accurately reflect the Gatineau Loppet with the huge forest of Gatineau just outside Canada’s capital, Ottawa. This forest is found in an immense and spectacular setting of pure nature. This race is part of the non-European Worldloppet series. Without a doubt, this is the principle racing event for Nordic skiing in Canada and promises to be an adventure like no other.

Saturday, it’s classic Nordic skiing.  Sunday, it’s skating style.  Each day there are two races—a shorter one and a longer one. As you ski across the Gatineau forest, you will be among dense pines and frozen lakes, even though you are only 15 minutes from the tumultuous center of Ottawa and the Canadian Parliament. It’s Canada in all of its splendor! (You should attempt to go to town at least one time to visit Parliament.)

To repeat, you have two distances in either style of skiing—27 or 51 kilometers.  There will be numerous supporters along either course to encourage you and at several strategic locations, there will be food and liquids to keep you going.  The growing Canadians’ enthusiasm for Nordic skiing has been due to the great success that Alex Harvey has had in the pro circuit.  Today, Alex is regularly in the top five in World Cup Nordic races.  In addition, the recent Tour of Canada at the end of the regular season helped increase Nordic skiing’s popularity.

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