Traversée de la Gaspésie cross-country ski event: a winter adventure through the Chic-Chocs and Appalachians

At the finish on Rue de la Reine in Gaspé

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In 2003, inspired by the Traversée des Laurentides, Claudine Roy launched the first Traversée de la Gaspésie (TDLG), a daring cross-country ski trek, to introduce cross-country skiing aficionados to the splendours of the Gaspé backcountry.

The TDLG… by the numbers

  • 300 skiers and journalists from Québec, Canada, France and even Norway
  • 6 days of cross-county skiing
  • 250 kilometres of gliding
  • more than 300 volunteers

Apart from boosting winter tourism in the region, this week-long rendezvous is an opportunity for some 300 cross-country skiers to indulge their passion in the magnificent, larger-than-life playground of the Chic Chocs and Appalachian mountains. Activities, local flavoured meals and other typical Gaspesian surprises highlight the journey, coming together to give participants an unforgettable week of fun, friendship and challenge. The year 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of this venture, which now hosts a summer cycling event: Pedal off to pure pleasure.

The Traversée des Chic-Chocs

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“In 10 years, we have shown the vitality of our region, even in winter! We have sparked the creation of new enterprises and new tourism products specific to the