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

Photo credit: Pierre Dunnigan

“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 cold season and we have greatly helped to put Gaspésie on the media’s radar in a positive way. I believe we have an excellent track record,” said Claudine Roy, Founding-President of the TDLG.

A flagship event for Gaspésie’s winter tourism development and promotion, both at home and abroad, the Grande Traversée de la Gaspésie has been able to count on the support of Canada Economic Development, among others, to participate in tourism shows and missions and to host foreign journalists. The TDLG focuses its promotional efforts primarily on the Danish, French, Finnish and Norwegian markets. The organizers have forged an alliance with their Grande Traversée du Jura counterparts—a skiable circuit of several hundred kilometres connecting towns and accommodations—to share their expertise.

It is worth mentioning that Canada’s Explore magazine ranks the Grande Traversée 20th among the top 50 outdoor activities in the country.

The TDLG’s marketing efforts are also helping put the Gaspésie squarely on the four-season tourism destination map (National Geographic Traveler, 20 Best Trips of 2011).

Parks Canada public safety experts are also on hand throughout the TDLG to ensure the skiers’ well-being and safe arrival in Forillon.

If you would like to live this adventure, visit the TDLG website.