Top 5 – Sports Challenges in Gaspésie
Here are 5 sports challenges that will really push your limits! In unique natural settings in Gaspésie, fill up on fresh air, enjoy an adrenaline rush and meet exceptional people.
The Serie de courses Gaspesia is a series of running and cycling competitions that includes endurance events for experienced athletes as well as friendly family events.
- Ultra Trail Gaspesia 100, Percé, June 15 to 17, 2018: The ultimate trail running experience between sea and mountains in Gaspésie and Eastern North America! A semi-autonomous 100-mile trail running endurance race, the UTG 100 also offers ultra running courses of 106 km and 53 km, as well as 1-km, 6-km, 12-km and 25-km races, not to mention the 3-stage Trans-Percé race.
- Gran Fondo Forillon, Gaspé, June 30 and July 1, 2018: A long-distance road cycling event (on routes varying in length from 40 km to 130 km) on one of the steepest courses in Canada.
- Marathon Gaspesia, Gaspé, August 18, 2018: Five different road running events, from the 1-km kids’ race to the 42.2-km full marathon.
- Raid Marathon Gaspesia 100, Percé, September 2, 2018: Cross-country mountain bike endurance race (XCM). Already considered legendary by previous participants, this race is the only one of its kind in Canada!
Régates Écovoile Desjardins, Carleton-sur-Mer, July 27 to 29, 2018
This sailing event take place at the end of July at the Écovoile Baie-des-Chaleurs site, on the Carleton-sur-Mer municipal beach. Featuring races for Optimist, Laser, 420, F-18 and Catamaran Open classes, as well as for keel boats and multihulls, the regattas take place on Chaleur Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world. You can register as a participant or come and watch a magnificent show on the water and enjoy organized activities on site.
Fort Causap au Royaume du Saumon, Causapscal, July 25 to 29, 2018
In late July, Causapscal becomes a huge outdoor playground! About 20 teams compete in over a dozen challenges at Fort Causap, which is inspired by the French adventure-style game show Fort Bayard. The goal is to finish each challenge as quickly as possible while avoiding traps and try to qualify for the finals. Every year, new and even more original challenges are created for this event. If you don’t feel up to participating, attend as a festival-goer! Fort Causap is also 5 days of shows and family activities attracting over 12,000 people.
Gaspésie International Raid, MRC du Rocher-Percé et Carleton-sur-Mer, September 6 to 9, 2018
The Gaspésie International Raid is an extreme endurance race that takes place in early September in a beautiful natural setting in Gaspésie. About 170 seasoned adventurers from a dozen different countries participate in this multisport race that is all about pushing oneself to the limit! In teams of two, with a minimum of equipment, athletes race over a 150-km or 300-km course in 3 days. The race includes mountain biking, sea and river canoeing, trekking, coasteering, swimming, rope challenges, trail running, canyoning and other surprises in nature. In order to participate you will need incredible adaptability and unwavering team spirit! “Are you wild enough?”
Traversée de la Gaspésie à bottine, Carleton-sur-Mer, Percé et Gaspé, September 22 to 29, 2018
Under the theme “Back to Our Roots,” the TDLG on Foot will take place in late September surrounded by the beautiful fall scenery of Carleton-sur-Mer, Percé and Gaspé. The all-inclusive event includes 6 days of hiking with logistical and safety support, 7 nights of lodging, all snacks and meals (including 7 dinners featuring regional fare) as well as organized activities in the evenings. The route is presented to participants every morning and requires about 15 km to 20 km of hiking per day, on average. Get out your hiking boots!
Would you like to participate in or watch a sports challenge in Gaspésie? Visit tourisme-gaspesie.com to plan your trip!