As a GOLD Partner of the Gatineau Loppet, Nordik Spa-Nature is actively contributing to elite athletes health and wellness with this recognition program especially designed for them.

How to join the program?  Athletes must register and complete two long ski races (25 km +) at a single edition of the Gatineau Loppet, over a three-year period.

A changing logo: Skiers in the Recognition Program are identified by the changing Nordik Spa-Nature logo on their race bib.

“Nordik Skier”: Once participants have completed the full Recognition Program (3 years), they will earn the title of “Nordik Skier” and enjoy many privilegeswith Nordik.


The Gatineau Loppet Legend’s Path is the name that the organization uses to designate its own hall of fame. With its Legend’s Path, the Gatineau Loppet  honour individuals and organizations which have marked the event or have helped develop or spread the word about the Gatineau Loppet or cross-country skiing in general.

An inducted individual or organization is recognised for its contribution as a participant, through volunteer work, through sponsorships/donations, as ambassadors or any other way deemed acceptable by the Recognition and Retention Committee.


Richard Weber
One of the world’s pre-eminent polar explorers with more than 60 completed Arctic, North and South Pole expeditions, Richard is the Founder of Weber Arctic. His long and diverse list of polar firsts and record-making accomplishments include: The first surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada; the first snowshoe trek; and in 1995 the first (and only) unsupported return trip to the North Pole. Richard began working in Arctic tourism in 1993 when he guided the world’s first commercial trek to the North Pole, and conducted hiking and kayaking trips on Baffin Island. To date, Richard has the distinction of having the most successful treks to the North Pole of anyone in history.


Pierre Harvey
Prior to making a name for himself on the Cross-Country World Cup Circuit, Pierre Harvey made his mark in cycling. In 1984, he became the first Canadian to take part in two Olympic events the same year, competing in the Sarajevo Winter Games and the Los Angeles Summer Games, where he did his last road bike race.


Claude Laramée
This year, the Gatineau Loppet is very proud to induct Claude Laramée into the Legend’s Path. Mr. Laramée has been involved in the Gatineau Loppet since 1994, and has held several key positions in the organization, including those of President, Treasurer, Chief of Course and Race Director. His passion, his ability to get people on board, his tremendous skills and, most of all, his perceptiveness, have contributed to the development of the Gatineau Loppet and of cross-country skiing in general in the area. It is worth underlining, among other things, his part in the development of the 51 km linear classic, in bringing clubs and associations together with the Gatineau Loppet and in bringing Ski Tour Canada to Gatineau.


Evelyne Stone
The Gatineau Loppet is very proud to induct EVELYNE STONE into the Legend’s Path. In January 2000, Ms. Stone was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and a year later she received a stem cell transplant. To help with her recovery, Evelyne decided to train for the 10 km race in the 2002 Gatineau Loppet. She soon realized that she could turn this initiative into a fundraising event for LITTLE ANGELS, a charitable initiative that provides financial assistance to patients who recently received blood cancer treatment at the Ottawa Hospital. The funds help patients facing financial constraints by covering non-medical expenses such as travel, parking and child care.



In 2014, the Gatineau Loppet inducted the following into the Legend’s Path:

  • Club Skinouk, which has launched countless initiatives that have greatly benefited the Gatineau Loppet and cross-country skiing in the Outaouais.
  • Jacques Dumont, currently vice-president, and highly involved volunteer with Club Skinouk since the late 1980s.
  • Pierre Trudeau and Michel Pellerin, two active volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring about the Relais plein air project in Gatineau Park.


Sheila Kealey
The first legend in the history of the Gatineau Loppet has made it to the podium six time, including twice to the top rung, for long distance races in the event. In 2010, she also won the middle distance 27 km freestyle. She finished 16 times among the top 5 in the women’s races, and took part in 25 Gatineau Loppet races, including the current edition.

Ms. Kealey is an avid sportswoman, with a particular fondness for endurance sports, and a promoter of healthy living. She is grateful for the support of the XC Ottawa racing team and Rossignol, which enable her to do the NorAm Canada Cup races. She is particularly keen on the longer races, such as those of the Gatineau Loppet. She also runs, bikes, and is a triathlete who eagerly promotes physical activity among young people as a coach with the Nakkertok Cross-Country Ski Club.



The purpose of the Veterans Club is to recognize the participants who have taken part in at least 35 middle or long distance Gatineau Loppet races. If anyone among us can tell the story of the Gatineau Loppet, it would be them. They are part of it, shaped it and have often played the key role in it, which is that of participant.

By conferring on them the title of VETERAN, the Gatineau Loppet wants to thank them for setting the example with their tenacity, and for their loyalty to the event.

 2019 Veterans

  • Jacques Dumont
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2018 Veterans

  • Brian Ray
    36 Gatineau Loppet races
  • Anthony Leaning
    36 Gatineau Loppet races
  • Tom Kemp
    37 Gatineau Loppet races


2017 Veterans

No veterans

2016 Veterans

  • Roger Thivierge (St-Bruno QC)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2015 Veterans

  • Ed Cottell (Nepean ON)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2014 Veterans

  • Phil Shaw (Rosemère QC)
    38 Gatineau Loppet races
  • John Skopek (Syracuse USA)
    36 Gatineau Loppet races
  • Claude Marchand (Chelsea QC)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races
  • Lorne Runge (Dewith USA)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2013 Veterans