The Cross Country Ski de fond Canada (CCC) is set to kick off next month at venues across the country. The stage events will be held in Gatineau, Montréal, Quebec, Canmore and Lake Louise, and will be the culminating events of the 2015-16 FIS Cross Country World Cup season.
The 2016 Canadian event will feature five iconic Canadian ski destinations as host venues. The first week of racing will feature four stages in Gatineau, Montreal and Quebec City, while the second week will take place in Alberta at the Canmore and Lake Louise sites.
The Ski de fond Canada will take place:
- Gatineau stage on 1 March
- Montréal on 2 March
- Quebec on the 4-5 March
- Canmore on the 8-9 March
- Lake Louise on 11 March
- Canmore on 12 March
The FIS Cross Country World Cup spans the globe providing the best in Nordic competition. To open the CCC, Ottawa’s brilliant Parliament Hill will be the backdrop for the series opening. This amazing site will welcome all the athletes to Canada.
In the Gatineau stage, there will be a downtown sprint event staged in Jacques Cartier Park alongside the beautiful Canadian Museum of History. A city in western Quebec, Gatineau is a sophisticated metropolitan attraction in a spectacular, rural setting. Quebec’s fourth largest city, Gatineau has a population of more than 270,000. It is perfect for lovers of the outdoors and urban attractions as well, and a premier destination for your own Canada ski holiday.
The second stage is slated for Montreal – one of Canada’s premier destinations. The city’s iconic Mont Royal will offer a challenging course for the world’s best skiers. The Mount Royal Park occupies part of the mountain that lies in the midst of Montreal Island, and includes the highest spot in the city at more than 230 metres. Parc du Mont-Royal is the country’s oldest skiing site and dates back to 1879, and the site also hosted Canada’s first National Cross Country Ski Championships in 1921.
The CCC will move to Québec City. The contest will take place next to the Plains of Abraham and the fortifications of the Battlefields Park National Heritage site.
The final stages will be set against the backdrop of the iconic Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Canmore Nordic Centre will host a variety of traditional and innovative competition formats. The penultimate leg of the tour will feature a classic distance race with the start and finish taking place at Lake Louise in the Banff National Park.
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