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Discover Norwegian Traditions in Gatineau Park this Weekend
By:  Team XC Ottawa   (2006/03/01)


Norway Day — Celebrate Norway’s role in bringing cross-country skiing to Canada!

The Royal Norwegian Embassy, in partnership with the National Capital Commission (NCC), is pleased to present NORWAY DAY in Gatineau Park, this Sunday, March 5, 2006, from 11 am to 2 pm. The return of this popular traditional Norwegian family outing celebrates the friendship between Canada and Norway and highlights both countries’ passion for cross-country skiing.

This Sunday, cross-country skiers are invited to ski their way to Huron Shelter, located along the Champlain Parkway, in the heart of Gatineau Park’s trail network, to discover and appreciate Norwegian traditions. Norwegian Ambassador Tor Berntin Næss as well as embassy staff will greet skiers. Free freshly made Norwegian vaffels and warm solbærtoddy, hot blackcurrant toddy, will be served for all to enjoy!

Huron Shelter is accessible by ski trails from parking lots #10, #9 and #7 (about 6 kilometers to reach Huron Shelter). Skiers wishing to ski a longer distance can start at parking lots #5 or #8.

Did you know…
Norwegian immigrants introduced cross-country skiing as a leisure activity in Canada in the late 1800’s. The “father” of modern cross-country skiing in Canada is Herman Smith Johansen, also known as “JackRabbit”, who arrived in Canada in the 1920's and settled in the Laurentians.

Gatineau Park boasts one of North America’s most extensive and popular trail networks and is known to offer skiers an exceptionally long season each year. Close to 200 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails wind through scenic forests and along frozen lakes and river valleys. Hut-to-hut skiing, winter camping, snowshoeing, and hiking are also popular ways to discover this internationally renowned winter destination.

For more information on Norway Day, please contact the Royal Norwegian Embassy at (613) 238-6571 or visit the Embassy’s website at www.emb-norway.ca. For more information on winter activities in Gatineau Park, please contact the National Capital Commission at (613) 827-2020, 1 800 465-1867 or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/winter.

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