Loppets are cross-country skiing events, offering friendly races in a social environment. While some participants are passionate competitors, many simply enjoy the ride, finishing 5KM – 40KM distances at their own pace. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.

Spend a day on the trails with lots of skiers having lots of fun, and join the social after the finish line. The term “loppet” has Scandinavian roots, with significance in our sport’s culture across the globe.

LOPPET: /’loʊ.pɛt./ Scandinavian origin. A large cross-country skiing event held on a groomed trail, offering choice of techniques as classic, skate, or freestyle; over distances of 5km – 40km (classic Vasaloppet in Sweden, 90km). Historically, many offer rest or food stations along the way, with great celebrations afterwards. XC skiing originated in Northern Scandinavia over 5,000 years ago. Numerous languages use the word “Loppet” with no modifications, and maintain its festive traditions.


Gatineau Loppet

The Gatineau Loppet is the largest international loppet held in Canada – one of 16 official races in the World Loppet series. The Gatineau Loppet is an annual pilgrimage for many Nova Scotia skiers.


Feb 14 – 16, 2020 | Chelsea QC

There’s a race for everyone, along with many activities off the trail such as entertainment, children’s activities, ski show, maple taffy on snow, local music, and more.



Internationally, large-scale loppets attract thousands of skiers. Ski marathons of 90KM distances draw the world’s best cross-country skiers and amateurs, to the same start line. The global scene is full of energy – packed with spectators celebrating everything about cross-country skiing.

Vasaloppet, Sweden

Daniel Murray, Ian Murray & Kris Doyon compete.

Includes a historic 90KM race that pays tribute to Gustav Vasa, a revolutionary on XC skis, who led a rebellion against Danish rule in 1521. Learn more. Feb 21 – Mar 1, 2020 | Mora, Sweden

“It was magical to participate in an event that celebrates a nation’s existence with a participation-based sporting event.  It was more than an accomplishment to finish the Vasaloppet, it was being able to participate in living history.  If you want to feel the pulse of Sweden, do the Vasaloppet.”

Daniel Murray, 2 x Vasalopet competitor

Worldloppet: International Loppet Series

Loppets are a positive motivator to set training goals and become inspired!

Your opportunity to travel, gaining insight into other cultures. Ski around the world through the Worldloppet series.

Nova Scotia

Loppets bring Nova Scotia skiers together. While some participants are passionate competitors, many simply enjoy the ride finishing 5KM – 40KM distances, at their own pace. We find motivation by skiing as a group. We cheer each other on, appreciate winter’s landscape, and celebrate afterwards. It’s the “spirit” of the loppet – we want you to become a part of it.

You’ll hit the trails alongside skiers of all ages and abilities.  Meeting the little ones who are fiercely determined, passionate competitors, willing story-tellers looking to share a laugh during the race, and seemingly ageless grand-master skiers who know a thing or two about life and camaraderie.  (XC is their secret, by the way.) Select a race distance and go at your pace.

Fast Facts

HostsNS XC ski clubs
AbilitiesFirst-timer to expert
DistanceVariable 5KM – 40KM, you choose
TechniqueClassic, skate or freestyle
Post-race gatheringMany host socials

*Loppet itineraries are all unique. Nova Scotia loppets may include: social after the event, draws for prizes, awards, pot-luck, prizing for winners, hand-crafted wooden medals for all, or cookie races for youngsters. One thing all lopets have in common is lots of skiers having lots of fun.

100% NS Loppets – Photos

100% NS Loppet – Videos

2019 North Highlands Nordic

Linda Murray rallys the 2019 North Highland Nordic loppet participants.

“You folks have the right attitude. This is just a fun event!”

– Linda Murray

2019 Children’s Loppet – North Highlands Nordic

“Good luck to everybody. Everyone’s a winner. GO!”

– Rosemary Algar, Instructor



Nova Scotia Provincial ChampionshipsHalifax NordicRaceFeb 22-23Oakfield Golf and Country Club
Honey PotArctic Fox Cross-Country Ski ClubLoppetMar 1 Victoria Park, Truro, NS
North Highlands Nordic LoppetNorth Highlands NordicLoppetMar 15North Highlands Nordic, Cape North, NS

* Check with local clubs for additional club-level racing events.


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