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2008 Morin-Heights Viking Loppet

Living up to its reputation as "Cross-country ski capital of the Laurentians" Morin-Heights once again, on Sunday, 24th February, hosted this popular event: the Morin-Heights/Viking Loppet, now in its 36th year. Some 370 keen skiers had signed up to come enjoy this more casual event on a busy February cross-country ski calendar, following on the heels of "the majors", the Canadian Ski Marathon and the Gatineau Loppet.

The choice of course distances: 10 km, 20 km and 33 km - gives this event wide appeal across the spectrum of age and skiing ability as evidenced by the youngest participant of 5 years old, to a couple of gents aged 79 years! Room for all, the event embraces elite racing skiers, individuals just happy to complete the course at their own pace, and members from some 20 cross-country ski clubs. Not surprisingly, the Viking Ski Club had the most entrants with 50 of its members participating. This club initiated the event, albeit on a smaller scale, back in 1972 at their clubhouse. For several years now, the Viking Ski Club and the Municipality of Morin-Heights have joined organizational forces and resources to expand the event to accommodate a larger and broader public participation.

 
Spring
 
Youth hockey program

This recreational hockey program offers children 7 to 10 years old the opportunity to play traditional pick up hockey with volunteer coaching at their local outdoor skating rink for free, twice a week. A new group for 11 to 14 years old is added in 2010-2011.

Information: Volunteer Head Coach, Robert Leblanc, 450 226-1392

 
Remembrance Day Parade in Morin-Heights

The Royal Canadian Legion branch #171 of Morin-Heights celebrates Remembrance Day with a church service at the United Church.

Following the service, Legion members, friends and families march to the Cenotaph to the pipe and drum band of 306 (Maple Leaf) Wing for the laying of wreaths and then marched through the village to the Legion hall where lunch was served.

Photographs courtesy of Derek Shearer

 
Municipal Council
 
Winter Activities
 
Torchlight Snowshoe Evening

Some 200 snowshoers gathered around a bonfire, listening to great stories of Yvon Boutin, after climbing to the top of Mont Bellevue on the evening of January 18th. A short course and long course were lit with torches, both led to a magnificent lookout point.

 
Torchlight Snowshoe Evening
 
Torchlit Snowshoe Hike
 
Torchlit Snowshoe Evening
 
 
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