Canadian cross-country skier Alex Harvey, who retired from professional sport in 2019, shares his favourite spots in Canada to practise sports.
I obviously have a bias for where I come from! Saint-Férréol-les-Neiges is an exceptional place. The family home where I grew up was located at the foot of the mountain. I could leave the house on skis. When I was young, I did my homework on the bus and if they were well done, I had the right to go skiing before dinner, with a headlamp. You can practise sports in all seasons: in autumn, walking in the mountains is great with the colours. In winter, you can do alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. In spring there is the spring skiing. And in summer there are beautiful bike trails.
Western Canada is a completely different landscape. I spent a lot of time in Canmore because the Canadian cross-country team is based there. It's the gateway to the Rockies. The valley is narrow: you have mountains almost 360 degrees. It's really a beautiful part of the country.
The Plains of Abraham are a very unique place. I participated in my last competition there. In winter, there is skiing and ice-skating. In summer, it’s perfect to go for a run. As an urban park, it's exceptional.
It is an exceptional site for mountain biking. It's the most beautiful trails in I've seen in the province of Quebec. You can do canoe-camping in summer.
I have never been to Newfoundland, but I would love to see that part of the country. I went to the east coast when I was younger, but I do not have many memories of that. I like surfing and I know that on the east coast, there is a lot to do, but with a dry suit because it's much colder!
Watch the ''One of the Family'' video with Isabelle Weidemann and Alex Harvey in Ottawa.
Alex Harvey doesn’t take a break. Besides appearing in the Germain Hotels’ web series, the athlete is also ramping up his community involvement as the spokesperson for two organizations: Petite Expé—the cross-country skiing version of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie cycling challenge—and Laura Lémerveil, which works with children with multiple disabilities and their families.