Diving into a celebration is what the Traversee internationale du Lac Saint-Jean, and the Lac-Saint-Jean region, does best. This year, this international swimming event plunges headfirst into their 50th running, celebrating the 32-kilometre swim between Peribonka and Roberval, Quebec. Canada Post will get the race started by issuing a new 49c stamp on June 18. This race across Lac Saint-Jean is the 6th leg of the World Cup long distance swimming championship and attracts the world's best long-distance swimmers.
The Traversee internationale du Lac Saint-Jean is recognized as the oldest and most prestigious long-distance swimming marathon in the world. Since 1998, this marathon has been an official part of the prestigious World Cup circuit in open water sanctioned by FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation). The 2004 calendar for this circuit includes 10 marathons in seven additional countries