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Snowmobiling

Are you longing to speed through endless miles of snow and enjoy an unforgettable experience? If so, then snowmobiling in Québec is for you! Offering a delectably thick snow cover, a network of 33,000 km of trails and the freedom of the untouched wilderness, Québec is understandably a top destination for snowmobiling, a sport invented right here.

The groomed and sign-posted trails criss-crossing the province offer a full range of services and accommodations for every taste. Plan your trip by consulting the various snowmobiling information sources available. Whether you’re looking for info on snowmobile trail permits, snow conditions, trail maps or accommodations, our useful links will provide the answers to your questions. Happy trails!

The first “snow machines”—the granddaddies of the snowmobile as we know it today—rolled off the Bombardier assembly line in 1936 and had a seven-passenger capacity. True snowmobiles weren’t marketed by Bombardier until 1959–1960.

Québec’s trails offer thrills galore for snowmobilers with a thirst for adventure and new horizons. Glide over frozen lakes, explore the vast boreal forest or travel to magical spots inaccessible by car. The most memorable adventures await you! 

Côte-Nord : The Northern Trail 

The Northern Trail (1,640 km / 1,018 mi.), which runs from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon along the Trans-Québec 3 (TQ3) trail, is ideal for snowmobilers in search of pristine wilderness and wide-open spaces! It incorporates the Route Blanche snowmobile trail promoted by Tourisme Côte-Nord. 

Gaspésie : Chic-Chocs – Chaleurs Loop 

This 800-km (497-mi.) loop, from Mont Saint-Pierre in Haute Gaspésie all the way to Mont Sainte-Anne, boasts a panoramic view of Percé rock. You can traverse Gaspésie two ways—via Murdochville, the copper town, and via the Chic-Choc Mountains, one of Gaspésie’s prettiest gems. 

Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean : Summits circuit 

The Summits circuit (380 km / 186 mi.) allows you to cover a large portion of the Monts-Valin area via access to a series of five mountains with incredible lookouts over Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. 

Outaouais : Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and Pontiac 

A 760-km (472-mi.) loop amidst lakes, hills and forests, stretching from Maniwaki, through the northern sector of the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau all the way to the La Vérendrye wildlife reserve. 

Abitibi-Témiscamingue : La tournée blanche 

This 914-km (568-mi.) loop links the cities of Rouyn-Noranda, Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Val-d’Or and Ville-Marie. 

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For those who love pure nature and who thrive in the wilderness, Québec, with its wide-open spaces, gives you a chance to glimpse wildlife in all its glory. The province’s breathtaking scenery will fulfill your wildest dreams. Take in stunning views from the mountaintops. Criss-cross the St. Lawrence, the Saguenay fjord and the majestic Lac Saint-Jean—you’ll witness beauty like nowhere else in the world.

Chaudière-Appalaches : Deer watching in Saint-Gédéon (trail 580) and Armstrong (trail 75)

Bas-Saint-Laurent : Deer watching in Saint-Pacôme (trail 5), Pohénégamook (trail 35) and Trinité-des-Monts (trail 548)

Îles-de-la-Madeleine : Seal watching on the ice floes in February (Îles-de-la-Madeleine)

Outaouais : Deeryard watching, Duhamel area (trail 43)

Côte-Nord : Caribou watching, Fermont area (trail 399)

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It’s no secret: Québec is brimming with fabulous restaurants. What could be better after a day snowmobiling than to sit down to a gourmet meal and relax in a friendly, cozy atmosphere? Various accommodation packages are available along the circuits and trails. Whether you’re looking for a cottage, B&B, charming inn, hotel or an outfitter, you’ll find everything you need. And why not take the opportunity to relax in a Nordic spa as you watch the snow fall down around you?

Mauricie – Trail 23 –  Hotel Sacacomie 

Hotel Sacacomie is a gateway into nature. Nestled in the heart of the forest on the edge of the Mastigouche wildlife reserve, it overlooks a majestic lake whose shores stretch for more than 42 km (26 mi.). In this enchanting site where nature reigns supreme, the log-built hotel blends wonderfully into the scenery and offers unparalleled hospitality. 4 stars, snowmobile rentals, spa and restaurant service

Lanaudière – Trail 33 – Auberge du Lac Taureau

A luxurious establishment featuring an indoor pool with cathedral ceiling, saunas, whirlpool, health spa offering the latest treatments, gourmet regional cuisine served in the dining room overlooking the lake, patio, bistro-bar and shop. 4 stars, snowmobile rentals, spa and restaurant service

Outaouais – Trail 323 – Fairmont Le Château Montebello

Set on the banks of the Ottawa River halfway between Montréal and Ottawa, the largest log castle in the world offers visitors an authentic Canadian experience. 3 stars superior, snowmobile rentals, spa and restaurant service

Charlevoix – Trail 378 – Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

Overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River, Le Manoir Richelieu is perched proudly on the cliffs of Pointe-au-Pic in the heart of the picturesque Charlevoix region. Since the early 20th century, discriminating travellers from Canada and the United States have been returning to enjoy the rich and elegant traditions of hospitality that have made the Manoir a destination of choice. 5 stars, snowmobile rentals, spa and restaurant service

Laurentides – Trail 43 – Estérel Resort

Much more than an escape, Estérel Resort offers an incredible experience in the heart of nature. The establishment is surrounded by three navigable lakes, lush Laurentian forest and features a Nordic spa. Its stunning panoramic views and facilities, three gourmet restaurants, suites with fireplaces and outdoor activities guarantee an unforgettable stay. 4 stars, snowmobile rentals, spa and restaurant service

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