4 favourite snowmobile routes near Québec City

The regions of Québec, Charlevoix and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean are a real paradise for lovers of wide-open spaces, glorious scenery and distinctive attractions. Thousands of kilometres of snowmobile trails interlace these regions, sometimes flanked by the St. Lawrence River, sometimes by mountains or the boreal forest. They provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy exceptional snow conditions and spectacular landscapes, and to discover Quebecers’ legendary joie de vivre which takes the form of a warm welcome, delicious local cuisine and a festive spirit!

Following are four itineraries near Québec City, a charming and vibrant city that hosts the largest winter carnival in the world.

1. Nature close to the city

This 312-km (194-mile) Ride Around Winter’s Hometown that begins in Québec City will take you on a discovery tour of memorable landscapes and rich human experiences. Ride along the St. Lawrence River in the beautiful Portneuf sector, known for its outdoor activities and rich heritage. Enjoy mountainous trails that wind their way through frozen lakes and rivers. Along the way, enjoy local cuisine and the hospitality of the people. And be sure to join in the effervescence of Québec City, which is never far away!

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Photo credit : Office du tourisme de Québec, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias

2. The height of pleasure!

The Circuit des Cinq Sommets, a 397-km (247-mile) course across peaks reaching an altitude of more than 770 metres (2,526 feet) at Monts-Valin, is a veritable playground for snowmobilers, enjoyed for its thick snow cover and beautiful views of the Saguenay Fjord, Lac Saint-Jean and the town of Saguenay. This popular outdoor and resort destination is home to many attractions to discover during your getaway, including Cap au Leste on the Saguenay River, Chute-aux-Galets, the Valinouet ski resort, the nature accommodations at Imago Village, or L’Éternel Spa, a Scandinavian mountain spa.

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Photo credit : Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias

3. An area of irresistible charm

Some 301 km (187 miles) of trails run from Baie-Saint-Paul to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, through L’Isle-aux-Coudres, in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. This route, Snowmobilers’ Best Kept Secret, takes you along the river, but also through the rolling and mountainous landscapes of Charlevoix. You will be taken by the charms of this region, known for its unique panoramas between river and mountains, its generous snow cover, rich local cuisine, and welcoming accommodations. A couple of prestigious establishments, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu and the Casino de Charlevoix, are two more attractions that further boost to the region’s notoriety.

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Photo credit : Tourisme Charlevoix, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias

4. The best of all worlds

You would like to take advantage of the three regions’ distinctive landscapes and attractions? Then The Big Loop is for you! Starting from the Québec, Charlevoix or Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region, you will have access to 5,700 km (3,542 miles) of marked trails on a thick white carpet of virgin snow that runs along the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers, in addition to criss-crossing Charlevoix’s back country. This itinerary will take you through river and mountain landscapes, panoramic views and picturesque charm, unexplored corners and lively places. Think only of Old Québec, which hosts the very festive Québec Carnival, or the Casino de Charlevoix.

 

You would like to know more on these regions or receive itinerary suggestions? Discover the 5 reasons to go snowmobiling in Québec this winter, and the 6 top Québec attractions to explore by snowmobile.

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Photo credit : Tourisme Charlevoix, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias

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