5 reasons to go snowmobiling in Québec this winter

Québec is known for its wide-open spaces and its unique culture, while Quebecers are recognized for their welcoming nature and infectious joie de vivre. Together with breathtaking scenery and a generous snow cover, it all adds up to the ideal snowmobiling destination! A number of regions, including Québec City, Charlevoix and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, offer everything you need for the perfect holiday, including a variety of accommodations, restaurants and leisure activities, events celebrating the joys of winter, and unique attractions, two of which are recognized worldwide by UNESCO. But best of all you will find endless of marked trails covered with a thick white carpet carefully maintained by winter enthusiasts like you!

Here are five reasons to come and explore Québec’s snow-covered trails this winter, especially in the Québec City, Charlevoix and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean regions:

1. Exceptional snow conditions

With the six metres (20 feet) of snow these regions receive on average each year – more than seven (23 feet) in some places! – snowmobilers enjoy from exceptional conditions, and a season which lasts up to 22 weeks in mountainous areas, from December to April. Maintenance by snowmobile clubs ensures the quality of the trails, which cover more than 5,700 km (3,542 miles). An abundance of snow and trails to everyone’s great delight!

snowmobile©Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias

2. Unique natural attractions

A system of trails going from the snow-covered peaks of the Monts-Valin to the Saguenay Fjord and Lac Saint-Jean provides spectacular views, as do those lining magnificent landscapes along the majestic St. Lawrence River. You will experience this when you go around Île d’Orléans, near Québec City, or L’Isle-aux-Coudres in Charlevoix, after crossing an ice bridge or taking a ferry. The memory will stay with you forever!

snowmobile©Tourisme Charlevoix, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias

3. Lively atmosphere

Québec celebrates winter and its many pleasures with festive events that include the famous Québec Winter Carnival, the largest of its kind in the world! Other events are organized with snowmobilers in mind, where they can meet other snowmobile enthusiasts and attend snowmobile exhibitions and competitions. These include the Festival neige en fête, a gathering of antique snowmobiles and “autoneiges” in the Québec City region, the Grand rassemblement des motoneigistes, Ode to Winter events in Charlevoix, and the Snowcross Saguenay, Hillcross Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Village sur glace de Roberval in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. Plus, many locations boast ice fishing on their frozen lakes and rivers. Hours of fun for everyone!

Lively atmosphere ©Office du tourisme de Québec, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias

4. Exquisite local cuisine

These regions are proud to present their home-grown products and share their know-how. One attraction is the Flavour trail, a network of producers, processors and restaurateurs, some of which accessible by snowmobile. In Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, these “flavour ambassadors” are known collectively as La Zone boréale, showcasing their unique Nordic territory. You like beer? So do we! Enjoy delicious craft beers, each more original than the next, by traveling the Route des bières du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. You can also visit one of many microbreweries around Québec City, including Roquemont, L’Esprit de Clocher, Les Grands Bois and Microbrasserie des Beaux Prés. An abundance of flavours to discover!

Exquisite local cuisine ©Office du tourisme de Québec, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias

5. Services that fit your needs

Because snowmobiling is a way of life in Québec, and because Quebecers have a reputation as a welcoming people, it follows that we offer many services to suit your needs! Safe hotels as well as a wide range of restaurants, spas and other leisure activities await! In the Québec City, Charlevoix and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean regions, 13 establishments have the “safe hotel” certification established by the Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ). These places ensure that you have a secure place to park your snowmobile for the night. Snowmobile rentals, guides and route planning services are also available so everyone can get the most out of the experience!

services©Tourisme Charlevoix, Sophie Gagnon-Bergeron – Canopée Médias


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