Ride Amongst the Giants
Discovery Ride – 4 days snowmobiling
Along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River stretches the Laurentian mountain range, which lends its name to the surrounding region. Here severe landscapes transform into a wonderland abounding with possibilities for outdoor adventure, and this magnificent region of Quebec is rendered yet more breathtaking when blanketed in snow. Further north, the Charlevoix region lies between mountains and sea, offering splendid views of the St. Lawrence below. Impenetrable forests, thundering streams, and frozen lakes by the hundreds: the Laurentians and Charlevoix offer a fascinating backdrop for a snowmobiling escapade in the heart of the Belle Province. Float through enchanting wintertime landscapes at the handlebars of your own little rocket, and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind culture. At the end of each day discovering Quebec’s most unforgettable spaces, come home to cozy log cabins and traditional inns.
- 4-day guided snowmobiling excursion in the Laurentides and Charlevoix
- 2 h dogsledding excursion
- Visit Quebec City and the Ice Hotel
- A snowshoeing excursion along the river
- Visit Huron-Wendake and enjoy a Native breakfast
- 3 nights in a 4 star, First Nations hotel – a unique experience
- Nights at inns and chalets after a snowmobiling excursion
- A professionally guided snowmobiling tour
- Quality snowmobiles and equipment
Hotel Delta**** or similar
After flying over the white expanses that stretch continuously west from the Atlantic, your plane will touch down in the vibrant city of Montreal. Transfer to your hotel by your own. Enjoy free time in the evening and discover the economic and cultural capital of Quebec.
Hotel des Premières Nations**** or similar
Follow the path of the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, Quebec’s political capital and the only fortified city in North America. Travel a short distance to the Huron reserve of Wendake to be immersed in the history and culture of Canada’s First Nations communities. Enjoy a traditional First Nations lunch and visit the site. In the afternoon, delve into Quebec winter for the first time when you head out on a snowshoeing excursion (unguided). Dinner and night in a unique hotel located in the heart of a museum devoted to First Nations history and culture.
Meal(s) : B,L,D.
Hotel*** or similar
This morning marks your first encounter with your snowmobile, which will transport you over powdery paths for days to come. At the snowmobiling base camp, you’ll be outfitted with cold weather gear and your very own “snow machine.” After a security briefing and driving guidelines, you’ll hit the trails in the Laurentian mountains bordering the Quebec City region. After a traditional lunch in the heart of the boreal forest, you’ll continue on to your accommodations for the night situated in the heart of Laurentides mountains, Well known to Quebec skiers.
Meal(s) : B,L,D.
Chalet or similar
Another glorious day of snowmobiling awaits today, promising the discovery of splendid landscapes within the Laurentians Wilderness Reserve. Follow the path of the Montmorency River, which winds between the mountains to arrive at your lodging for the night: a remote cabin nestled beside a bay in the magnificent Lake of Seven Islands. Settle into your room, light the woodstove, prepare a nourishing meal, and enjoy a warm and amicable evening in the cottage.
Meal(s) : B,L,D.
Auberge*** or similar
In the morning, depart for the spectacular Charlevoix region, known not only for its stunning landscapes, but also for its cuisine. The trail you’ll take follows a path between the mountains and the river, offering superb viewpoints of rolling hills and rocky headlands jutting dramatically into the St. Lawrence. After a much-deserved break and restorative lunch at a snowmobile stop, you’ll hop back on your machine and glide over sparkling white to arrive in the late afternoon at a welcoming inn, your home for the night. Dinner will be served in the inn’s dining room, and you’ll enjoy a quiet, warm evening until it’s time for bed.
Meal(s) : B,L,D.
Hôtel des Premières Nations**** or similar
After a good breakfast, you’ll head out for your final day of snowmobiling. This last leg brings you once again over brilliant white expanses situated between the St. Lawrence River, dense with massive ice floes, and the snow-laden contours of the Laurentian mountain range. On route stop at the dogsledding base for a unique dogsledding experience. Upon arrival, the howling and excitement of the dogs will immediately plunge you into the mushers experience. A “Musher” is the name given to a dogsled pilot and you will become a musher after your dogsledding experience. Start by meeting the dogs, harnessing them up to your sled and a security crash course of dogsled driving and you off for an 1h30 of pure authentic “québécois” experience in the Charlevoix backcountry offering astonishing vistas and breathtaking scenery.
At the end of the day, you’ll return to snowmobiling base camp, return your equipment and machines, and transfer for the First Nations Museum Hotel in Wendake, where you’ll spend the next two nights.
Meal(s) : B,L,D.
Hôtel des Premières Nations**** or similar
In the morning, visit Quebec’s unique Ice Hotel, where exceptional ephemeral architecture and sculpture bears witness to the spectacular talents of Quebecois artisans. Next, head toward Quebec City, an architectural jewel and the only fortified city in North America. Take advantage of a free afternoon to explore the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the old city, the Petit Champlain quarter, the Plains of Abraham, or the iconic Château Frontenac. Lunch not included. Return to your hotel in the evening.
The end of your journey is marked by your return along the contours of the St. Lawrence River to the city of Montreal. Depending on your flight schedule, transfer by your own directly to the airport or you may spend a few hours taking in the sites of this great metropolis, for example is historical heart, the Old Port, or the charming neighborhoods that surround it.
Dates & prices
6 January 2018 1740 $CA full
13 January 2018 2020 $CA full
20 January 2018 2020 $CA full
27 January 2018 2160 $CA full
3 February 2018 2160 $CA full
10 February 2018 2160 $CA full
17 February 2018 2160 $CA full
24 February 2018 2160 $CA limited
3 March 2018 2020 $CA full
10 March 2018 2020 $CA limited
17 March 2018 2020 $CA available
- Transfers to/from Montreal/Quebec: D2–D8
- All meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners) from breakfast of D2 to breakfast of D7
- 7 nights of accommodations: 1 night in Montreal, 3 nights in the Québec area and 3 nights in cottages or traditional inns during the snowmobile excursion
- 4-days guided duo snowmobiling adventure - Bombardier BRP Ski-Doo 900 cc ACE 4 strokes, including gas
- $0 damage deposit on snowmobiles in case of accident
- Local speaking professional snowmobiling guide for the duration of your adventure (maximum 8 snowmobiles per guide)
- Guide’s equipment includes: satellite telephone, GPS SPOT tracker, first aid kit and survival equipment
- Snowmobile equipment: helmet, two-piece extreme cold-weather gear (jacket and bib pants), mittens, boots and under-helmet balaclava. Waterproof bag for your personal effects (1 bag 35l-40l/pers.)
- Assistance from operations team at snowmobile base camp
- Civil liability insurance
- Right of access to FCMQ-federated trails
- Emergency assistance/replacement of snowmobile in the even of mechanical problems
- 2 h dogsledding excursion (2 pers./dogsled) including briefing and harnessing the dogs
- Ice Hotel visit (unguided)
- Visit to a First Nations (Huron-Wendat) site and unguided snowshoeing trail
- Accompaniment for group transfers
- Canadian taxes (including accommodations taxes and service fees)
- Consumer Protection Office fees
- International flight
- Personal expenses, drinks (other than beverages included with meals such as coffee and tea)
- Transfer D1 from Montreal airport to Montréal downtown hotel
- Transfer D8 from Montreal Downtown to Montreal airport
- Dinner on D1 and D7 and lunches on D7 and D8
- Supplement single rider on a snowmobile, including if solo sign-up & there are an odd-number of passengers
- Transferring snowmobiles back to base in case of accidents, immobilization, or abandonment
- Luggage porterage
- Guide and driver tips (It is customary to plan on $3-5 per person, per day, for the tour guide, and $3 for the driver per day of transfer)
OUR SNOWMOBILE FLEET
Our fleet is made up of fully-equipped snowmobiles with 900 ACE 4-stroke engines, a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine than traditional 2-stroke motors. Our models have been chosen to guarantee you the greatest sense of excitement and freedom possible, whether you’re an experienced driver or a beginner.
Our fleet consists of the following models:
-BRP Renegade adrenaline 900cc ACE 4-stroke
-BRP Expedition LE 900cc ACE 4-stroke
-BRP Skandic WT 900cc ACE 4-stroke
For more information on our fleet, consult the Good-to-Know document.
Fluent in both English and French and a specialist in outdoor adventure: your guide will be Canadian through and through. You’ll meet him/her upon your arrival at the snowmobiling base camp, at which time you’ll receive your equipment. Your guide will teach you the basics of snowmobile operation as well as important safety guidelines. He/she will share with you their love of the country, his/her knowledge about the regions visited as well as the secrets of snowmobiling. All of our guides are off-road vehicle certified.
Our snowmobiling tours bring together participants from numerous agencies and clients of varied origins. They offer a complete package of full days (wake up times between 6 and 7 am). It is important to arrive on time to meet-ups arranged by the guide as latenesses could impact the organization of planned activities and excursions.
The proposed itinerary is subject to change. Activities and destinations may be adjusted according to the number of participants and weather, trail, and road conditions.
Itinerary and facilities may be modified due to circumstances beyond our control. Modifications may be made following trip confirmation.
Indicated accommodations are subject to availability at the time of booking. The itinerary may be modified due to inclement weather and or unsuitable driving conditions (trail closures, detours, pour snow or freezing conditions…)
During the course of the tour, the group may encounter unforeseen circumstances leading to a modification to the itinerary (accident, mechanical failure resulting in immobilization or considerable delay, etc.). For these reasons, which are beyond our control, indicated accommodations and mileage may be subject to change.
Modifications made during the course of the tour are not eligible for compensation.
Beginner – intermediate.
Comfortable coach or minibus services are arranged for the transfers included in your program. All drivers are of course subject to local driving laws (speed, stop signs), and itineraries have been designed to comply with the rules in place.
Accommodations in Montreal and the Quebec City region are in four-star establishments with double rooms and private bathrooms. While on the snowmobile tour, you will stay in lodges, inns, and cottages. It is possible that bathrooms may be shared in some cases.
- Delta Hotel Montreal**** or similar : In the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal’s bustling music and theatre neighbourhood, this recently-renovated hotel benefits from a truly spectacular location in the city. Enjoy the saltwater pool, the sports centre, two squash courts, Jacuzzi, and sauna.
- Hôtel Premières Nations**** or similar (hotel**** in Quebec City) : Near the shores of the Akiawenrahk River, this unique complex combines the appeal of a museum dedicated to Huron-Wendat culture and the unforgettable experience of lodging inspired by First Nations and Inuit people. Moreover, it houses an excellent restaurant run by a renowned chef featuring a menu inspired by the culinary traditions of the First Nations of Quebec.
Refer to the lodging sheets for more details. Baggage handling not included.
Tours include full room and board with the exception of meals in Montreal and Quebec City (all breakfasts included). Refer to your trip’s detailed sheets for more precise information.
Check our Snowmobile fleet for more information
- Driver’s license and driving
Snowmobile operation requires physical fitness. Persons aged 21 and over with a valid driver’s license may operate a snowmobile and international credit card. Passengers must be at least 18 years of age. The driver’s license must be presented before the driver takes control of the snowmobile. It is not necessary to have an international driver’s license. The passenger is not required to have a driver’s license. Though the basic operation of a snowmobile is easy to learn, this activity demands caution and the same attitude of responsibility with which one approaches driving on a regular road. Snowmobiles are driven on specific, regulated trails. Tracks are two-way both in the forest and on lakes. Respect for the Highway Code and speed limits are the responsibility of each driver.
- Insurance and repatriation
Medical and repatriation insurance are not included in our packages. It is strongly recommended that you consult with your insurer before your departure in order to ensure that your policies cover the risks associated with a motorized recreational activity in Canada (snowmobiling). Civil liability insurance up to $2,000,000 is included in all of our programs. Civil liability insurance covers the client in the event of damage to third parties. We offer a $0 security deposit for damage to the snowmobile in the event of an accident or abandonment, with the exception of the Raid Hors Piste and Raid to 50e (deposit $2000).
The expedition is covered by AIR-MEDIC, a 24 hour air evacuation support service, to assist in the event of an accident in a remote region. Transport to the nearest hospital. This service does not replace your own travel insurance (medical and repatriation insurance) which we strongly advise you to obtain before your departure.