Ride the Valins Mountains
Active Ride – 6 days snowmobiling from Fjord to Mountains
The St. Lawrence, a grand river that feeds much of eastern Canada and connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, is in winter the scene of a truly spectacular sight : that of great ships slaloming between massive blocks of ice. At the charming village of Tadoussac, the majestic Saguenay Fjord meets the river, its waters frozen solid in winter. Its steep cliff faces, covered thickly by snow-covered boréal forests, frame panoramas that are truly unforgettable.
Your journey by snowmobile will be marked by a ferry trip across frigid waters and a day spent at Monts Valin, where spectacular snowcover and variable topography have created a paradise for snowmobilers. You’ll also journey through Charlevoix, one of Quebec’s most beautiful regions. In the middle of all of these magical landscapes, charming log cabins and inviting traditional inns wait to welcome you at the end of each day of this truly unique adventure.
- 6 day snowmobiling excursion in Charlevoix, Saguenay and Monts-Valins
- Motorcycle rides through an exceptional winter wonderland
- Nights at authentic inns, lodges, and chalets after a snowmobiling excursion
- A professionally guided snowmobiling tour
- Quality snowmobiles and equipment
Hôtel 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 by your own to your hotel. Enjoy free time in the evening and discover the economic and cultural capital of Quebec.
Chalet Lac des 7 îles et Pêche or similar
Travel toward Quebec City, where you’ll start your snowmobiling adventure along the snowy trails of Quebec. 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 with your professional snowmobiling guide. Lunch in a snowmobile stop. Arrive at the Laurentians Wildreness Reserve in the late afternoon, and spend the night in a cottage.
Cottages or similar
Today’s journey brings you to the heart of one of the most beautiful corners of the region where winter is king: the Laurentians Wilderness Reserve. You’ll cruise along the path of the Montmorency River, which feeds the famous Montmorency Falls near Quebec City. This splendid river meanders through the Laurentian mountains and is the centerpiece of lovely winter landscapes. While continuing north toward the Saguenay Fjord, you’ll traverse the magnificent Charlevoix region. In the evening, you’ll arrive at your accommodations for the night : a charming cottage situated beside the fjord.
La Ferme 5 étoiles or similar
After a restful night, hop back onto your snow machine for a ride around the entirety of the Saguenay Fjord to reach the North shore. Explore the area before boarding the ferry toward Tadoussac. Magnificent panoramas are revealed with every turn of your snowmobile. Float atop pristine trails in a region blessed with exceptional annual snowfall, the delight of winter sports enthusiasts of all stripes. Once again, your day will be punctuated by passages through charming villages. You’ll spend the night in Sacré-Coeur, in a traditional inn warmed by a fireplace to inspire relaxation and long conversations.
Club chasse et pêche or similar
The North Shore of the Fjord, which you’ll discover today, offers scenery even more impressive, perhaps, than that of the southern shore. You’ll pass much of the day in the region of Monts-Valin, a rocky massif overlooking the fjord and offering views of the national park. The snow cover in this sector is simply spectacular. Arrive at the end of the day in Tadoussac, a charming village bordering the grand St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. Night in a traditional lodge.
Le Petit Manoir du Casino or similar
In the morning, depart for the spectacular Charlevoix region, known for its breathtaking landscapes. The trail you’ll take follows a path between the mountains and the river in the Charlevoix region, offering superb viewpoints of rolling hills and rocky headlands jutting dramatically into the St. Lawrence. Arrive late in the day at a welcoming inn in the riverside town of Les Éboulements, your home for the night. 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. 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 night.
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 2 860 $CA full
13 January 2018 3 140 $CA full
20 January 2018 3 140 $CA full
27 January 2018 3 280 $CA full
3 February 2018 3 280 $CA full
10 February 2018 3 280 $CA full
17 February 2018 3 280 $CA limited
24 February 2018 3 280 $CA full
3 March 2018 3 140 $CA limited
10 March 2018 3 140 $CA available
17 March 2018 3 140 $CA available
- Transfers to/from Montreal/Quebec : D2–D8
- All meals from breakfast of day 2 to breakfast of day 8 (meals not included in Montreal and Quebec city)
- 7 nights of accommodations: 1 night in Montreal (4 star accommodations), 1 night in the Québec area (4 star accommodations) and 5 nights in cottages or traditional inns during the snowmobile excursion (double or twin occupancy)
- 6-day guided solo snowmobiling adventure - BRP Renegate Adrenaline 900 cc 4 stroke, including gas
- $0 damage deposit on snowmobiles
- Professional snowmobiling guide for the duration of your adventure (maximum 7 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, and boots
- Waterproof bag for your personal effects
- Assistance from operations team at snowmobile base camp
- Emergency assistance/replacement of snowmobile in the even of mechanical problems
- Civil liability insurance
- Right of access to FCMQ-federated trails
- Accompaniment for group transfers
- Canadian taxes (including accommodations taxes and service fees)
- Consumer Protection Office fees
- International flights
- Personal expenses
- Certain meals (1 lunch and 1 dinner)
- Airport transfers (Montreal)
- Drinks (other than beverages included with meals such as coffee and tea)
- Baggage handling
- Tips for guides and drivers (it is customary to reserve a sum of approximately $5-10/pers/day for the snowmobile guide and $3/pers/day for the driver)
- Personal insurance (medical and repatriation coverage)
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.
3 advanced 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.