Snowmobilling on The Boreal Trail
6 days of snowmobiling between fjord and 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 forests, frame panoramas that are truly unforgettable.
Your journey by snowmobile will reach its peak in the heart of an immense boreal forest, where you’ll float over the spectacular powder of the Monts Valin backcountry to reach the warm ambiance of a traditional lodge lost in the middle of nowhere! Add to this the adventure of a ferry trip across the frigid waters of the fjord, a visit to the magnificent Laurentians Wildlife Reserve, and a passage 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 await to welcome you at the end of each day. Discover great Nordic expanses and immerse yourself in an authentic cultural experience
- 6 day snowmobiling excursion in the Charlevoix, Saguenay and Laurentides Reserve regions
- 1 day full off trail
- Authentic inns, chalets and outfitters during the snowmobile excursion
- A professionally guided snowmobiling tour
- Quality snowmobiles and equipment
Delta Hotel**** 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
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. At the end of the day, arrive at your cottage in the Laurentian Wilderness Reserve, which you will have roamed while following the contours of the winding Montmorency River. Night in a chalet beside Sept-Iles Lake.
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 the loveliest winter landscapes. As you move north toward the spectacular Saguenay Fjord, you will pass charming villages of coloured rooftops, sleepy and silent in the cold of winter. The trail will lead to the impressive Chutes-a-Caron dam, which spans the Saguenay River. From there, you will head straight north toward Monts-Valin National Park. Night at Relais Onatchiway.
Chenail du Nord outfitting
After a restful night, you’ll grip your handlebars and rev up your snow machine once again; today you’ll be hitting the backcountry for the northernmost leg of your expedition, a ride through brute wilderness. You will leave the Saguenay region and plunge into the Côte Nord region, where a giant meteorite once fell, leaving behind one of Earth’s largest craters. Here, the vegetation thins as the boreal forest begins to give way to the unforgiving taiga. In this territory of the Innu and Naskapi peoples, the most magnificent panoramas are revealed as you make your way through the backcountry. Faced with the sheer immensity of the North, the feeling of freedom is sure to intensify with each moment. Night at Whapishish Lodge.
Ferme 5 Etoiles or similar
After a nourishing breakfast enjoyed in an ambiance marked by the remoteness of the site, where caribou and moose are more plentiful than people, you’ll head back to the trails. You’ll float away from the lodge on crisp, white trails and progress through ever more wild territories toward the magnificent St. Lawrence River. From time to time, you’ll enjoy views of the dramatic frozen coastline and gargatuan ice floes. Arrive at the end of the day in Tadoussac, where you’ll find once again the shores of the Saguenay Fjord.
Relais des Hautes Gorges or similar
Departure for Tadoussac, the village where the fjord and the great river meet. The highlight of your day will be a boat ride through the ice floes of the fjord on a ferry connecting the Côte Nord region to Charlevoix! The trail you’ll take follows a southbound path between the mountains and the river in the Charlevoix region, offering superb viewpoints of rolling hills and rocky headlands jutting dramatically into the frozen St. Lawrence. Arrive late in the day in La Malbaie
First Nations Hotel or Delta hotel in Quebec
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 to your hôtel.
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
25 January 2020 4 330 $CA full
15 February 2020 4 330 $CA full
7 March 2020 4 330 $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-days guided solo snowmobiling adventure - BRP Expedition LE or Skandic 900 cc 4 stroke, including gas
- Professional snowmobiling guide for the duration of your adventure (maximum 6 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
- AIR-MEDIC, a 24 hour air evacuation support service, to assist in the event of an accident in a remote region
- 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
- 1 dinner D01 and 1 lunch D08
- Airport transfers in cases where flights are not included (if individual flight schedule differs from that of the group)
- Drinks (other than beverages included with meals such as coffee and tea)
- Baggage handling
- Deposit 2000 $CA
- Repatriation of the snowmobile in the event of a responsible breakdown immobilizing it
- 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)
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 2019 – 900cc ACE 4-stroke – new generation GEN IV
-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, with the exception of the Raid Hors Piste and The Boreal Trail (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.