|You'll be tempted to never leave Quebec, once you've sampled Quebec's 20,000 spectacular miles of trails. The birthplace and headquarters of Ski-Doo, Quebec is a Ski-Dooer's paradise!|
Where to begin? Try Lanaudière, close to Montreal and to the U.S.'s northeastern states and bordered to the north by the Laurentian Mountains. 1,400 miles of trail invite you to take a jaunt through the region, and with an average of six feet of snow there will be plenty to blast through these trails. You will likely be able to ride here from mid-November through March because of the cold temperatures and heavy snowfall. Lanaudière includes part of Mont-Tremblant Park, the largest national park in Quebec, which can be seen via snowmobile. Popular spots to visit include St. Come, Auberge le Cabanon and St. Michel des Saintes.
We suggest you take a trip to Ski-Doo's Valcourt headquarters as well to learn how the "ski dog" became the "Ski-Doo." The Valcourt Museum features the inventive history of Ski-Doo from Joseph-Armand Bombardier, known to some as the father of snowmobiling. Valcourt also is great for vintage sled lovers, as you'll find museums, exhibitions, and if you ride the trails, you might just catch a glimpse of a number of functioning antique Ski-Doos in the area.
Read about our ride in the beautiful Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean region. AmSnow's Feb. 2008 issue, p. 52.
On the western edge of Quebec, there are 2,186 miles of snowmobile highways waiting for you in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Snowfall can reach up to 24 feet there. This French-influenced area has plenty of lodging and restaurants. You may even be lucky enough to see the northern lights, the aurora borealis, during a night ride.
Que. Federation of Snowmobile Clubs: www.fcmq.qc.ca
Que. Tourism: www.bonjourquebec.com/snowmobile
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