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The first “snow machines”—the granddaddies of the snowmobile as it is known today—rolled off the Bombardier assembly line in 1936 and had a seven-passenger capacity. “True” snowmobiles weren’t marketed by Bombardier until 1959-1960. Many of these machines can be seen at the Musée J. Armand Bombardier in Valcourt (Eastern Townships).


Chase away those winter blues!

Photo. Do you long to speed through endless miles of snow, glide over frozen lakes, explore the vast boreal forest or travel to magical spots inaccessible by car? If so, then snowmobiling in Québec is for you! Offering up abundant snow, thousands of miles of trails and pristine natural settings that produce an intoxicating feeling of freedom, Québec is understandably a favourite destination among snowmobilers the world over.

A Québec invention

Réserve faunique des Laurentides, QuébecPerfectly tailored to Québec’s rugged winters, the snowmobile will please anyone in search of escape and adventure. In the 1930s, Joseph-Armand Bombardier, the snowmobile’s inventor, probably had no idea of the important leisure role his caterpillar-track machine would come to play. Today, besides being the primary means of transportation for many Aboriginal peoples and a favourite among sportsmen and women, the snowmobile has become a hugely popular recreational vehicle. So popular, in fact, that Québec has created a network of trails to suit every taste, from weekend rider to die-hard enthusiast. Over 33,700 km (21,000 mi.) of groomed and signposted trails crisscross the province. Wherever the trails go, snowmobilers will find a full range of services close at hand, from fuel to rentals and repairs, heated shelters, food and accommodations.

“Snow” me the way to go!

Monts Torngat, NunavikThe regions of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean can each boast some 3,500 km (2,175 mi.) of trails. Other regions popular for snowmobiling are the Outaouais, Laurentides and Lanaudière on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, and the Gaspésie, Chaudière-Appalaches and Montérégie on the river’s south shore. All of these regions offer up detailed trail maps. For information regarding rights of access and insurance, visit the Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs online, which represents some 220 clubs across the province.

This winter, adventure awaits in Québec!

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