Snowmobile 5 days Backcountry excursion

Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Distance: 780 km snowmobiling
Difficulty level: For all
Trek type: Solo or duo
Snowmobile type: BRP skidoo Expedition LE 900cc ACE
from (flight from Paris included) $3610

Description

5 days snowmobile tour in Quebec and Charlevoix regions
All inclusive package with round trip flight from Paris
Snowmobile as solo or tandem

Seized by ice for much of the winter, the Saguenay fjord meanders at the foot of steep cliffs covered in thick boreal forest. It spills out into the St. Lawrence River, where the dance of vessels navigating around massive ice floes is a truly unforgettable sight. Neighbouring Charlevoix is home to magnificent trails that lead through dense forests and over rolling hills, all the while offering breathtaking views of mountains thick with snow-covered evergreens.

Nestled at the heart of these enchanting landscapes lie cozy log cabins and traditional inns waiting to welcome riders weary from long days on the trails. Experience Quebec’s winter at its best as you traverse great open spaces at the handlebars of your very own snow machine. Immerse yourself in a culture that’s utterly unique in North America; colourful encounters with warm and welcoming people are sure to punctuate your winter adventure through the backcountry of the Belle Province.

5-day guided snowmobiling adventure
Three iconic Quebec regions
Carefully-selected accommodations
Unique complementary activities

Departures and prices

Departure place Arrival place Date Price
Paris Montreal Every Saturday $3610

Program

5 days of authentic immersion in the Quebec culture traveling by snowmobile

Day 1 Saturday - Arrival in Montreal

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.

Day 2 sunday - Montréal / Ste Brigitte

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, transfer to visit Ice hotel. Dinner and night in a unique hotel located in the heart of a museum devoted to First Nations history and culture.

Day 3 monday - Wendake / La Malbaie - 180km

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 depart for your adventure, led by a professional snowmobile guide. Enjoy lunch at a snowmobile stop situated just off the trail, then head out again onto powdery paths to arrive at your accommodations in La Malbaie at the end of the day.

day 4 tuesday - La Malbaie / L’Anse-Saint-Jean - 160km

Your second day of snowmobiling will carry you through a rural setting characterized by colourful villages and houses blanketed in snow. As you travel north toward the Saguenay Fjord, your guide will bring you to lookouts upon the most extraordinary views of the St. Lawrence River and the fjord. At night, you’ll sleep beside cliffs overlooking the fjord, in cottages just outside the village of l’Anse St-Jean.

day 5 wednesday - L’Anse-Saint-Jean / Hebertville - 160km

After a restful night, hop back onto your snow machine for a northwesterly ride alongside the fjord toward Lac Saint-Jean. Renowned in summer for its blueberries, which flourish in the region, this immense body of water is in winter a kingdom of ice and snow. 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 Hébertville, in traditional cottages warmed by fireplaces that inspire relaxation and long conversations.

day 6 Thursday - Hebertville / Reserve faunique - 150km

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. As you’ll be driving from Lac Saint-Jean, you’ll approach the reserve from the north. You’ll take a particularly untamed and absolutely pristine path along trails that weave through evergreens in the heart of the Laurentian mountains. You’re sure to be ready for a rest at the end of the day, so settling in to the comfort of a superb cottage on the shore of Lac Cartier will be most welcome.

day 7 friday - Natural reserve / Wendake - 130km

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. 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. 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 night.

day 8 Saturday- Wendake / Departure from Montreal

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.

Details

Winter  2020 rate including flight PARIS/MONTRÉAL

Rate per person twin or double occupancy and snowmobile as tandem (2 people/snowmobile)

Garanteed departure all saturdays from Jan, 10th to March, 14th 2020

 

Options

High Tech. balaclava
50 $cad

Package without flight from Paris
-450 €

INCLUSIVE
Transfers to/from Montreal/Quebec: D2-D8
All meals from breakfast of day 2 to breakfast of day 8
7 nights of accommodations: 1 night in Montreal (4 star accommodations), 2 nights in the Québec area (4 star accommodations) and 4 nights in cottages or traditional inns during the snowmobile excursion (double occupancy)
5-days guided duo snowmobiling adventure – BRP Ski-Doo 900 cc ACE 4 stroke, including gas
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
Civil liability insurance
Right of access to FCMQ-federated trails
Emergency assistance/replacement of snowmobile in the even of mechanical problems
Visit to a First Nations (Huron-Wendat) site visite to Ice Hotel
Accompaniment for group transfers
Administration and credit card fees
Canadian taxes (including accommodations taxes and service fees)
Consumer Protection Office fees

NON INCLUSIVE
International flights
Personal expenses
Certain meals (1 lunch and 1 dinner)
Airport transfers (Montreal)
500 $ CA damage deposit on snowmobile
Transferring snowmobiles back to base in case of accidents, immobilization, or abandonment
Supplement single rider on a snowmobile, including if solo sign-up & there are an odd-number of passengers
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)

GUIDING SERVICE/ACCOMPANIMENT

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.

GROUP

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.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

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.

LEVEL

2 intermediate.

TRANSPORT

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

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.

MEALS

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.

CLIMATE

SNOWMOBILE

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.

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