Along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River stretches the Laurentian mountain range, which lends its name to the surrounding region. Here severe landscapes transform into a wonderland abounding with possibilities for outdoor adventure, and this magnificent region of Quebec is rendered yet more breathtaking when blanketed in snow. Further north, the Charlevoix region lies between mountains and sea, offering splendid views of the St. Lawrence below. Impenetrable forests, thundering streams, and frozen lakes by the hundreds: the Laurentians and Charlevoix offer a fascinating backdrop for a snowmobiling escapade in the heart of the Belle Province. Float through enchanting wintertime landscapes at the handlebars of your own little rocket, and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind culture. At the end of each day discovering Quebec’s most unforgettable spaces, come home to cozy log cabins and traditional inns.
7 days in the Quebec culture sharing the principal winter activities that Canada offers.
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7 days of authentic immersion in the Quebec culture sharing the best winter Canadian activities
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.
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. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to have a visit of the Ice Hôtel, unique site in North America, ephemeral architecture par excellence that reflects the talent of Quebec artisans. After the visit, it will be time to join your lodge nestled in the mountains, overlooking the Montmorency River that meanders through the valley. Upon your arrival you will enjoy the comfort and warmth of this lodge with refined decoration. Built entirely of round wood in an enchanting setting that will allow you to relax completely.
The Montmorency River lodge is the ideal place to dive into the Quebec winter. During your stay, you can leave the lodge with snowshoes and explore the surrounding woods. Follow the small path to the river to admire its meanders. For a first experience, we invite you to go with our experienced guide who will take you into the boreal forest for a discovery of the history of trappers from Europe who had to face this harsh climate. Lunch and snack. Back at the lodge enjoy a moment to relax in the lounge, near the fireplace or spa with panoramic views of the mountains overlooking the river before heading back to the Lac Beauport ski resort where we offer skiing track at night. After this unusual experience, the dinner will be taken at Archibald, a typical old brewery in a decor reminiscent of the cottages of yesteryear. An excellent opportunity to sample local and original beers with a particularly feminine imprint. Return to the lodge after dinner.
Morning departure for Montmorency Falls. On the outskirts of Quebec, it dominates, from its height of 83 m, the island of Orleans which faces it. In winter, a dome of ice is formed with spray and Quebecers like to come slide on the slopes of this strange icy bulb. The cliff also benefits from these spray and offer walls of ice climbing enthusiasts who meet there all winter. After this visit, you will head for Quebec City, the only walled city in North America. You will find our city guide for a two-hour walking tour of Old Quebec. Lunch and afternoon will be free to allow you, at your own pace, to enjoy this pearl of architecture and history listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Stroll through the old town, the Petit Champlain neighborhood, walk on the Plains of Abraham, or visit the iconic Château Frontenac. Dinner will be taken in a restaurant in Quebec City and it will be back to your lodge for a well deserved rest.
This morning marks your contact with your snowmobile and the beginning of your journey on the snowy slopes of Quebec. Transfer to our base of departure, delivery of your equipment, allocation of your machine and safety briefing and driving. Then, through the forest trails, you will go up to the Laurentian mountains that border the Quebec region. The beautiful Montmorency River winds between the mountains and offers beautiful landscapes. Lunch will be taken in a rustic snowmobile relay, nestled in the woods. Late afternoon return to the Lodge, where you will find your cozy room, soft sofas and the warm atmosphere of the home.
After a refined and hearty breakfast, you will take back your snowmobile and go to discover the Charlevoix. Beautiful region famous for its gastronomy. The warm welcome of the Charlevoisians is a tradition. From the snowmobile trails, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River that the Charlevoix knows how to offer to visitors. Arrival at the end of the afternoon at the small village of La Malbaie. Check in at your hotel and have dinner at the dining room
After a good breakfast, you’re off for the third day of snowmobiling. Along the way, you will stop at a beautiful kennel to experience the dog sled. As soon as you arrive, the hustle and bustle of the dogs will show you their impatience to go for a walk of about 1h30 on their trails. After helping to harness the dogs, you will go to an area where snowmobiles do not have access and discover unsuspected views of the Charlevoix. An opportunity to go back in time with this means of locomotion used by the Amerindians. Your last stretch takes you again between river and mountains. Back to the base at the end of the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel First Nations Museum. You will be welcomed in a unique hotel both by its concept of hotel-museum and by its decoration inspired by the Amerindian art. Dinner at the hotel dining room.
End of your journey up the course of the St. Lawrence to Montreal. Depending on the flight schedule, you can enjoy the few hours you have left to visit the great metropolis, its historic district, its old port or shop your memories on St. Catherine Street, the most commercial street. Return flight.
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Standard Balaclava included in the package
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)
3-days guided duo snowmobiling adventure – BRP Ski-Doo 900 cc ACE 4 stroke, including gas
0$ deductible on snowmobile
Professional snowmobiling guide for the duration of your adventure (maximum 8 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.
2 hours Dogsled activity as tandem including Breifing and sled settings
Free visit of Ice Hôtel
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
Certain meals (1 lunch and 1 dinner)
Airport transfers (Montreal)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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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.