The Boréal trail Behond the Monts Valin

Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Distance: 1000 km snowmobiling
Difficulty level: Sport level
Trek type: Solo
Snowmobile type: BRP skidoo Expedition GEN4 LE 900cc ACE 100hp
Including Flight from Paris $4990

Description

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

Departures and prices

Departure place Arrival place Date Price
Paris Montreal 2020-01-25 $4990
Paris Montreal 2020-02-15 $4990
Paris Montreal 2020-03-07 $4990

Program

6 days of adrenaline among the wild canadian forest .

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 - Montreal/Natural Reserve - 150 km

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.

day 3 monday - Natural Reserve/ Monts Valin - 300 km

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.

day 4 tuesday - Monts Valin / Lac Barin - 180 km

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.

day 5 wednesday- Lac Barin / Tadoussac - 230 km

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.

day 6 thursday - Tadoussac / La Malbaie - 150km

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

day7 friday - La Malbaie / Wendake - 165km

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.

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

Departure return Rate including flight from Paris Single room extra Privatised as a group of 3 snowmobiles rate Privatised as a group of 4snowmobiles rate Privatised as a group of 5 snowmobiles rate
Saturday Saturday 1 pers/skidoo 1 pers/room rate/pers rate/pers rate/pers
 Jan. 25th 2020 feb. 1st 2020 4990$cad 392$cad 5715$Cad 5365$cad 5133$cad
Feb. 15th 2020 feb. 22d 2020 4990$cad 392$cad 5715$Cad 5365$cad 5133$cad
march 7th 2020 march 14th 2020 4990$cad 392$cad 5715$Cad 5365$cad 5133$cad

The indicated rate include:

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

The indicated rate does not include:

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)

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