GVQ Travel |The great outdoors |Snowmobile
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Snowmobiling through the forest and lakes of Quebec
Guaranteed Departures for 2014
6 days / 5 nights

Discover the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions on a snowmobile! Enjoy a trip of over 660 kilometres at the heart of authentic Quebec!  Kilometre after Kilometre, you will witness the incredible beauty of the Canadian winter, its enchanting landscapes, frozen lakes and ice-covered trees. Thanks to the tracks in the snow, your guide will help you unravel the secretive world of winter wildlife and you will probably catch sight of a ruffed grouse or a white-tailed deer. Whatever happens, don’t forget your camera!

Every evening, you will enjoy the comfort of the best lodges and forest inns in the region and you will discover the warm hospitality of the Quebecois people.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL MONTREAL - LAKE TAUREAU

Airport or hotel pickup and transfer to our base camp in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, along the shore of Taureau reservoir. As soon as we leave the Saint Lawrence valley behind us, we will enter the Lanaudière region and the snow coverage will thicken as we make way to the north. You will finally arrive at the Domaine du Lac Taureau. Once you will have settled in, you will be treated to a welcome drink, a short briefing on the days to come and a tasty dinner. Sleep tight, tomorrow the adventure begins!

DAY 2: LAKE TAUREAU - DOMAINE BAZINET

After a hearty breakfast, you will receive your snowmobile equipment and will take ownership, for the duration of the raid, of your machine, a comfortable Bombardier Grand Touring snowmobile. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of how the machine operates and the safety instructions, and then… you’re off!  Snowmobiling is easy, so you will be perfectly comfortable after just a couple of kilometres. You’ll be heading south today, towards St-Zénon, a typical village nestled in the foothills of the Laurentians. Conditions permitting, you will go over the Montagne du Loup (the Wolf’s Mountain) and will have lunch at La Glacière, one of Canada’s most highly regarded snowmobile relays. You will then hit the trails again in the Sept-Chutes region and will finish the day off at the Domaine Bazinet, belonging to the Auger family who won several awards at the Grands Prix du Tourisme Québecois (Quebec's tourism awards gala).

DAY 3: DOMAINE BAZINET- MAURICIE NATIONAL PARK

This morning we head east. This leg of the trip will be longer than the previous ones as you are leaving the Lanaudière region and entering the Mauricie forest, home to loggers and log drivers and quite famous thanks to the popular singer Félix Leclerc. Depending on how fast you are and on the condition of the trails, you will either be having lunch at L’Auberge Rond or at Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc. You will then drive on through hills and mountains to the Auberge du Trappeur, at the edge of the Mauricie National Park, where you will spend the night.

DAY 4: MAURICIE NATIONAL PARK- CANADAVENTURE INN

Today, you are in for another long leg of the raid! Indeed, you will journey, from east to west, across the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve, stopping for lunch at the famous Cabanon relay, where you will most likely meet snowmobilers from all over the world. You then continue on to the Auberge CanadAventure, a lovely, cozy outfitter decorated like an old fashioned lodge. Relaxing in the outdoor Jacuzzi, communicating with the spirits of the forest in the “bear den”, all this and more awaits you here.

DAY 5: CANADAVENTURE INN - LAKE TAUREAU

You are now experienced snowmobilers…, which is why we’ve saved the best for last! Today you are snowmobiling on forest trails that will lead you to the territories of the Atikamekw Indians. Depending on how long you wish to drive and on the condition of the trails, your guide will either take you to lunch at the Lac du Repos relay or in the aboriginal village of Manawan. You will then ride back down, either via Villiers Lake or the Matawin dam, and will experience the grand finali of this trip snowmobiling off-piste on Lake Taureau. After this spectacular ride, you’re back at the Domaine du Lac Taureau where you will return both your machine and your equipment; you will be debriefed by your guide around drinks and will enjoy the last dinner of the trip with you adventure companions.

DAY 6: LAKE TAUREAU - MONTREAL AIRPORT

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Montreal, the Canadian Francophone metropolis and one of the most exciting cities in North America. The shuttle can drop you off, at your convenience, downtown, at the airport or at the hotel of your choice.

The itinerary and the daily activities are subject to change.


Important information:

Rental Agreement:
On the day of your arrival or the day after, a snowmobile rental agreement will have to be filled in. In order to do so, you will have to provide a valid driver’s license (car or motorcycle) and an international credit card (VISA or MasterCard) for the security deposit. You must carry, during the entire expedition, both your copy of the rental agreement and your driver’s license with you.

Loss and Damage Insurance:
For those of you who wish to be totally care-free regarding potential damage to the snowmobile, this additional insurance is offered when hiring your machine. This optional insurance means no deductible in the event of damage to or loss of the vehicle, or theft. It’s a good idea to invest in this complete repurchase of the excess charge, just in case...

Snowmobile:
The driver must be 21 years old, or over. The passenger must be 12, or over.
For further information regarding a snowmobile raid please click here.

Dates

Will shortly be ready for 2014. Please call for further details.

The holiday includes

  • Meet and greet in Montreal, transfer from Montreal (hotel or airport) to our base in Lake Taureau (Saint-Michel-des-Saints) and back
  • Welcome drinks upon arrival
  • Full-board, starting with dinner on day 1 through to breakfast on the last day
  • Accommodation from the first to the last day (5 nights), based on double occupancy, in the hotels, inns, chalets or outfitters mentioned in the program (or similar)
  • Accommodation tax and service fees
  • The Bombardier Grand Touring 600ACE snowmobile for the duration of the raid, the circulation permit, an automobile insurance covering Civil Responsibility for damages caused to third parties, engine oil and gas
  • A group of maximum 6 snowmobilers is guaranteed
  • All the necessary gear: helmet, insulated winter snowmobile bib and jacket, balaclava (yours to keep), gloves and boots
  • Breakdown assistance and replacement of the snowmobile in the event of mechanical problem
  • All the necessary gear in emergency situations: GPS, satellite phone, First Aid kit and survival equipment
  • The detailed road book of the expedition
  • The services of a professional snowmobiling guide for the duration of the expedition
  • The taxes (TPS and TVQ)

Not included in you Holiday

  • The drinks and any personal expenses
  • The 500 $ security deposit for the snowmobile (amount is frozen on your card but not charged)
  • The guide’s tip