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7 Snowmobile Rides to Explore in Gaspésie
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7 Snowmobile Rides to Explore in Gaspésie

Every winter, Gaspésie attracts snowmobilers in search of abundant snow and breathtaking landscapes. Offering 3000 km (1900 mi.) of marked and groomed trails as well as snowmobile-friendly accommodations, the region is a great destination for your next snowmobile expedition! Consider including these rides in your itinerary.

Matapédia Valley Loop

2 to 3 days | 710 km (440 mi.) | loop starts and ends in Carleton-sur-Mer

During this expedition, which will take you along Trans-Québec trail #5 (TQ5) and regional trail #595, you’ll ride through a majestic valley filled with rivers, waterfalls and gorges. This ride will also take you through the Matane area, in Haute-Gaspésie, where you can admire impressive wind turbines.

Chic-Chocs Loop

1 to 2 days | 420 km (280 mi.) | loop starts and ends in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

An extension of the Appalachian mountain range, the Chic-Chocs are a must-see by snowmobile! This area is also known for its heavy snowfall. Have a great time riding this loop formed by TQ5, regional trail #597, local trail #10 and regional trail #595.

Chic-Chocs–Chaleur Bay Loop

2 to 3 days | 800 km (500 mi.) | loop starts and ends in Mont-Saint-Pierre

This ride along TQ5 and regional trails #597 and #595 will take you through the central part of the Gaspé Peninsula. It therefore includes the Chic-Choc Mountains, but also the Chaleur Bay area, further south. Your starting and finishing point, Mont-Saint-Pierre, offers incredible views of the frozen St. Lawrence!

Forillon Loop

1 to 2 days | 375 km (235 mi.) | loop starts and ends in Petite-Vallée

This loop will take you around the northeastern part of Gaspésie, near the tip of the peninsula, where you can soak up superb views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Forillon cliffs along TQ5. As you move inland (via local trail #13 and regional trail #597), you can admire up close the huge wind turbines in Murdochville!

Chic-Chocs–Forillon Loop

2 to 3 days | 800 km (500 mi.) | loop starts and ends in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

Discover the northern side of Gaspésie during this ride, which combines the Chic-Chocs and Forillon loops and includes Gaspé. You’ll appreciate the diversity of the scenery along this route, which ranges from maritime to mountainous. This ride will take you along TQ5 as well as trails #13, #597, #10 and #595.

Peninsula Loop

2 to 3 days | 800 km (500 mi.) | loop starts and ends in New Richmond

Do you dream of seeing Percé Rock trapped in ice? This ride will take you all the way to this iconic landmark and also includes a segment of the Forillon Loop and the Chaleur Bay area (TQ5 and trails #595, #10 and #597). In addition to admiring Gaspésie’s most famous natural attraction, you can visit charming villages along the way and enjoy the legendary local hospitality!

Small Tour of Gaspésie

3 to 4 days | 950 km (590 mi.) | loop starts and ends in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

If you don’t have time to ride around the entire Gaspé Peninsula but want a taste of what that would be like, this ride is for you! It will take you via TQ5 and trail #595 to many of the highlights of the region, including spectacular views of the sea, Percé Rock, and the Chic-Choc Mountains!
 

Several other ride options are available, including the Grand Tour (5 to 7 days | 1160 km / 720 mi.) which will take you around the entire Gaspé Peninsula along TQ5. For more information and options, download the Gaspésie snowmobile trail map (PDF). Happy travels!

Note that trails are listed in clockwise order, but you could obviously travel on them in the opposite direction.

Author Marie-Eve Lagacé

Originally from Gaspésie, Marie-Eve Lagacé loves both writing and her corner of the world, so she’s delighted to be able to combine these passions as the person responsible for this blog! Her favourite subjects are people, local culture and our regions’ unexpected (and sometimes unusual) treasures. Although she loves relaxing with a coffee and a good book, she also enjoys exploring new vistas and swimming with the salmon in the Matapédia River!

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