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The well-marked and well-groomed snowmobile trails of Eastern Québec lead to incredible views! Here are 8 you can admire in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord.
1. St. Lawrence River from Saint-Fabien
The frozen St. Lawrence is a beautiful sight in winter, one that many snowmobilers take the time to stop and contemplate. One great vantage point is found in Saint-Fabien, near Rimouski. To get there, take Trans-Québec trail #5, then trail #518 and a local trail. You won’t be disappointed!
2. Lake Témiscouata
Bas-Saint-Laurent boasts magnificent winter scenery. In the Témiscouata area, you can admire the largest lake in Eastern Québec (and the second largest on the south shore of the St. Lawrence)! Take a break in the Cabano sector to soak up the view of Lake Témiscouata, accessible via Trans-Québec trail #85.
3. Matapédia Valley
One of the best views in Gaspésie is from the top of the Saint-Pierre Mountain in La Rédemption (regional trail #587 N). From there you can admire the snowy Matapédia Valley and the St. Lawrence, as well as immense wind turbines, which make the view even more impressive!
4. Percé Rock
Percé Rock, Gaspésie’s best-known natural attraction, is obviously a popular destination in the summer, but it’s no less majestic in the winter when it’s trapped in ice! For a spectacular view of this iconic landmark, follow Trans-Québec trail #5 and then the local Percé trail that leads to the top of Mt. Sainte-Anne.
5. Mt. Saint-Pierre
According to snowmobilers, the view from Mt. Saint-Pierre is one of the best in the region! From the top of this mountain, located on the north shore of the Gaspé Peninsula (Trans-Québec trail #5), admire the endless St. Lawrence on one side and the immense Chic-Choc Mountains on the other!
6. Saguenay Fjord
Whether you’re in Tadoussac or Sacré-Coeur, the views of the Saguenay Fjord will wow you! To admire this glacial valley inundated by the sea, take local trails from Trans-Québec trail #93. Note also that the Ferme 5 Étoiles holiday resort offers guided packages that will give you the opportunity to discover the best views in this area!
7. Snowmobile bridge over the Manicouagan River
Heading towards Baie-Comeau on Trans-Québec trail #3, you’ll have the opportunity to cross the Manicouagan River on the world’s highest snowmobile bridge (which is also the longest in North America)! The view from nearly 28 metres (90 feet) above the river is impressive—you’ll want to take pictures to show all your friends!
8. Sept-Îles Bay
While riding Trans-Québec trail #3 between Rivière-Pentecôte and Sept-Îles, you can enjoy several segments of the trail through the boreal forest that are particularly straight and wide. Take the time to explore the local trails in Sept-Îles and admire views of the frozen bay.
Want to see other panoramic views? Consult the snowmobile maps of our regions, all of which identify lookout points along the trails. Once you’re on your way, you’ll also realize there are even more that don’t appear on the maps! Enjoy discovering these panoramic views and have a great trip!
To inspire you and help you plan your trip, visit our Snowmobiling page.