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Put Your Luggage Down and Set Out to Explore the Snowmobile Trails of Bas-Saint-Laurent
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Put Your Luggage Down and Set Out to Explore the Snowmobile Trails of Bas-Saint-Laurent

With three Trans-Québec trails (TQ5, TQ35, TQ85) and numerous local and regional trails, Bas-Saint-Laurent offers endless ride opportunities for snowmobilers. A great way to explore the region is to ride loop trails from the same lodging establishment. Here are three tour suggestions.

The Temiscouata Tour – 275 km (170 mi.)

The distinguishing feature of this area is its pristine nature, with majestic lakes and snowy forests. I recommend it especially if you are staying in Pohénégamook or Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, but it’s also easily accessible from Rivière-du-Loup. The tour follows TQ85 and TQ35, as well as two regional trails, taking you along a former railway and looping around Lake Témiscouata and Lake Pohénégamook, as well as right on the latter! On your way, you will appreciate beautiful mountain landscapes and diverse wildlife.

What not to miss:

  • The deer gathering in Pohénégamook: over 500 of them feed there in the winter!
  • TQ85 towards Lake Témiscouata, with its wide and straight trails.

The Kamouraska Tour – 200 km (125 mi.)

Are you looking for a leisurely-paced ride on less busy trails? This tour will undoubtedly please you. Located at the gateway of Bas-Saint-Laurent, it’s perfect if you're staying between La Pocatière and Rivière-du-Loup. You will travel through the Kamouraska hinterland on TQ5 and TQ35, and some regional trails. Boasting beautiful forested and seaside landscapes, the region is also well-known for its stunning sunsets!

What not to miss:

  • The section along the former Monk railway line, with its flat layout and wide turns.
  • The 20-km (12-mi.) segment along the St. Lawrence River between Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-André.

The Notre-Dame Mountain Tour – 425 km (265 mi.)

If you're not intimidated by long distances, this is the ride for you! It will take you on TQ5, TQ35 and several regional trails, through a great variety of landscapes: forest, farmland, peat bogs, mountains, towns and villages. It’s an ideal option if you are staying anywhere between Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski, which are at each end of the ride, or if you're on your way to Gaspésie. You will come back satisfied, with over 420 klicks on your meter!

What not to miss:

  • Trail #518, near Trois-Pistoles, known for its exceptional width!
  • The Saint-Fabien lookout and its amazing scenic views of the St. Lawrence River and the islands of Parc national du Bic (take the local trail from trail #518).
  • The deeryard near trail #546 between Squatec and Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski, near the Rimouski River.

To help you plan your stay, order the Bas-Saint-Laurent snowmobile trail map and visit this blog post for lodging ideas in Bas-Saint-Laurent. Enjoy your stay in our region!

Author Anne-Josée Pineau

Born in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Anne-Josée Pineau loves this region and is delighted to introduce others to it. Never far from the sea, she is fascinated by lighthouses and could live on seafood alone! On this blog, she likes to write about our regions’ unusual attractions, make your mouth water by describing local delicacies, and pique your interest by revealing some of the hidden beauty found in Québec by the Sea. In other words, she wants to provide you with lots of ideas for an unforgettable vacation!

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