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Drop Your Luggage and Explore the Loop Snowmobile Trails of Bas-Saint-Laurent
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Drop Your Luggage and Explore the Loop Snowmobile Trails of Bas-Saint-Laurent

With three Trans-Québec trails (TQ5, TQ35 and TQ85) as well as numerous local and regional trails, Bas-Saint-Laurent offers endless ride opportunities for snowmobilers. A great way to explore the region is to drop your luggage in a lodging establishment and then set off to ride a loop trail for the day. Here are three ride options.

The Temiscouata Tour – 275 km (170 mi.)

The main feature of the Témiscouata area is pristine wilderness featuring majestic lakes and snowy forests. I recommend it especially if you’re staying in Pohénégamook or Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, but it’s also easily accessible from Rivière-du-Loup. The ride follows TQ85 and TQ35, as well as two regional trails, taking you along a former railway and looping around Lake Témiscouata and Lake Pohénégamook. (You’ll also get to ride over part of the latter!) Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to admire beautiful mountain landscapes and diverse wildlife.

What not to miss:

  • The deer wintering area in Pohénégamook: over 500 deer feed there in the winter!
  • TQ85 towards Lake Témiscouata, which is very straight and wide

The Kamouraska Tour – 200 km (125 mi.)

Are you looking for a leisurely ride on less busy trails? Then you’ll want to explore the Kamouraska Tour! Starting at the gateway to Bas-Saint-Laurent, this ride is perfect if you're staying between La Pocatière and Rivière-du-Loup. You’ll travel through the Kamouraska hinterland on TQ5 and TQ35 as well as on several regional trails. Boasting beautiful forest and seaside landscapes, the region is also renowned for its stunning sunsets!

What not to miss:

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

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

If you're looking for a longer ride, the Notre-Dame Mountain Tour is for you! It will take you along TQ5, TQ35 and several regional trails, through a wide variety of landscapes: forest, farmland, peat bogs, mountains, towns and villages. It’s an ideal option if you’re staying anywhere between Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski, which are at either end of the ride, or if you're on your way to Gaspésie. You’re sure to enjoy this adventure!

What not to miss:

  • Trail #518, near Trois-Pistoles, which is exceptionally wide
  • The Saint-Fabien lookout, which offers a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River and the islands in Parc national du Bic (to get there, take the local trail from trail #518)
  • The deer wintering area 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 read about snowmobile-friendly lodging on our blog. 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’s 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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