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Famous for abundant snowfall and a vast trail network of over 3000 kilometres (1900 miles), Gaspésie is a dream destination for snowmobilers. Follow Trans-Québec trail #5 to tour Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie or explore a multitude of regional and local trails through the heart of the peninsula. This region offers spectacular views of the St. Lawrence, some of Québec’s highest mountains (the Chic-Chocs), legendary Percé Rock and more. In addition, Gaspesians are renowned for their warm welcome. See for yourself by stopping in any of the following lodging establishments during your stay in the region.
Accessible via Trans-Québec trail #5 (TQ5) and the network of local trails in Matane, this 4-star hotel will welcome you in one of 120 renovated rooms. Snowmobilers will particularly appreciate the ones with direct access to the parking lot. In the evening, pamper yourself at the health spa (massage therapy, indoor pool, spa and sauna) and enjoy a delicious meal with a view of the St. Lawrence at the Cargo restaurant. Note that this hotel is also near the ferry that links Gaspésie to Côte-Nord.
Hôtel & Cie
Spend the night in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts at Hôtel & Cie, which offers a comfortable 4-star experience. Ideally located right in town, this hotel is within walking distance of many services, which means you can park your snowmobile for the evening and go for a stroll. If you just want a cozy night in, enjoy dinner at the La Broue dans l’Toupet restaurant, which offers a menu featuring local and regional ingredients.
Bioparc de la Gaspésie
Located in Bonaventure, the Bioparc de la Gaspésie offers 9 fully furnished cottages for snowmobilers in the winter. Follow the signs from Trans-Québec trail #5. Take advantage of a package that includes lodging, dinner at Pub Saint-Joseph and breakfast in your cottage, as well plenty of comfort, lots of bright space and a view of the sea.
Hôtel Le Francis
Located at the intersection of TQ5 and trail #595, Hôtel Le Francis is in the Chaleur Bay region. This 4-star establishment in New Richmond offers 38 rooms and two restaurants, one with a casual pub atmosphere and the other with a sophisticated urban style. (The impressive wine cellar contains over 1000 bottles!) Note that this hotel is near a gas station and two snowmobile dealerships.
Hostellerie Baie Bleue
Directly accessible from snowmobile trails, Hostellerie Baie Bleue in Carleton-sur-Mer offers 90 rooms with incredible views of Chaleur Bay. Enjoy a meal with friends at the sports pub or fine dining in the restaurant. Inquire about their special snowmobile package that includes a free drink.
Auberge La Coulée Douce
Located in Causapscal in the heart of the Matapédia Valley, Auberge La Coulée Douce welcomes you in charming country-style rooms. You will also be delighted by the restaurant that features local ingredients, including Atlantic salmon. To get there, take Trans-Québec trail #5 and follow the signs to the inn.
Parc régional de Val-d’Irène
The Val-d’Irène ski resort is also a snowmobile clubhouse for the local snowmobile club. Located in Sainte-Irène on regional trail #195, the resort offers 24 studio-style rooms as well as 8 fully equipped cottages. A parking lot reserved for snowmobilers is also available.
When you arrive in Amqui, you’ll find Auberge Beauséjour easily, since it’s only about 300 feet from the local trail. This century-old inn offers 9 unique rooms, a dining room with a friendly atmosphere as well as a general store and a chocolate shop. Their snowmobile package includes a 3-course gourmet dinner as well as a glass of their special Matapedian Kir.
Located in downtown Amqui, Auberge L’Ambassadeur appeals to snowmobilers because it’s so easy to get to via Trans-Québec trail #5 and a trail that leads straight to the hotel parking lot. On site, take advantage of the bar, the L’Ambassadeur restaurant and the spa treatments offered at Aurore Boréale Spa. A locked garage is also available for the duration of your stay.
After a long day of snowmobiling, spend a night in this hotel in Amqui where you can enjoy modern amenities, including 75 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and an indoor pool. Take TQ5 to get there as well as a local trail to the parking lot, which is lit all night and under 24-hour surveillance.
You’re now ready to plan your next snowmobile trip in Gaspésie!
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