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Snowmobiling in Côte-Nord: 5 Bridges Worth Crossing
  • Côte-Nord has many rivers you can cross with your snowmobile
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Snowmobiling in Côte-Nord: 5 Bridges Worth Crossing

A popular destination for snowmobilers, Côte-Nord has many rivers you can cross with your snowmobile, each with its own distinct characteristics. Here are five bridges you’ll ride over on your next trip from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon.

1. Bridge across the Portneuf River

A few kilometres outside the village of Portneuf-sur-Mer, snowmobile enthusiasts will enjoy crossing the bridge over the Portneuf River. About 30 metres (100 feet) long, it lights up at night, adding a touch of magic to your trip.

2. Bridge across the Betsiamites River

Just past Colombier, a snowmobile bridge will take you across the Betsiamites River, also known as Bersimis. Inaugurated in 2011, this bridge has made travel by snowmobile in this area much easier, since you previously had to take a shuttle via Route 138 to cross this river. This bridge is also appreciated for its width.

3. Bridge across the Manicouagan River

The most famous snowmobile bridge in Côte-Nord is undoubtedly the one across the Manicouagan River, which is the highest in the world! Located about halfway between Chute-aux-Outardes and Baie-Comeau, the bridge is 213 metres (700 feet) long and 28 metres (90 feet) high. Not surprisingly, crossing it is on many snowmobilers’ bucket lists!

4. Bridge across the Godbout River

Nearly 100 km (60 mi.) further east, just before the village of Godbout, Trans-Québec trail #3 will take you across the Godbout River in an area surrounded by magnificent boreal forest scenery.

5. Ice bridges on the White Trail

On the Lower North Shore, between Kegaska and Blanc-Sablon, snowmobiling is the only way to travel by land in the winter. During your ride, you’ll have the opportunity to cross many ice bridges, such as the one that will take you from Chevery to the island of Harrington Harbour, one of the most beautiful villages in Québec. Get ready for some unforgettable experiences!

Does this make you want to ride across the rivers of Côte-Nord by snowmobile this winter? Do you know other bridges that are worth the detour? Start planning your next snowmobile expedition in this region now!

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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