The Northern Trail

| 7 days |1640 km (1020 mi.) | from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon

The Northern Trail, which runs along Trans-Québec trail #3 (TQ3) from Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, is ideal for snowmobilers in search of pristine wilderness and wide open spaces. From Kegaska, just east of Natashquan, snowmobiles are the only form of land transportation to Blanc-Sablon since the Lower North Shore is not linked to the rest of the coast by road. This trail is a great way to explore this coastal region and enjoy beautiful vistas of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Note: The Northern Trail suggested here incorporates the Route Blanche (White Trail) promoted by Tourisme Côte-Nord.

Travel Itinerary

65 km (40 mi.)Sacré-Coeur to Les Escoumins


Tadoussac Bay and the Saguenay Fjord are the main attractions along this trail section. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the snowy landscape.

285 km (175 mi.)Les Escoumins to Baie-Comeau


A few kilometres outside the village of Portneuf-sur-Mer, you will cross a 30-metre (100-foot) bridge over the Portneuf River. At night the effect of the lights on the bridge is magical!

Cross the Manicouagan River on the longest snowmobile bridge in North America! This bridge is 213 metres (700 feet) long and nearly 28 metres (90 feet) high—and is a favourite among snowmobilers!

315 km (195 mi.)Baie-Comeau to Sept-Îles


From Baie-Trinité, take a detour to Pointe-des-Monts to see one of North America’s oldest lighthouses. In clear weather, you can also catch a glimpse of the windmills on the other side of the St. Lawrence in Gaspésie.


Northern Challenge Trail

From Port-Cartier, adventure lovers can head north on an expedition to Fermont via a minimally marked trail that is not maintained. This 400 km (250 mi.) trail through the tundra provides access to several outfitters and is ideal for caribou observation. Keep in mind that this is an expert trail, and you must be accompanied by a certified snowmobile guide to ride it.

275 km (170 mi.)Sept-Îles to Havre-Saint-Pierre


This trail section runs along the St. Lawrence and gives you access to many charming villages.

Along the way, admire the Mingan Archipelago, whose islands have been sculpted by the sea.

235 km (145 mi.)Havre-Saint-Pierre to Kegaska


A section of the trail (between Baie-Johan-Beetz and Aguanish) is closed for 60 km (35 mi.). To plan your trip in this sector, please contact Voyages CoSte: 1-877-573-2678 or

465 km (290 mi.)Kegaska to Blanc-Sablon


From Kegaska, just east of Natashquan, snowmobiles are the only form of land transportation to Blanc-Sablon. All along the trail, you will encounter stunning winter scenery and a string of Innu, francophone and anglophone villages. Running along the coast, this trail winds through unique landscapes with numerous islands, rivers and bays. A fascinating journey awaits you in the Lower North Shore!

For a worry-free trip on the White Trail, contact Voyages CoSte to enquire about their snowmobile packages.

IMPORTANT: Before taking this trail, it is important to verify the condition with Voyages Coste at 1-877-573-2678 or Gestion Piste Info Neige at 418-726-3076. This trail is not maintained regularly.

2445 km (1520 mi.)Side Trip - Blanc-Sablon to Port-Cartier

From Blanc-Sablon, the more adventurous can loop around to Port-Cartier via Labrador. Keep in mind that this is an expert trail. Novice snowmobilers should be accompanied by a guide. For more information, consult the White Wolf Snowmobile Club website.