Dogsledding & Snowmobiling

REF: PKT 3 DOGSNOMOB 5    

DOGSLEDDING  & SNOWMOBILING  (MINIMUM FOUR PEOPLE)

DESCRIPTION AND PRICE

"OVERVIEW" HAS INFORMATION FOR ALL PACKAGES, INCLUDING A WAY TO REDUCE THEIR PRICES

 

PACKAGE 3. DOGSLEDDING AND SNOWMOBILING 5                                                                                                       

 

DOG SLEDDING IN QUEBEC. SNOWMOBILING IN QUEBEC.

IN THE WILDERNESS, OFF THE BEATEN TRACK, CLOSE TO NATURE,
AWAY FROM THE STRESS OF URBAN LIFE

7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS:   5 DAYS FULL OF ACTIVITIES

2 AND A HALF DAYS DOG SLEDDING, 2 AND A HALF DAYS SNOWMOBILING
WELL ESTABLISHED PACKAGE FOR MANY YEARS

MEETING IN QUEBEC CITY SUNDAYS. RETURN TO QUEBEC CITY SATURDAYS
(or you may come to our base by car and pay a reduced price: see details below) 

Adventure: DOG SLEDDING & SNOWMOBILING
7 days 6 nights
1 GUIDE with a MAXIMUM of 4 dogsleds (teams of dogs)
1 GUIDE with a MAXIMUM of 5 snowmobiles
1 day introduction to snowmobiling and dogsledding
2 day expedition in the forest snowmobiling
2 day expedition in the forest dogsledding

MEALS: (full board) DAY 2 (am) - DAY 7 (am).  Home made meals with Quebec specialities

Adventure "away from it all" GETTING CLOSE TO NATURE IN THE WILDERNESS.
Drive your own team of dogs (minimum age 13), and a snowmobile (minimum age 18, with own car or motorcycle driving licence), on a carpet of snow in the beautiful immense wilderness of boreal forests, frozen lakes and rivers north of Lac Saint Jean, in northern Quebec, often under a blue sky, and the moon and stars at night; and sometimes the "aurora borealis" (northern lights).

 

SECURITY. We  have satellite phones

The routes are chosen to be suitable for the profiles of the participants. Emphasis is placed on their progress in driving the sled dogs and snowmobiles, so that they become at ease, and confident and autonomous with their equipment.

 

Mindful of the profiles of the participants, the routes followed are designed according to two criteria: to introduce the activities over different terrains, and to explore the various aspects of the boreal forest. For this we rarely stay on the prepared trails, but leave them to cross the forest, frozen lakes and rivers, without meeting anyone, and providing an immersion deeper in to the wilderness in the heart of the forest.

DAY 1
SUNDAY QUEBEC CITY TO THE BASE NORTH OF LAC SAINT JEAN
In the afternoon, your guide will meet you in Quebec City (airport or hotel) to take you in a minivan to the base camp. You travel to the "great north" through the immense Laurentian Fauna (animal) Reserve, having your first view of the Canadian wilderness. At the base camp, at the edge of the forest. you will find a simple warm and comfortable double room in a CHALET.

 

The base camp is north of Lake Saint Jean (Lac Saint Jean), on the edge of an immense wilderness, dotted with lakes and crossed by several rivers. There, the paved roads end, and the adventure in the wildernes begin. Awaiting you is the vast snow covered forest scattered with lakes and rivers: the great north in all of its winter glory.

At the camp, you will have a warm reception from us and the dogs, that contrasts with the cold but splendid climate of the region. You will probably be impressed by the vast snowy landscape, with the silence only broken by the welcome of barking of dogs, and the howling of wolves.

A short walk from the chalets you can observe packs of different kinds of wolves, in a very large enclosure. We would be very pleased to explain their behaviour in their hierarchical society.

The base camp is the starting point for your activities. You will drive a snowmobile, and a harness of 4/5 dogs (3 for young adolescents), in a beautiful landscape, usually in fluffy deep snow, under a variety of trees, and across frozen lakes and rivers.

 
The routes followed either by Snowmobiles or Dogs are designed according to two criteria: to introduce the activities over different terrains, and to explore the various aspects of the boreal forest. For this we rarely take the prepared trails, but go on forest trails that allow us to cross the forest, frozen lakes and rivers, without meeting anyone, and providing an immersion deeper in to the wilderness in the heart of the forest.

 

DAY 2
MONDAY - SNOWMOBILING and DOGSLEDDING. After a copious breakfast, you receive your clothing for the week: helmet, jacket, pants (trousers), boots, and gloves, and instructions on riding a SNOWMOBILE. Then, with a guide, we leave for a ride in the forest, followed by lunch in a French Canadian restaurant in a small village.

 

After lunch we return to the base for your initiation into DOG SLEDDING and the behaviour of the dogs. Then, with a guide, off to practise what you have learnt, by taking command of a team of dogs, and touring in the forest for the rest of the afternoon. Later, at the base, you can try out the snow scooters, snow rafts and/or snowshoes, and/or relax in a sauna before dinner.

DAYS 3-4
TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY: SNOWMOBILING EXPEDITION
After a copious breakfast, we leave for a two day expedition on snowmobiles. The schedule will vary from one trip to another, because of climatic conditions, snow reports, and the thickness of the ice on the lakes. We shall not stay on the prepared trails, but will go off the beaten track, into the wilderness,  on to virgin sinuous winding trails, over lakes and rivers, and sometimes in deep snow. The routes vary in distances, and some routes require more time for crossing certain parts. On routes on lakes, rivers and frozen trails, we can easily do 200 km (120 miles) each day. Each day we stop for lunch at a “relais”: (café for snowmobilists). The evening meal is at a very comfortable inn, in the forest, where we spend the night.

 

During the second day, when you will have become more adept at riding the snowmobile, we will tackle more challenging routes, in the heart of the forest, on our way back to our base, to dine and spend the night

DAYS 5-6
THURSDAY – FRIDAY: DOGSLEDDING EXPEDITION
After a copious breakfast, we leave for a two day expedition DOG SLEDDING. Driving in the wilderness, in the heart of the boreal forest, with its frozen rivers and lakes. At noon, we light a fire, have a hot meal, and enjoy a welcome rest, as do the dogs. Then, continue until early evening, when we remove the harnesses, check the dogs' legs and feet, and feed them. Also, we must break the ice on the lake, for water, collect wood and light the stove: the real life of a woodsman! You may wish to try snowshoeing to explore the “magic" northern nocturnal environment under the stars. Then, before retiring to bed, enjoy a hot meal and convivial conversation around a fire. Sleep in a TRAPPER’S (Fur Trader) type LOG CABIN, with a wood burning stove, beside a lake.

 

The next morning, after having breakfast and harnessing the dogs, we return to our base by another route, stopping for lunch in the forest, en route.

 

DAY 7

SATURDAY DEPART FOR QUEBEC CITY.
Breakfast, before being taken back to Quebec city

SCHEDULE

DAY 1 ARRIVE at our base.
DAY 2 SNOWMOBILING AND DOGSLEDDING.
DAYS 3 - 4 SNOWMOBILING EXPEDITION.
DAYS 5 - 6  DOGSLEDDING EXPEDITION

DAY 7 RETURN TO QUEBEC CITY

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES
TRANSPORT to and from the Base Camp and Quebec City, in a minibus.

ACCOMMODATION
Days 1.2.4 6. Chalet (double rooms) warm and comfortable. Sauna at the base.
Day 3. (Snowmobiling Expedition) a very comfortable inn, in the forest
Day 5. (Dogsledding Expedition) log cabin with a wood burning stove.
FOOD: Abundant and varied of the region, a way to become acquainted with the Quebec culture.

MEALS: (full board) DAY 2 (am) - DAY 7 (am) Home made meale with Quebec specialities.

SNOWMOBILE EACH with heated handlebars, gas (petrol) oil, access to trails. 
DOGSLED and a team of dogs EACH

CLOTHING: Boots,helmet, jacket, pants (trousers) gloves

PORTAGE for the DOGLSEDDING expedition: everything is transported on dog sleds.
PROGRESS: ACCENT ON THE PROGRESS of our clients in handling their snowmobiles, and their teams of dogs, in order to become at ease and ‘autonomous’ with their equipment.
ITINERARY ADAPTED to the profiles of the participants and the circumstances.
ACCESS IS UNLIMITED to trails, snow scooters and snowshoes at the base, and to our park with wolves nearby.

1 GUIDE with a MAXIMUM of 4 dogsleds (teams of dogs)
1 GUIDE with a MAXIMUM of 5 snowmobiles
GUIDES: PASSIONATE professional guide(s),with an excellent knowledge of wildlife, able to offer you an experience in the wilderness, close to nature.  Members of our professional team have extensive experience, profound knowledge of the terrain where we operate and the qualifications needed to supervise the activities proposed. They have the knowledge and tools necessary for your safety: CPR, advanced first aid in remote areas, wilderness survival, telephone, map, compass and GPS. Also, the company is part of Quebec Ecotourism and meets all of the current standards of quality and safety regulations.

CONDITIONS
HEALTH: PREGNANT WOMEN may NOT go dog sledding
EXPERIENCE is NOT necessary; you learn each activity gradually in a safe manner, in small groups, from experienced and qualified guides.
SNOWMOBILES: to drive the minimum age is 18, and he/she must have his/her OWN driving licence for a car or motorcycle, to the guide                                

HELMET: MUST BE WORN AND FULLY SECURED.
A DEDUCTIBLE of $ 2000 CAD maximum will be applied, based on the cost of any damage to your snowmobile.
THE SCHEDULE may be modified for reasons of security, weather, and/or unforeseen circumstances

NOTE: To recover from “jet lag”, it is advisable to arrive on a Saturday (or before) and spend a night or two in Quebec City, before the holiday.

 
We can suggest accommodation in Quebec City  

* PRICE $1995.00 (Canadian) ALL TAXES INCLUDED

* Reduction if you come come to our base,

If you do not want to take advantage of our shuttle service from and to Quebec City, and come  directly to our base, there will be a reduction of $175.00.There is a bus service from Montreal and Quebec to Albanel (the closest stop to our base-25 km-) where we will pick you up, and take you back free.

 

 OVERVIEW HAS INFORMATION FOR ALL PACKAGES. 

REF: PKT 3 DOGSNOMOB 5 

DOGSLEDDING & SNOWMOBILING

NOTE: STAYING IN QUEBEC CITY BEFORE AND AFTER THE HOLIDAY

When you arrange your trip to Quebec City, to recover from “jet lag”, we suggest that you spend a night or two there, so that you can relax before and after your active holiday. and enjoy seeing its attractions. Quebec City is Canada's oldest city and a World Heritage Site. This beautiful and historic capital city of the province is often called "the cradle” of French civilization. You could wander in the old part of this walled city, including the fortifications on the Plains of Abraham (site of the battle for Quebec City in 1759, between the English and the French). Then, to see more of the charms of the City, you could ride in a horse drawn carriage, and/or stroll along its cobblestone streets, where boutiques in ancient stone buildings nestle beside churches and monuments, artists sketch portraits,as you watch, and a wide variety of restaurants offer you enticing menus to dine in this French Canadian gastronomic centre.

We can suggest accommodation in Quebec City.