Snowmobiling

REF: PKT 4 SNOMOBWILD 5    

SNOWMOBILING IN THE WILDERNESS 5
 

PHOTOGRAPHS, DESCRIPTION AND PRICE

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

 PACKAGE 4. SNOWMOBILING IN THE WILDERNESS 5

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 SNOWMOBILING

WELL ESTABLISHED PACKAGE FOR MANY YEARS
WEEKLY DEPARTURE: MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE
EACH SUNDAY FROM LATE DECEMBER,  UNTIL EARLY APRIL.

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).

NOT NECESSARY TO HAVE PRIOR EXPERIENCE, JUST LOVE THE OUTDOORS.

VERY SMALL GROUPS ALLOW OUR FAMILY TEAM TO SHARE WITH YOU AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE IN A FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE

GROUP: MAXIMUM 5 SNOWMOBILES PER GUIDE 

Adventure SNOWMOBILING in the wilderness (off the beaten tracks)
7 days 6 nights
5 days SNOWMOBILING INCLUDES
1 GUIDE with a MAXIMUM of 5 snowmobiles

1 day introduction near to our base
4 day expedition in the forest with guide.

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

IN THE WILDERNESS, ON DEEP SNOW, MOST OF THE TIME, AWAY FROM THE POPULAR PREPARED SNOWMOBILE TRAILS.

 

GUIDES with lots of experience in coaching people in riding a snowmobile, and a thorough knowledge of the environment that they want you to discover. Members of our passionate team will share their extensive knowledge of the North: life and wilderness survival, discovery and observation of wildlife tracks, the sky with its aurora borealis, the culture of early inhabitants etc.

ADVENTURE "away from it all" GETTING CLOSE TO NATURE IN THE WILDERNESS, by riding your own snowmobile on a carpet of snow in the beautiful immense wilderness of boreal forests with frozen lakes and rivers, north of Lac Saint Jean, in northern Quebec: often under a blue sky, 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 abilities of the participants. Emphasis is placed on their progress in riding the snowmobiles, so that they become at ease and confident with them. This allows us to vary the routes, and adapt to the desires of each group. The aim is to discover snowmobiling in all of its aspects, and through all the terrains that can be encountered in the boreal forest. Our small groups allow such flexibility. Mindful of the abilities of the participants, the routes followed are designed according to two criteria: to introduce the activity over different terrains, and to explore the various aspects of the boreal forest.

 

We rarely take the prepared snowmobile trails, but go on minor forest trails and on virgin snow to cross the forest, frozen lakes and rivers, without meeting anyone, to go deep in to the heart of the forest.

We do not measure the course in kilometres or miles, but in hours of practice (more than 5 hours of riding per day), because in the forest, depending on the trail conditions (snow conditions) and the desire of the group, the distance may vary enormously. Riding a snowmobile through the forests, lakes and rivers of the Northern Region of Lac St. Jean in Quebec is accessible to all lovers of nature and adventure

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 wilderness begins. 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 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 expedition. You will ride a snowmobile for five days, in a beautiful landscape, usually in fluffy deep snow, under a variety of trees, and across frozen lakes and rivers.

DAY 2
MONDAY: SNOWMOBILING
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 on the prepared official snowmobile trails, followed by lunch in a French Canadian restaurant in a small village.

 

After lunch, you progress to riding on virgin deep snow off the beaten tracks. It is more difficult than on the official trails, and is physically demanding, as one rarely stays seated. To keep the snowmobile horizontal, you have to constantly keep the engine revving with an open throttle, while you are standing up and using the weight of your body, leaning to the left or right as required. However, with the constant encouragement and coaching of the guide, people generally succeed fairly quickly in learning the skills, before returning to the base for dinner.

During the evening, there is time to have a sauna, to go to see the wolves, and/or perhaps to take a short walk on snowshoes and/or a snow scooter, before retiring for the night.

 

DAYS 3-6 TUESDAY – FRIDAY: SNOWMOBILING EXPEDITION

DAY 3 TUESDAY:  Base to La Doré

After a copious breakfast, we leave for a FOUR day expedition on snowmobiles. The route 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.

During this second day, of snowmobiling, when you have become more adept at riding the snowmobile, we will tackle more challenging routes, in the heart of the forest. Although we go for lunch at a “relais”: (café for snowmobilers).The evening meal and overnight is at a very comfortable inn, in the forest, near the small village of La Doré.

DAY 4 WEDNESDAY: La Doré to St Henri de Taillon.
After a copious breakfast, we leave to go to St Henri de Taillon by riding across Lac St Jean: often called the inland sea, as it is wider in one place than the distance from Calais (France) to Dover (England). During the crossing, you will probably see people ice fishing. After leaving the lake, we will have lunch in a restaurant (off the tourist route). Then, continue on for dinner, bed and breakfast in the little village of St. Henry of Taillon.

DAY 5 THURSDAY: St Henry de Taillon to Camp Arka.
After a copious breakfast, we leave early to go further north, to the realm of “off-piste” snowmobiling on powdered snow, stopping for lunch en route. We have dinner and stay overnight at Camp Arka, built in the forest, near a lake: rustic but comfortable with its wood burning stove. However, as we are in the heart of the forest, we must obtain water, by breaking the ice on the lake. A sauna right next to the camp offers you a welcome respite!

DAY 6 FRIDAY: Camp Arka to our Base.
The fourth and last day of the expedition has a challenging route, which gives you the opportunity to use the skills that you have acquired, for riding a snowmobile. After stopping for lunch en route, we return to the chalet at the base, for our evening meal. During the evening, there is time to have a sauna, to go to see the wolves, and/or perhaps to take a short walk on snowshoes or a snow scooter, before retiring for the night.

DAY 7 SATURDAY: Base to Quebec City.
Depart, after a copious breakfast, for Quebec City.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS: 5 DAYS SNOWMOBILING
TRANSPORT to and from the Base Camp and Quebec City, in a minibus.

SCHEDULE

DAY 1 ARRIVE at our base.
DAY 2 SNOWMOBILING instruction near the base.
DAYS 3 - 6 SNOWMOBILING EXPEDITION

DAY 7 RETURN TO QUEBEC CITY.

ACCOMMODATION
Days 1. 2. 6. AT BASE Chalet (double rooms) warm and comfortable. Sauna at the base.
Days 3. 4. Inn/B and B

Day 5. Log cabin in the forest, with a wood burning stove.
SAUNA: at the base and the log cabin.
MEALS: (full board) DAY 2 (am). - DAY 7 (am). AT BASE Home made meals with Quebec specialities.
FOOD: Abundant and varied of the region, a way to become acquainted with the Quebec culture.

SNOWMOBILE SOLO/DUO heated handlebars, gas (petrol) oil

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

1 GUIDE with a MAXIMUM of 5 snowmobiles.

PROGRESS: ACCENT ON THE PROGRESS of our clients in handling their snowmobiles.
ITINERARY ADAPTED to the profiles of the participants and the circumstances.
ACCESS UNLIMITED to trails, snow scooters and snowshoes at the base and to our park with wolves
GUIDES: PASSIONATE professional guide(s), with an excellent knowledge of wildlife, able to offer you an experience 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: BE HEALTHY.
EXPERIENCE: 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 show the guide. To be a passenger the minimum age is 14.
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

*PRICES (Canadian)  $1900.00 (DUO) $2295.00 (SOLO)    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 4 SNOMOBWILD 5 

SNOWMOBILING IN THE WILDERNESS 5

 

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.