Quebec: Simply Unforgettable

Undoubtedly one of the greatest aspects of snowmobiling is the sense of discovery.

The feeling you get when you come upon a place you’ve never traveled to before, a place that leaves you in awe and wonderment.

Gaspese is a place that leaves an unforgettable experience forever etched in your memory and a longing desire for everyone else that you share your story with to experience themselves.

This past February, SnowTrax Television’s AJ Lester and Supertrax Magazine’s John Arkwright travelled to Gaspese to set out on their very own adventure.

For John this was a repeat visit to one of his favorite places to ride. For AJ, this was his first, and as we learned later, definitely not his last visit to the region.

With over 6000 kilometers (3750 miles) of trails, the Quebec Maritime Region is a dream come true for snowmobile enthusiasts. From the shores of the sea to the heart of the forest you are treated to one of the most diverse and unique trail systems in the world. The adventure itself often becomes overwhelming with all the picturesque sights you take in.

Their journey started in Rimouski, where they picked up the rental sleds and headed south-east towards Saint-Octave-de-l’Avenir. Marked with rolling forest trails that eventually open up to the interior mountain range.

Guests are welcomed at the Village Grande Nature Chic-Chocs where riders passing through either stay for the night or where groups of riders base their day long adventures from during a week long stay.

For these two, their stay would only be for one night as their journey was towards the Bonaventure Island and legendary Perce Rock National Park.

After getting up early to witness the spectacular sunrise overtop the mountain ranges that everyone brags about, AJ and John set out for day two of their ride for Perce.

Riding towards the National Park, you are treated to more mountainous views of the Mont-Saint- Pierre Region. Rising and falling in elevation you eventually get to the point where the horizon stretches out forever across the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence and you know you have arrived.

Looking down from the high vantage point, you bare witness to the huge sheer rock formation on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. Described by many as one of the natural wonders of the world, Percé Rock appears from a distance like a ship under sail.

Quebec is a place that leaves an unforgettable experience forever etched in your memory and a longing desire for everyone else that you share your story with to experience themselves.

With two days of remarkable trails, spectacular scenery and legendary Quebec hospitality their trip to Quebec was in a word – unforgettable!

To learn more about the riding in Quebec and to watch first hand AJ’s and John’s experience, watch episode 13 of SnowTrax Television and visit www.bonjourquebec.com/snowmobile.

Vern Putzer
Vern Putzer
Vern Putzer is the Producer of Dirt Trax TV and is also a Contributing Editor and Guest Correspondent on the show.

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