The Ultimate Guide to Snowmobiling near Québec City

Sophie Gagnon Bergeron

From Portneuf to Jacques-Cartier, Côte-de-Beaupré and Île d'Orléans, snow abounds throughout the Québec City Area. Together, the Québec City, Charlevoix and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regions feature more than 5,000 kilometres of unforgettable snowmobile trails.

Why Go Snowmobiling in the Québec City Area?

Stroll the streets of historic Old Québec, hit Grande Allée's famed nightspots, catch a show, or join in the Québec Winter Carnival fun... There's plenty to do to make your stay a memorable one.

After a day of snowmobiling, let yourself be pampered by our region's proverbial hospitality, enjoy refined cuisine, and get a wonderful night's sleep! Winter in Québec City is more than a season. It's a place where nature turns into a vast playground and the snow helps bring dreams to life.

Snowmobile Trail Map

A snowmobile trail map is an essential part of any visitor’s toolkit. See the entire trail network at a glance and start planning your adventure. The map shows how far you’ll travel, which services are available along the way, and, for longer excursions, where you can find food and overnight accommodations. There’s also a calendar of events, contact information for snowmobile clubs, and much more.

Download the map or order a copy of it.

Québec Snowmobile Pass

You must buy a permit to be on snowmobile trials in Québec. The permit gives you access to 33,000 km of trails maintained by snowmobile clubs throughout the province and is valid for one, three, or seven days. You can also buy a permit for the entire season. Liability insurance is included. Click here to buy your permit online.

Snowmobile Trail Conditions

With a whopping 400 or more centimetres of annual snowfall, the Québec City region offers perfect conditions for snowmobilers. Enjoy jaw-dropping winter landscapes as you glide over some of the best snow you’ve ever experienced. Snowmobile season kicks off as soon as there is enough snow on the ground to prevent damage to trails and snowmobiles. It usually runs from late December to early March. Check the trail conditions before you set out.

Snowmobile Tours and Rental

Hop on a snowmobile and enjoy a Québec winter to the fullest. It’s the best way to experience the great outdoors and the incredible sense of freedom that only a snowmobile can give. Choose from a variety of packages in the Québec City area. Local hotels offer excursions that include everything you need—a snowmobile, clothing, trail permits, insurance, and a guide. Head out for a few hours or the whole day and come back to the hotel to spend the night.

Feeling more adventurous? A few specialized companies, such as Stadacona and Nord Expé, offer guided excursions that span several days.

For more information and for the snowmobile trail conditions, visit the Snowmobile in Québec website.


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Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

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