Here is what you have the opportunity to enjoy if you treat…

Tour of Gaspésie by snowmobile

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Tour of Gaspésie by snowmobile

Here is what you have the opportunity to enjoy if you treat yourself to a “grand tour” of the region: 1315 km of snowmobiling on the groomed and marked trails of Gaspésie!

A legendary ride, the Grand Tour of Gaspésie runs along Trans-Québec trail #5 and takes 5 to 7 days to complete. It features spectacular sea and mountain scenery as well as exceptional snow conditions. The trails are well maintained and well marked; in addition, maps are available in several locations to help you situate yourself.

Cap-Chat. Photo : CHOK Images

Mont-Joli – Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (230 km)
Starting off in Mont-Joli, you can head north on Trans-Québec trail #5. Midway between Matane and Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, you may want to stop at the snowmobile clubhouse in Saint-Paulin. The next part of the trip is one of the most spectacular, as you head towards the powder snow found in the impressive Chic-Choc Mountains! In Cap-Chat, you can admire the spinning wind turbines. Many services await you in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, including hotels and restaurants. Don’t miss this opportunity to savour northern shrimp, a specialty on the north side of the Gaspé Peninsula.

Photo : Richard Marin

Sainte-Anne-des-Monts – Gaspé (355 km)
Renowned for its magnificent landscapes, this sector offers many panoramic views of the sea, especially in Marsoui, Rivière-à-Claude, Mont-Saint-Pierre, L’Anse-Pleureuse, Rivière-Madeleine, Grande-Vallée and Rivière-au-Renard. Catch a glimpse of the superb cliffs of Forillon before arriving in Gaspé, where you can take the time to refuel, get some rest and have some fun!

Percé. Photo : Studio du Ruisseau

Gaspé – New Richmond (330 km)
You are now on your way to one of the highlights of your trip: Percé and legendary Percé Rock. To reach the heart of the village, you will have to head off Trans-Québec trail #5 onto a 20-km local trail that will take you right to Percé. Make sure you have enough gas for this 40-km round trip since you cannot refuel in the village. For an exceptional view, ride behind the church and up Mount Sainte-Anne. From the top of the mountain, the view of Percé Rock and the Gulf of St. Lawrence is breathtaking! Trans-Québec trail #5 will also take you across the huge suspension bridge in Grande-Rivière, which crosses the river of the same name. You will then ride through Chandler, Port-Daniel–Gascons, Paspébiac and Bonaventure before arriving in New Richmond. Each of these towns offers many attractions and services.

Carleton-sur-Mer. Photo : Hostellerie Baie Bleue

New Richmond – Causapscal (220 km)
The Chaleur Bay area, which boasts an increasing number of restaurants, stores, bakeries, cafés and more, offers you many opportunities to stop. If you visit the Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj, on Chaleur Bay just before you head inland towards the Matapédia Valley, take the time to go to two lookouts: the one in Pointe-à-la-Croix, which overlooks the bay and river, and the one on Mount Restigouche. You can then ride inland on Trans-Québec trail #5 to Causapscal.

Photo : CHOK Images

Causapscal – Mont-Joli (180 km)
On the way back to Mont-Joli, you will pass through Amqui, a town that offers a multitude of services, and then ride along Matapédia Lake. A snowmobile club with services is located in Sayabec, and restaurants and accommodations are available in Saint-Damase, before you end your loop ride back in Mont-Joli.

Practical information

  • Check the trail conditions  before setting off.
  • Download our snowmobile trails map to see the whole itinerary.
  • You can also do the tour counterclockwise and ride through the Matapédia Valley first.
  • If you don’t have time for the Grand Tour, there are lots of shorter rides to choose from!

Are you eager to set off on the Grand Tour? Plan your snowmobile trip in Gaspésie at tourisme-gaspesie.com/snowmobiling!

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2 Comments

  1. frank lange 5 January 2019 at 0 h 14 min

    hi i have a trip planed for the 17th of jan around gaspe is trans quebec 5 open all the way around? starting from riveire du loop and finishing there. any info on trail conditions would be very helpful .
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    1. Tourisme Gaspésie 9 January 2019 at 14 h 08 min

      Hi,
      The snowmobile trails are not open on the north side of the region. Not enough snow. You can not do the whole tour, only the Matapédia Valley and the Chaleur Bay.
      For Trails Conditions: https://motoneiges.ca/actions/showConditionsSentierFCMQ?lg=fr

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