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Photo : Roger St-Laurent, photographe

Top 5 – Snowmobile Rides in Gaspésie

Here are 5 snowmobile rides that will give you the opportunity to enjoy abundant snow on over 3000 km of groomed and marked trails in Gaspésie.

Motoneiges devant le Rocher percé à Percé
Percé. Photo: Roger Saint-Laurent, photographe

Grand Tour

A legendary ride, the Grand Tour of Gaspésie is 1160 km of pure joy! Follow Trans-Québec trail #5 (TQ5) all the way around the peninsula for 5 to 7 days. See the Chic-Choc Mountains, snow-covered trees, spectacular views of the sea and, of course, impressive Percé Rock. This tour is something you must experience at least once in your life!

Motoneige à Mont-Saint-Pierre
Mont-Saint-Pierre. Photo: Roger Saint-Laurent, photographe

Chic-Chocs Loop, with Forillon option

This 420-km ride takes 1 to 2 days to complete. The main attractions are the Chic-Choc Mountains and deep powder snow. You will also see Mount Nicol-Albert, moose, Murdochville and the coastal landscapes of northern Gaspésie. Starting in Saint-Paulin, the loop will take you along trail #595 to La Cache, the trail to Murdochville, trail #597 northward and then TQ5 to Mont-Saint-Pierre and back to Saint-Paulin.

You can lengthen your ride by enlarging the loop eastward to include the Forillon area. Instead of heading north from Murdochville, keep going east to Gaspé, then come back through Rivière-au-Renard and Grande-Vallée towards Mont-Saint-Pierre and back to Saint-Paulin for a total of 800 km, which will take you 2 to 3 days.

Motoneigistes sur la montagne Saint-Pierre
Montagne Saint-Pierre. Photo: Donald Bélanger

Portes de la Gaspésie (Gateway to Gaspésie Loop)

This 190-km loop is perfect for a day trip. Starting in Mont-Joli, it will take you to Saint-Damase and Sayabec via TQ5, then along trail #591 towards Saint-Irène, trail #587N to La Rédemption, trail #579 via Les Hauteurs to Saint-Gabriel-de-Rimouski and then back on TQ5 to Mont-Joli. Along the way, you can see amazing “snow ghosts” on the Saint-Pierre Mountain, wind turbines and an impressive 360° view from the top of Mount Radar.

Plateaux (Plateau Loop)

Another ride that is perfect for a day trip, the Plateau Loop is 205 km long. Departing from Causapscal, head south on TQ5, then take trail  #587S via Saint-André-de-Restigouche, Matapédia, Saint-Alexis-de-Matapédia, Saint-François-d’Assise and Albertville before returning to Causapscal. The picturesque landscapes in this area offer beautiful views of rivers and villages.

Motoneigistes dans un sentier à La Rédemption
La Rédemption. Photo: Richard Marin

Petit Tour de la Gaspésie (Small Tour of Gaspésie)

If you do not have time for the Grand Tour or have already done it and wants to try something new, the Small Tour of Gaspésie is 950 km long and can be done in 3 to 4 days.

Starting in Saint-Paulin, head eastward on TQ5 all the way to New Richmond (via Mont-Saint-Pierre, Grande-Vallée, Rivière-au-Renard, Gaspé, Percé and Chandler) before veering inland into the heart of Gaspésie via trail #595 and heading back to Saint-Paulin. The highlights of this ride include Percé Rock, spectacular views of the sea, the impressive Chic-Choc Mountains (which you will get to cross) and lots of powder snow!

Are you ready to enjoy the many snowmobile rides available in Gaspésie? Be in the loop! Plan your trip at today. #gaspesiewinter

Given the current situation, before you travel, please be sure to book your accommodations and check with tourism companies to find out how they are operating. Rest assured that local companies are following the recommended public health guidelines.

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