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Hello All,
Looking to plan a nice couple day trip to Quebec with the girlfriend this year. Looking for an area where we can set up shop for a few days in a nice hotel and do some nice day loops and decently long rides. Not sure if she's ready for a back pack trip yet.

I know there's many great areas but just wondering what you would recommend. Girlfriend is born in Montreal so language isn't an issue.

Any info is greatly appreciated.

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Seeing the ice sculptures in st come is always nicee for a day trip. Imo, the real riding is in the lac st jean region....mont valins for one.
 

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Mont-Laurier has all the modern amenities and conveniences, and is a good place to do day loops out of.
 

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Mont-Laurier has all the modern amenities and conveniences, and is a good place to do day loops out of.
Only issue other than devils mountian, theres not a whole lot in the immediate area. I guess you could take a ride east toward st donat to black mountain.
 

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I would disagree. I have ridden out of Mont-Laurier 3 separate times. Two trips were day trips, for 3 days, leaving from and returning to Mont-Laurier each day, and once was a 4 night saddle bag trip starting and ending in Mont-Laurier. Mont-Laurier has Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Arctic Cat dealers, Canadian tire, grocery store, drug store, lots of restaurants, etc.

One year, my older father and I did 150 to 200 miles day trips out of Mont-Laurier for 3 consecutive days:
  • Day One: Northwest loop to Montagne du Diable, Chutes Windigo, and lunch at the Rabaska Lodge
  • Day Two: Northeast loop to Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Day Three: Eastern loop to Lac-Nominigue and beyond
There was no shortage of restaurants and fuel along the way. And every night we returned to Mont-Laurier where there was always great hospitality.

Is Mont-Laurier the best Quebec has to offer? Probably not. But it makes a great first snowmobile trip to Quebec. Hospitality is great and most people speak English, if you at least make an initial effort to speak a small amount of Francais.
 

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I would disagree. I have ridden out of Mont-Laurier 3 separate times. Two trips were day trips, for 3 days, leaving from and returning to Mont-Laurier each day, and once was a 4 night saddle bag trip starting and ending in Mont-Laurier. Mont-Laurier has Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Arctic Cat dealers, Canadian tire, grocery store, drug store, lots of restaurants, etc.

One year, my older father and I did 150 to 200 miles day trips out of Mont-Laurier for 3 consecutive days:
  • Day One: Northwest loop to Montagne du Diable, Chutes Windigo, and lunch at the Rabaska Lodge
  • Day Two: Northeast loop to Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Day Three: Eastern loop to Lac-Nominigue and beyond
There was no shortage of restaurants and fuel along the way. And every night we returned to Mont-Laurier where there was always great hospitality.

Is Mont-Laurier the best Quebec has to offer? Probably not. But it makes a great first snowmobile trip to Quebec. Hospitality is great and most people speak English, if you at least make an initial effort to speak a small amount of Francais.
I agree if looking for places to stay, or eat. As far as sled dealers, you don't need to go far anywhere in quebec to find one. I was leaning toward place's of scenic interest. You could start in st raymond or nearby, and ride to quebec city or to the casino up there for that matter.
 

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.... and ride to quebec city or to the casino up there for that matter.
Yeah, I have been to the Mont-Laurier region 4 times now (3 times in the winter and once in the summer), and always enjoyed the region. But I would like to try something different but don't want to spend too much time in the truck getting there and want to avoid Montreal as much as possible.

Too bad Covid is making it very difficult to cross the border. Last weekend, my friend's son got married in Canada and it was a nightmare getting the Covid tests turned around well within the 72 hour window. What a PITA. Funny thing is, when he crossed back into the US, they only wanted to see his passport.
 

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Almost 60,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails here in the midwest...NO need for me to ride in Canuckland...
 

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Almost 60,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails here in the midwest...NO need for me to ride in Canuckland...
To each his own.

But after my first trip to Quebec about 5 years ago, I was kicking myself for not going sooner. When usually no one else has snow, Quebec has a lots of it, and their grooming is the best in the world. I have met several Europeans that fly over to Quebec just to snowmobile. They tell me that they choose Quebec because the groomed trail riding is second to NONE. Anyone else that I have taken up to Quebec says the same.

Mind you, certain parts of Quebec, are less than a 6 hour drive from my house.
 

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To each his own.

But after my first trip to Quebec about 5 years ago, I was kicking myself for not going sooner. When usually no one else has snow, Quebec has a lots of it, and their grooming is the best in the world. I have met several Europeans that fly over to Quebec just to snowmobile. They tell me that they choose Quebec because the groomed trail riding is second to NONE. Anyone else that I have taken up to Quebec says the same.

Mind you, certain parts of Quebec, are less than a 6 hour drive from my house.
Did my first bagger trip to Canuckland probably before you were born...maybe...Feb 1986...Eagle River, Wi to Thunder Bay, On...and back...Roundtrip 1400 miles in 8 days...Of course all 5 of us were riding yammies...Did a circle tour from Chicago around Lk Superior/Lake Michigan on my Goldwing in August 1990...Cut the canadian part of the trip short after my scoot was covered in frost when I woke up @ 6am @ the Wawa Motor Lodge....Said fuck it and rode to SSM, Mi and stayed there a few extra days...Never been impressed with canuckland...Except for the canadian babes we met on Spring Break in Daytona around 1981...They all had GOAST WHITE skin and all wore black bikini's...lol...
 

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Temiscaming (where I live) is an excellent trail hub for Ontarians, being right on the border. we have rideable snow earlier and later than many most years.
 

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My first trip to quebec of too many to recall was back in 79 with a new yamaha 440 exciter. Hardly anyone spoke english. I had some knowledge of french from previous fishing trips up there throughout the late 60's and 70's. Still it was a learning experience getting good directions as the locals seemed to love screwing us.
All in all i've covered every loop up there and then some till 2007. Some of best times were in the lac st jean/mount valins region, and worst in lanaudiere.
Imo, northwest quebec is pretty desolate place to ride, but they do have some really nice well groomed trails where you'd hardly see a sled all day.
 

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We thought this was the year we'd get back to Quebec but with the vax requirements I know my group won't be able to. The time we went, we started in St Raymond. Incredible area.
 

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All great suggestions. Seeing you will have a lady with you and mentioned a nice hotel your best bet is hands down Mont Laurier. The other suggestions are all great ideas but Mont Laurier has a fantastic restaurant selection to go out and enjoy. Several hotels have pools, dining rooms, secure parking all in the one spot. They groom every night so no bumps when you head out in the morning. Weather can affect the choice of riding you like so Mont Laurier has it all. Tight curvy slower trails for super cold days. Fast wide open rail beds and lakes for nice days as well as extremely well marked tree lined trails for extremely snowy days. Only suggestion I have is don’t hesitate book now. No matter where you go the fill up fast. Enjoy
 

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Awesome thanks for the suggestions. I will look into it and start planning and booking. Looking forward to seeing if the Quebec trails live up to all the hype!

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All great suggestions. Seeing you will have a lady with you and mentioned a nice hotel your best bet is hands down Mont Laurier. The other suggestions are all great ideas but Mont Laurier has a fantastic restaurant selection to go out and enjoy. Several hotels have pools, dining rooms, secure parking all in the one spot. They groom every night so no bumps when you head out in the morning. Weather can affect the choice of riding you like so Mont Laurier has it all. Tight curvy slower trails for super cold days. Fast wide open rail beds and lakes for nice days as well as extremely well marked tree lined trails for extremely snowy days. Only suggestion I have is don’t hesitate book now. No matter where you go the fill up fast. Enjoy
Same in the st alexis des monts west of st raymond.
 

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Awesome thanks for the suggestions. I will look into it and start planning and booking. Looking forward to seeing if the Quebec trails live up to all the hype!

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Don’t get your hopes up to high. That was my issue. Had Mind set all smooth trails. Hit lot of bumpy trails. Even during the week. Been all over Quebec the last 5 years. Hit some smooth. Some that were horrible. To point where we questioned if we want to keep going for 3 more days or ride back to truck and go home.


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Don’t hear that very often. But no dought it can happen but it’s not the norm. This is one reason I highly recommend the Mont Laurier area because they do freshen up the trails every night.
 
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