Just across the border and just about heaven, that’s Chaudière-Appalaches (pronounced: shaud-ee-air app-a-lash). Some of the most enjoyable trail riding in Canada is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River where the Chaudière River drains the Appalachian Mountains. The north slope of these ancient mountains collects and holds up to 350 inches of snow per winter, with about 150 inches on the broad river plain below.
More than 1,700 miles of superlative trails cover this cradle of the Canadian snowmobile industry, with plentiful and high-quality services found throughout the region. And this area is easily accessible via toll-free Autoroute 20 heading east from the Montreal area, or by snow trail from neighboring Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, making it exceptionally accessible from all the eastern states.
Truly outstanding scenery makes for great riding as you traverse the region on well-marked and immaculately groomed ribbons of white that are meticulously maintained by 22 clubs. The observation tower at the top of 3,008-foot tall Mount Saint-Magloire is a favorite stop. Climb the tower, and on a clear day you can see all the way from the mighty St. Lawrence River in one direction to Mount Katahdin well into Maine in another direction.
Many other awesome, scenic views are available, typically a bit off the beaten path, like one of our favorites near Saint-Paul-de-Montminy. Snowmobilers can also ride through the historic 506-foot covered bridge over the Chaudière River at Notre-Dame-des-Pins that is now reserved exclusively for recreation, and a new 360-foot suspension bridge over the river at Saint-Martin. You will also see massive sugar bush operations (maple sap collection for syrup production) and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of trail breaks at friendly local club houses. And after the day on the trails is done, you can enjoy a fabulous dinner in one of the many fine restaurants that are found throughout the region.
If you always drive past this region, make this the year that you stop here so you can spend less time on the road and more time on the trail. And if you’ve never visited Quebec before, there’s simply no where better to start than Chaudière-Appalaches. After all, it is just across the border.
To get started, contact Tourism Chaudière-Appalaches. They are ready to help you plan your exploration with trail condition reports, free snow-proof trail maps that outline suggested loop tours of the region, accommodation listings, information on package opportunities and sales of the required FCMQ trail permits with full-season, seven-day and three-day permits available.
Contact them at 888/831-4411 or go to chaudiereappalaches.com/snowmobile for more details.