Gaspésie Self Guided Snowmobile Tour Itinerary
Total distance: 1,696 kilometres
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Notes: Toll free phone numbers are included only when they connect directly to the hotel (as opposed to an off site reservation system). TQ = Trans Quebec; RT = Regional Trail; LT = Local Trail. Trails or services may change from the time of my tour; please reconfirm info by using the contacts provided before departing.
Gaspésie Tour Day One
Trailer to Rivière-du-Loup(drive time from Greater Toronto Area: approx. 10 hours.) Where To Stay: Hotel Universel. Direct trail access from RT526. Located in sight of Highway 20 at exit 503, this is the best staging location for any Gaspésie tour. This bilingual, full service hotel has on site restaurants, bar, indoor pool & hot tub and health spa, plus secure sled garages, an enclosed sled area with video surveillance, and a gated parking compound for your vehicle and trailer. Fuel, convenience store and Ski-Doo dealer next door.
Gaspésie Tour Day Two
Rivière-du-Loup to Pointe-à-la-Croix. 430 km (about 10 hours) via TQ5/RT579/RT587/TQ5. Fuel: Rimouski, Albertville. Lunch: Albertville. Where To Stay: Gite La Maison Verte. Direct trail access from TQ5 on east side of town. Warm hospitality courtesy of André and Marie-Josée in their charming bed & breakfast with out of the way sled parking at the back. Restaurant one minute down the trail; fuel in town on local trail.
Gaspésie Tour Day Three
Pointe-à-la-Croix to New Richmond. 160 km (About 7 hours – this stay-over was added unexpectedly to the tour due to an overnight storm that slowed down this day’s riding.) via TQ5. Fuel & lunch: Carleton, New Richmond. Where To Stay: Hotel Francis. Direct trail access from TQ 5 at junction of RT595. Newly renovated lobby, bar and restaurant areas and sled parking in front of ground floor rooms. Great rooms with comfortable beds. Fuel and convenience store on TQ5 one kilometre west of hotel.
Gaspésie Tour Day Four
New Richmond to Saint-Octave-de-l’Avenir (Cap-Chat). 240 km (about 6 hours) via RT595/TQ5/local trail. Fuel: Relais La Cache; Cap-Chat. Early snack: Relais La Cache. Where To Stay: Village Grande Nature Chic-Chocs. Access via local trail located east of Cap-Chat; watch for Village Grande Nature Chic-Chocs sign. With a fabulous panoramic view of the Chic-Choc Mountains, this contemporary facility consists of a main lodge with restaurant, bar & sauna, plus cottages (some with hot tubs available). No phones or TVs in rooms.
Gaspésie Tour Day Five
Saint-Octave-de-l’Avenir (Cap-Chat) to Rivière-au-Renaud. 297 km (about 8 hours) via TQ5. Fuel: Mont Louis, Rivière-au-Renard. Lunch: Rivière-Madeleine. Where To Stay: Auberge Le Caribou. Accessed via a local trail off TQ5 (watch for hotel signs), this hotel has a central building with reception and restaurant/pub and two motel units with multiple rooms. Fuel and convenience store on same local trail.
Gaspésie Tour Day Six
Rivière-au-Renard to Murdochville. 265 km (about 8 hours) viaTQ5/RT597. Fuel: Gaspé, Grande-Rivière, Murdochville. Lunch: Grande-Rivière. Where To Stay: Hotel Copper. Turn west from TQ5 at Shell station on snow-covered main street and go to next main intersection. Hotel Copper is building on southeast corner. This well preserved older hotel an on-site restaurant/bar and sled parking in front building.
Gaspésie Tour Day Seven
Murdochville to Matane.304 km (about 8 hours) via Chamber of Commerce trail, RT595/TQ5. Fuel: Relais La Cache, Les Méchins, Matane. Lunch: Les Méchins. Where To Stay: Riotel Matane. Follow hotel signs on local trail from TQ5. Full service hotel with on site restaurant & bar, outdoor hot tub, indoor sauna and the most comfortable beds on this tour. Ask for ground floor rooms at front to park sleds outside your door. Ample parking for trucks and trailers too.
Gaspésie Tour Day Eight
Matane to Rivière-du-Loup.330 km (about 8 hours) via TQ5. Fuel: Rimouski, Trois-Pistoles. Lunch: Trois-Pistoles. Where To Stay: Hotel Universel (same as Day 1)
Gaspésie Tour Day Nine
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Riders should reconfirm the routes and services mentioned in this article as they may have changed since publication.