in the past few seasons here on snow tracks I've been to Quebec almost more times than I can count the reason I really like going back every time is because each trip exceeds my expectations I always like to take somebody different and experience whatever I'm doing with a new person and then this time I chose our good friend John Arkwright John is always a good time he's entertaining he's fun to travel with and he knows more about Quebec and I think most people who live in Quebec so he was perfect guy to go along on this trip you know traveling was Luke and I have done a lot of it in the last few years is it's highly entertaining whenever we're on the road we have a great time we're talking about a million different things and you know what a lot of fun we're headed to the Charlevoix region it's about a 12 hour drive for us from where we live it's really not that difficult the highways are good and it gives you a good opportunity to experience sort of Quebec scenery before you even get on the trail we arrived at the man wash loo in the evening and I have to say I pulled up and was blown away by the class of this place I mean this place is top-notch five-star and I was a little concerned at first that you know snowmobilers staying at these high-end five-star resort type places they sometimes aren't very well accepted this place was a whole different story the Manoir Richelieu is just so opposite to anything I expected from a place like this they are overtly welcoming to snowmobilers and I personally think it's a really smart marketing strategy those are people that love the cold of the snow of the winter season so for us it's the it's for sure like it's a short value the people come here they can experience like a five-star service with not everything that we offer with it some people will think that of the they won't walk on snow Miller's totally the opposite so what we have to offer its direct access to the shallower trails from the hotel with indoor parking Eden so you can just leave your sleds right in the hotel indoor parking we're getting geared up to ride I was talking with John about what what we could expect from the trails and you know John is such a huge fan of Quebec he had nothing but positive things to say trails here are wide you know they're fast they're well-maintained they're always well maintained and despite having a little little low snow season you could tell just from the drive-in that the clubs around this area we're doing an impeccable job maintaining the trails or no you back great exiting a five-star hotel dressed completely in your snowmobile gearing is kind of a surreal experience now you're walking down these hallways with really fancy gift shops on either side in this fancy architecture and and you're just dressed to the nines and your snowmobile gear passing people who are all fancied up in their suits and ties and nobody looked at us like you were freaks we've stayed at a lot of places over the years in Quebec and the Manoir Richelieu really I mean it's an experience in itself it is a majestic place there's so much history to it and it's just hard to imagine what motel this magnitude that caters so passionately the snow ghost there's just so many hidden gems in Quebec and a poof wires in the bush and in the woods this is in lamelle Bay and it's it's it's just something so special you're there for an experience and you're gonna get a world-class prints at the Manoir issue and come back and make no mistake about it it's one of those places that you'll remember and you'll talk about it and you'll tell your friends about it it seemed like bride day one was kind of all about scenery this region is very mountainous there's lots of really big hills and steep descents on the trail you know on our first day of riding I was showing Luke some of the changes to even just coming out of the magma more originally within a mile and a half of the Manoir how they changed a lot of these trails and made them super wide and and more safer for that matter our first destination was going to be this really cool part of the trail that overlooks the town and we came upon this town and as we were approaching the town you kind of come over the edge of this mountain and drop straight down and the view is just spectacular I mean it's the view as far as the eye could see and it was kind of a neat segue into our lunch stop for the afternoon the first half of the ride day was great getting to the town of La mal Bay but we knew that the second half of this day getting to this overlook John knew it was going to be the real kind of crown jewel for our ride the trails in the area certainly didn't disappoint it in the afternoon we we had a little bit longer route laid out to get back to where we were we were gonna find this great overlook the the trails were wide again they were so well maintained that's the thing that gets me about being in Quebec is is how even in a low snow year when the conditions are less than perfect the clubs in the area managed to maintain perfect trails no matter what and I mean we hit a few bumps all during the day but certainly not enough to make you say that the trails weren't near perfect Quebec has such a wide diverse trail system I mean it's it's hard to beat it and yet here we are you know 200 some kilometers northeast of Quebec City and you're thinking that's going to be wild and wooly and it's not up here you're in a round Mel Bay and Bay st. Paul there's lots of little villages there's lots of amenities and that really what makes that such a great draw this area is that you're not you know you're not going a hundred miles between stops the black people love this filming and they're very passionate about it and because it's so passionate they've made every village and and gas station and restaurant Motel part of the system and that makes it such a great draw for the trench lender we pulled up on the side of this cliff is basically what it was and you could see all the way across the st. Lawrence we could see ice breakers out in the water and you were really right on the edge of the st. Lawrence was pretty much a straight drop down as our first day of riding was was winding down I said to Luke I said look I've got to take this dish and it's amazing and really I mean you look one way there's a st. Lawrence she looked other way there's the mountains behind you and it was scripted perfect because as the day was winding down the weather cleared up the the the sky got blue and the Sun was out and I thought perfect this is the time to go there and we went up there and it's it's the view is just that's a million-dollar view this area of Quebec is really amazing for these types of views when you're driving along the side of the st. Lawrence when you're riding along side of the st. Lawrence through these mountainous landscapes you're bound to get great views like this and certainly this this area is well known for it and it didn't disappoint after the lookout you know it was a short trip back down to Lemann wash loo and again great trails kind of scenic running along the side of the st. Lawrence back down to to sea level and we pulled back into the hotel just as evening was arriving and we were both pretty pumped about the day but we were looking forward to the special event that was planned for us on Friday – you ride day two was really what this trip is all about there's a huge festival that goes on in this area based out of Lamar rish loo it's a first of all poker run one of the largest poker runs I've ever seen based right out of the hotel you sign up inside the the Manoir all the events are centered inside the Manoir and and you leave on the trails right out of the Manoir and you ride the area and stop at checkpoints and that was what we were gonna take part in and the interesting thing about it is that of all the years I've been snowmobiling and all the things I've done I've never actually participated in a snowmobile poker runs a poker run as that's exactly what it is it's a game of poker you know you get five cards I've seen it done in many different versions this was as I expected you know you got your your cards and each checks point and there's it was just a straight-up poker game you know poker runs are all about checkpoints and you go to a checkpoint to get your you're playing card the idea I think behind it is that they plan the checkpoints so that you you have to ride the best trails of the region and and certainly that's what this poker run did when we did the the day of the poker run there it was again it was a darn cold day and windy which you expect that up and I mean when you have the st. Lawrence River there there's always seems to be wind but you know the rides a bit more of a relaxed ride yes there's lots of people riding the trails and you know again not quite as much north we used to scene there but the trails were great you know the first two or three checkpoints he stopped that took us down some spectacular trails until about lunchtime we pulled into this to this one checkpoint and it was just packed full of snowmobilers dude there was there was hundreds of people at this place all participating in this poker run all having a good time every different sledge you can imagine we went into this little kind of restaurant type Lodge thing and God look got warmed up and there was just so many people around we had to play horseshoes to get our to get our card I found though that Luke is not a great horseshoe player because I ring mine on the sec and horseshoe I didn't say much I just smiled you know I'm horrible at horseshoes so and I watched him through his horseshoes he didn't get a wild card I did I'd managed to finagle a card out of them anyway and talked him into give me the card but it was kind of fun to be out there playing games with people and even though there was a bit of a you know difference in language they still got what we were doing and we still got the point and it was a lot of fun so once I wrangled micarta to the the officials that I guess the third checkpoint we were on our way the trails there again are amazing even after having this many people on the trails all these participants in this poker run have ridden the same trails we were riding the trails were still really good we pulled into the final checkpoint which was obviously the one they wanted to save for last for a reason checkpoint 4 was really a cool checkpoint it was a big lookout overlooking the village of Clermont there was a like a great big lookout tower to the one side and you know people were congregated there taking pictures and we took pictures well there is the st. Lawrence River I can tell you that much well that's where we came from right yeah we're right over there I guess he it was a it was a cool Check Point as cool as it gets you know and everybody was standing around chit-chatting and checking the vistas out and looking you know getting taking advantage of what they were seeing right there I mean it was it was kind of a gathering place over the boom take a card let's see how we do Johnny it was beautiful and after getting the card at that checkpoint it's kind of like well does the ride have to be over can we take the long way home we finally returned to the man wash loo we had to turn in our our poker hands and I know nothing about poker so I didn't know whether I had a good hand or not turns out I had a horrible hand and John had a horrible hand too I think he'd be combined our hands we would have been pretty well set up but unfortunately separately we had nothing we came we turned in the cards anyway and had it all checked out and that was the end of the poker run and I had a really good time I can see why there's a big draw for this type of event and I think that more of more regions more places should be doing events like this to get stolen village together and to get everybody into one spot talking to each other meeting riders and exploring new areas and it was an evening of festivities and I was very pleased that Luke enjoyed himself and he looked at me says you weren't kidding me you know what this this was a party the real party let's say of this trip was was the evening entertainment after the poker rotted the man wash Luke put on hands-down the most impressive snowmobile buff a slash enter night of entertainment that I've ever been a part of John and I both agreed one of the best live bands we've ever seen I mean they covered music from every era every style they played for two hours straight and did not stop once been a lot of places I've done a lot of things I've been to a lot of events and in terms of Snowville events this one is top of my list to go back to again in the very near future you've got if you want to do something different taking this festival in this polka rally and don't go up to two days take a we can do it come in before stay after because I'll tell you what the wine downtime Wow it's just it's a phenomenal event and I I can't wait to go back again if you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more content from snotrag TV click the like button and subscribe to the snow tracks TV youtube channel

Snowmobiling in the Quebec Charlevoix Region

11 thoughts on “Snowmobiling in the Quebec Charlevoix Region

  • June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    heading out there next weekend
    tks

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Thx for these Quebec video's. They're helping us plan for our first trip there in Feb 2017. We're even trailering all the way from Yellowknife, NWT, so there's no excuse for you guys not to come up here for a broadcast and i'll be your guide to another world of snowmobiling. I'll keep asking you until you do it! BTW, I may get an early first taste of Quebec trails next month as i may be in Montreal and Richard from Passion Yamaha has offered to take me riding for 3 days. Hoping it all works out. Thx again for these vid's. Nice dancing lol

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    prolaris, yamanah, artic crap, and skidont all the brands of sleds mainly

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Everybody who like to ride are welcome here! You will love it!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    thanks for the great video guys, looks like you were getting close to New Brunswick, thats where im at

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Im so happy that you guys enjoy riding in QC! You guys are always welcome here! : D

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    added to my bucket list!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Great video loved watching it. I'm actually glad I watched it because it's something that I believe that I am going to try. Keep up the good work fellas

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