Exploring Canada’s best snowmobile routes
When the mercury drops, many Canadians hunker down and crank up the heat. For others though, the winter promises adventures as they fire up their snowmobiles. Are you ready to hit the trails? Then check out the following list of some of the country’s best rides, we’ll help you with snowmobile insurance.
Quebec: The Laurentians
Quebec’s famed range is known for its mountain sports and a rich snowmobiling heritage that includes the world’s first snowmobilers’ club. The area boasts more than 2,500 km of trails and a surfeit of snow. Up, down, and any which way you look, there is a memorable ride in front of you (and a delicious meal around the bend). Rev up and enjoy.
Ontario: The Bon Echo Loop
Ontario has more than 30,000 km of snowmobile trails making up the world’s largest interconnected network. With so many options, how is one to choose? You can’t go wrong with the 232 km Bon Echo Loop which encompasses much of Ontario’s Highlands. It promises a couple days of scenic travels featuring a diverse selection of terrain.
Alberta: The Iron Horse Trail
Located in central Alberta, the Iron Horse Trail encompasses an incredible 300 km of options, from simple day trips to longer hauls that suit novices and experts alike. Historic sites, local restaurants, and plenty of snow await.
British Columbia: Chappell Creek
Your winter is looking up in Valemount, British Columbia where you will find one of the most thrilling snowmobile experiences in Canada: Chappell Creek. With an elevation of almost 2,500 metres, the view is thrilling and the snow is pristine.
Before you head out
Make sure that your equipment is ready to ride and that you have the right insurance coverage. You are required by law to hold private civil liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $500,000 to ensure compensation for any bodily injury or property damage caused by the snowmobile. This civil liability insurance is mandatory for all snowmobiles, whether ridden on a trail or not. As official insurer to the Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ), Intact Insurance offers its members coverage of $1,000,000 at a reduced rate, which is included in the price of a trail permit. Quebec residents may purchase additional coverage at very little cost. Visit the FCMQ website for details.
Wherever you wander this year, remember to ride safe. That means using the right equipment, avoiding dangerous areas, and speaking with your broker to ensure your snowmobile has the right insurance coverage. Happy trails!