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  1. Under a cloudy sky with a little snow/-2C we made this ride yesterday January 6, 2023 in St-Zenon area through the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve starting from St-Gabriel de Brandon As a drop point we chose the parking lot of the Multifunctional Center 111 Chemin du mont Lanaudière (it's the road just past the Highschool) which is an official parking lot for trailers and the trail pass just aside. We arrived a little late and parked on the roadside in front of it. Despite the last thaw there is still a lot of snow, the conditions are good here in the field in St-Damien. Even the big hill in climbing on the mountain was nice with barely a couple browning snow spots , otherwise very good. Given the traffic there were a few bumps but it ride very well. We passed the Renard Bleu outfitter The road is plowed farther this year but has been widened and our trail is next to it. We just have to cross it a couple of times as the trail change of side otherwise it's fine. the snow cover is very good From the #23 we then took trail #350 east. After this thaw I was expecting to ride on very hard trails but no there is a good layer of loose snow on top , thick enough that the skis were not even bite the trail hard base most of the time. Very good conditions Passed the junction for the #23 towards the Cabanon we continued on the #350 towards Koubec with even better trail conditions We stopped for lunch at the Relais Koubec (Outfitter Mastigouche) It's been a while since we stopped eating there. It was very good and quick and their huge double-sided fireplace in the center of the dining room always impresses me! After the lunch break we continued in the Mastigouche reserve. I did a round trip stretch on #23 eastbound. We passed the junction for the trail to Gaston (#350 towards Lac Blanc) Before turning around and continuing on #23 westbound The section of #23 which comes to reconnect on the #345 (towards the Taureau dam) is less used and as usual it did not disappoint us with its good condition and beautiful fast sections. There had been more traffic on the #345 towards the Cabanon. The snow cover remains good even if there are a few spots of more brownish snow in the few km that leave the forest road and which had been reworked with a bulldozer just before the season. We stopped to fuel up at Auberge Le Cabanon And we went back down to our starting point via #23 trail Real Masse outfitter, which had major problems with their plumbing and water distribution system during an extended power outage (christmas storm) is not open and the trail goes straight, trail not groomed yet the #23 south of #350 was weared from traffic and was bumpy on the way back south, especially in the section maintained by St-Charles club The last section groomed by St-Gabriel club was better but the traffic had still done its job. With the announced cold and grooming, it will come back good because the snow cover is good. To summarize, the storm of December 23 had left impressive amounts of snow, the following thaw packed it down to give us a solid base for the trails and the last snow put some cream on the cake which gives very good conditions. There are still a couples of not frozen small ditches and you can still see the remains of fallen /damaged trees but the ride we did was very nice overall. Trail opening and grooming is still underway, I know that from St-Zenon or Mattawin it is possible to go to Pourvoirie Repos. Kanawata wrote their trails was open (4January) and Alliance du nord club that groom norther on the #83 state that they finished opening trails and are at grooming them. Many places in Parent/clova were starting their operations this weekend. Latuque snowmobile club also state their trails opened. With the cold announced I expect that the open trail network will continue to expand and connect rapidly in the coming days Happy 2023 season! Alain
    29 points
  2. Here is the ride we did last Sunday With the good snowfall on Friday followed by a mild temperature night, we already knew that the trails conditions would deteriorate quickly under the effect of traffic, so we postponed our departure to Sunday. We launched directly from the home in St-Thomas de Joliette on Sunday morning under a beautiful sun and a temperature of -15C. Superb winter conditions, very hard frozen groomed trail giving ideal conditions. Here on #3 towards Berthierville The wood sections were very snowy Nice encounter on this winter morning The La Chaloupe river is ok but stay in the marked trail! We continued on #3 to the east with perfect conditions Another great encounter! they weren't nervous at all, just happy to run outside In the St-Barthelemy sector where the trail get souther the snow was a little swept but on an icy base it ride very well I chose to keep #3 and go through Maskinonge village instead of #63 which goes through St-Justin. It's good but there is a section of 500' swept away where you can see the dirt. In the afternoon we came back by St-Justin on #63 instead and it's more snowy Here Ste-Ursules sector We are used to heading between #3 and #63 via St-Sévère but the Rivière du Loup that we have to cross direct on the ice is not safe yet so we opted for #63 trail We took a break on the beautiful site of the Magnan Falls in Charette The falls are usually completely frozen but this year you can still see the water flowing We continued on #63 And took the #3 towards St-Étienne And crossed the St-Maurice on the #3 at the height of La Gabelle. A few slush spots but it's marked and rides well The east side of the St-Maurice was a little rougher but still ride well and the snow cover is very good We stopped to eat at pizzeria du Lac at Lac à la Tortue near Grand-Mère. After a good meal break we left and retraced our steps on the same route with a few exceptions. Here in the area of Notre Dame du Mont-Carmel We did a pitstop in St-Étienne. Unlike past years where the trail passed in the yard between the gas station and the BRP NC dealer, the trail this year passes behind NC and you have to take a very short trail to go to gas or at NC We saw this impressive dogs team on the way back, there are 2 wide... We took a break again at the Magnan Falls in Charette but at the top of the falls this time As I said at the beginning it's rare to see the water in the falls it's usually all hard frozen We then continued west. The trail conditions had deteriorated a little since our lunch but from the fork of the #350 St-Paulin sector it became very beautiful and fast again until St-Cuthbert. Here a snow bridge not far from the village of Ste-Ursules We took the #63 to go through St-Justin, it was superb We came across the Dozer de St-Barthelemy without the drag which was at finishing some work on the trail We went through St-Norbert to come back, the trail was more bumpy from the traffic but it was ok We were back home around 4:30 p.m. with 322kms (200miles) of happiness on the meter! I know that most of you won't ride that south but the good news is that the trail network enlarge and is getting more and more connected to spread the traffic through. There are few rivers mostly along the St-Laurence river that are not ready yet. St-Maurice river is crossable but the trail on the river is not ready yet. The interactive map seems pretty accurate now on the trail condition. If we can keep getting January like temperature it will be perfect... Bye! Alain
    27 points
  3. here the ride we did Sunday January 29 under a temperature of -12C with snow Left St-Thomas near Joliette around 9:00 AM to go have a lunch at the Lac Blanc outfitter near St-Alexis des Monts. Despite the snow, the visibility in the distance was correct, we could easily see the stakes, but it was difficult to see the relief of the trail. Luckily,all trails had been freshly groomed and with the deep cold night the conditions were perfect. As usual in these snow conditions, visibility was almost perfect in the woods Since the snow had just started, we chose to do the most fields section in the morning before there were too many snow blades. Here on #3 in St-Cuthbert. This weather reminded me of when I was a kid and the school closed due to snowstorm and i was spending the day at playing in the storm. It ride extremely well, perfect trail. We went through the #63 and then took the #350 in the St-Paulin sector. To note in this sector, the gas station in the village of St-Paulin is closed on Sundays. The trail was nice and beautiful snowy scenery We arrived early around 11:15 for lunch at the Auberge du Lac-Blanc It was wise to arrive early, the service was fast and impeccable and it was more busy when we left an hour later. Although we had to come back home early for a family dinner, since it was still early we were able to stretch the ride a bit by going north on the trail à Gaston (#350 northwest). Again, very cold temperature helping, the trail was mint and the beautiful 3" layer of snow that gave a smooth ride in powder The little 900 ace is a lot of fun to ride in these mint wooded trail conditions. The snow cover is getting impressive in Lanaudière/Mauricie, in the good ones that we have had for several years We quickly pass by Koubec And went back down south via trail #345 which was perfect. We went through the Mandeville sector I was tempted to take the marked trail on Lake Maskinongé but with the snow and the wind my sweetheart was not very comfortable with my plan so we kept on the land trail The trails were a bit more rough in St-Gabriel sector but I was not surprised because I had read they had a major breakage on one of their 2 dozers at the end of the week and they only have one left to groom their entire territory. We went back down to the St-Cuthbert sector where we resumed the morning trail path to return home. There were more snow blades in the fields but it was still riding well We were quickly back home around 3:40 p.m. with 232kms of happiness on the meter The season is now with outstanding conditions and we finally have some real cold to freeze the trails and make them more solid. I expect the few rivers that were not safe yet to be ok by the end of the week with the weather forecast ahead. Gentlemen, start your engines and go!
    25 points
  4. Saddle up, Quebec open for business 😜
    21 points
  5. Beautiful sunny Sunday with winter temperatures (-15C at start around 9:30), we did this ride: a kind of Taureau reservoir loop with a fuel up at Marineau Mattawin! We parked the trailer in the parking lot of Pub 111 in St-Michel des Saints, the trail passes through the parking lot. We left a little late around 9:45 and headed off on #63 towards the Cabanon. The snow base held the thaw good but there was a bit less new snow on top around the village of St-Michel. The big slopes facing south near the village are the only place that suffered and some rock has risen to the surface and is mixed with the snow. the little snow we got today and forecast this week will help getting this spot better This pic is not very representative and unfortunately I had not a lot of photos at the start of the ride because my Gopro didn't want to cooperate and we are at testing with a new camera to replace Kristine's old Sony which is about dying(the camera 😉). You may notice some photos of a different look in my reports. We rode up to Auberge Le Cabanon and then took the #345 towards the Taureau dam. It had not been regroomed overnight and Saturday's heavy traffic day+warm weather had sculpt the trail shape! .The lady behind me was swearing into her helmeth... that's why we don't have communicators!!! We took a little break at the dam. We see that the reservoir level has started to drop down... And the water output flow is still high... We then continued on #360 east. Grooming was much better despite some bumps to watch in the curves up to #345 junction (towards Pourvoirie Lac du Repos) We then got superb, almost perfect trail conditions on the #360 up to Mattawin. I like this very panoramic section the snow cover is even much better going toward Mattawin This is one of the most beautiful section of the #360 with a fast trail along the beautiful Mattawin River. We took our usual little break at stop 440 to admire the river which is currently flowing at high flow. we then continued east... As many of you know, the M20 trail (and M21) are not done this season due to logging, which requires plowing the road of the usual route of these trails to get the wood out. Here the M20 path which is closed to snowmobiles this season The Zec Chapeau de Paille road that we usually use for the continuation of the #360 towards Marineau is also plowed, so the club made detour trail further north. It's a bit winding at the beginning especially the first miles but it quickly becomes better and then very good for the 2nd half with beautiful nice stretchs The detour joins the usual trail at the height the Zec entrance and we continue on familiar trail path To finally arrive at our refueling point around 12:45 with 93 miles on the meter After a good meal break at the auberge, we left in the opposite direction a little before 2:00 p.m. for the second half of our ride. It bugged me to not be able to film in such beautiful conditions and by dint of trying I managed to find a way to convince my gopro to stay alive in the afternoon and I finally have images in the bank for a future video. it was really good and nice ride We took a first and only break at #360/#345 junction (towards Repos) and surprisingly we had a little beggar who came to ask for his food! After all these years in Lanaudière, we have often had gray jays come in our hands, but black-capped chickadees this is the first time here. We had some last spring in Gaspésie... they may have spread the word about us!!! We then continued and once near the dam held the #360 to loop around the reservoir on the west side It was riding very well, just usual season beginning ruts to watch out for. There is a short section less than one miles where the club had started to groom the trail next to the road path where we usually pass?? The trail became even nicer from the #33 junction which had been groomed the night before. We were quickly near the Auberge du Lac Taureau and chose to cut across the Taureau reservoir to return to St-Michel. The snowmobile club had published earlier last week having marked it out after testing the ice at 15" thick. The level of the reservoir is still high enough so that the ice cover is still almost flat on the whole length, riding this was like a creamy cherry on the top of our day ride We finally got back to the trailer around 4:45 p.m. with a total of 188 miles/302kms on the meter to say it's pretty much the same distance either way of the reservoir So a 2nd great ride in the last 3 days for us which kicks off our snowmobile season this year. I expect that the trail network will continue to grow rapidly with the actual cold and snow ahead and also that the information on the interactive map will become more up to date as there are open places that are not shown on the map actually but also several other places that the clubs are at finish opening. Everything is finally falling into place for a great 2023 snowmobile season!
    20 points
  6. Here is our last ride path It is under a very cloudy sky and a little snow that we left Saturday morning around 9:00 am from Champlain (east of Trois-Rivières) to go having a lunch at La Tuque accompanied by our friend Snowcruiser. The trails were very nice at start, here in the very long straight stretch on trail #3 Once near Grand-Mère we got on the St-Maurice river... Because of the temperatures that have been too mild so far, the 28kms marked trail on the St-Maurice River north of #23 trail has not been done yet, not safe. So we made it on land through #23+#360 trails towards St-Joseph de Mekinac. For those who doesn't know, this bridge we pass under is on the #155 (road between Trois-Rivières and La Tuque) and have been closed last year during 7month after being inspected and realized it was not safe anymore!. Here we can clearly see the steel pillars and reinforcement cables that have been installed on the bridge(had just concrete before) to reopen it at the end of last summer. It is a temporary fix and a new bridge construction is supposed to start at spring 2023 and last 3 years! We passed through St-Tite The famous Rivière des Envies which took a long time to freeze is now crossable and safe just before switching onto #360 trail at the junction there was an SQ police checkpoint. I thought I would have to dig off in my pants to get all my papers out but no, we mustn't look too suspicious, we passed through in less than a minute with only a visual license plate check and a brief chat. Here just leaving, my partner Snowcruiser on his new Enduro The #360 was superb and very fast The #355 on the Gazoduc section was a little bumpy but it still ride well The next section of #355 between the junction with #351 and Lake Wayagamac was very ruff, good snow cover but just really due to be re-regroomed, Kristine had not liked it. We notice that the lack of deep cold and the general mild weather+ frequent new snow since the beginning of the season affect the grooming efficiency and trail toughness compare to what we are used to in january. We took a break under the Railway Bridge of Riviere du Milieu Past the junction south of Wayagamac lake the conditions came back correct and it was riding well Arriving in La Tuque, the trail is on the pedestrian bridge instead of the river which is not safe yet... We stopped to eat at Marineau auberge at the entrance of the city around 1:00 p.m. with 180 km on the meter It was our first ride with Snowcruiser this season and the lunch break pass like flash by chatting in very good company! We then went to refuel in town, here along the endless 30km/h zone along the airport. And here in town... We had 2 options for the return, either to retrace our steps on the #355 and then take the #351 in the Zec Tawachiche or take the #73 and do the Zec Jeannotte / Rivière à Pierre which is longer run. It is my back seat passenger who made the decision and we set off for La Jeannotte around 2:30 p.m. Here along Lake Wayagamac The jeannotte did not disappoint us even if the detour in the center was a little more bumpy, very beautiful and fast It was beautiful up to the ZEC entrance Then, the traffic of this Saturday had done its job and it was getting more rought as we went down Like an oasis in the desert, we crossed our first dozer just before Rivière à Pierre The track towards St-Raymond was ok But #353 was very rought. We took a little break at the #23 trail junction which we then took east towards St-Alban and it was really better. We had a couple more rought stretches but were also lucky enough to cross 2 more dozers on the way back. We crossed St Anne and Batiscan rivers which are both staked and safe and finally returned to our starting point around 7:30 p.m. with just over 220kms in the afternoon for a total of just over 400kms for the day. I admit that we slept very well that next night!!! So another great ride for us this season, the trail network is almost complete and the snow is here, I hope for even more cold in the next few weeks to optimize the quality/solidity of the trails. The weather forecast is really promising, hoping they will be right. Bye Alain
    19 points
  7. Albieridin

    LAC SI JEAN TRIP

    JUST FINISHED TRIP, MONDAY ROQUMONT TO DELTA VIA LETAPE ALLGOOD TUESDAY DELTA MTVALIN TACOUSAC BACK TO DELTA ALLGOOD .WEDNESDAY DELTA UP TO TOP OF LAKE TO LADORE FOR LUNCH THEN TO ROBERVAL ALL GOOD BUT AROUND TOWN OF ROBERVAL IN NEED OF SNOW.THURSDAY BACK TO ST RAYMOND VIA LAKE EDUOARD TO PIERRE ALL GOOD , ALL TRAILS IN GOOD SHAPE
    18 points
  8. Road from Cabanon to Mekoos via Manawan today trails were very good most of the way. Cabanon thru SMDS was slot car fast and smooth. 33 north was a 6 or 7. No line at Repos, they have 2 pumps now. Trail 33 from Repos to 53 was a 10 except for the washout I hit going way to fast. It is exactly 30 miles west of Repos on trail 33. 53 South was a 9. Awesome day 175 miles.
    17 points
  9. Today from Lac Failon to 100 Lacs was unreal, best I have ever hit it , no one’s riding apparently. Also there is a new warming hut before Balbuzard.
    16 points
  10. SMDS up to Windigo today, various conditions but all pretty decent early season riding . Nice lunch at Camp de Casey , Norm is no longer there but the new guy Rafael seems a excellent addition. 83 has a reroute east of Wemotaci , passing by a nice lookout over the river and village. Apparently we're the first overnight guest here at Windigo for this season Martine tells us !
    16 points
  11. The trails are as good as Jack and Sandi reported. Good to be back in Quebec and enjoying all its culture. I saw Saguenay Bill today at the club house with the two arches (Les Chevelliers). He looks great and still as sharp as a tack. He rode up from northern Maine, thru New Brunswick and into Quebec to have lunch. He has made a lot of friends in northern Maine and appears to be greatly enjoying life. mike
    15 points
  12. Yup, another beautiful day. Traffic picking up a bit but we will be long gone by the weekend. Reroutes here and there but generally well marked. Evidence of all the hard work to get trees cleared and trails opened.
    15 points
  13. Today between Cabanon and Mattawin.
    15 points
  14. 28 January Not too many early risers at Chez Ice, this AM. All good no stress, going out for a shakedown run for Snohorse he is taking the Freeride on his Freeride 850 as the Backcountry is at the doo. We had played with syncing these Sena radios last night but we are all ready to go and we got zero coms. After using radios now I find it to be like riding with my GPS, do i need it? No, once you get used to something that improves your gameplay then it’s hard to go without. Nice to communicate while rolling. just could not get all 4 together. Finally we went with 2 radios myself and mrs ice. It’s Saturday and we take no chances. . We will straighten this out tonight. Geared up we bust on out. For Saturday we were expecting a little bit of everything. And exactly what we got. 3 west near home like a Ukranian Highway after being shelled. We bailed on that after no long at all to hit the local orange trail headed for St Louis de France then on to Cap de Madeline. Not too shabby. Lets keep rolling these local trails so at Junction of 351 alongside autoroute 40 we go back up the local orange trail through St Maurice and join back with TQ3 in St Narcisse. Lots of fluff but smooth run really impressed with trails here. Some traffic but not crazy. TQ3 through St Narcisse here is best some but not terrible either. I seriously consider taking another orange local back through St Luc Vincennes to join up with 351 however we will probably return that way later so onward to the juction with local trail near St Stanislas that runs up to Relais Station in St Prosper. Been alot of traffic here. Real beat up we continue on we cross river in St Stanislas. Rough down here too but onward. Big detour as trail is rerouted to avoid completely the old Rogers Cabin. We ride on and continue down to join 351 and we go east toward St Anne de Perade. Here we pull it in to Ferme du Taurieu Microbrewery for lunch. Great lunch, my first time here we shall surely return. We bail out and hammer down for home 351 it is. Mrs Ice says she thinks she is tired of following me so i tell her have at it, I will follow you. I know she loves this run and run she does. This is goid trail here and we make time back to Cap de Madeline then on up to homebase. 80 mile ride. Got situated at home then the boys and I headed for Shawinigan Sud to eat at Shawinigan Smoked Meat. It did not disappoint. Back home and we settle in. Tomorrow we ride again local Mrs Ice has other commitments and will join us for dinner.
    14 points
  15. Day 4, snowing pretty good when we are packing up to leave SADM. Decide to see what we can get. Hit 5 and head East, few inches of snow so far, winds not so bad. 20 miles out and it’s getting deeper, starting to push hard. We pass the St Paulin relay and like reported on here it’s closed so we push on. It started getting windy snowing hard now, we come into St. Adelme and top the gas. We pull into the relay and decide to have an early lunch and figure out where to go from here. A few of the locals express how bad the storm is getting, we decide to continue to Matane and quit for the day. We leave and the drifting is getting bad, time to quit, we made the right choice. Pull into the Riotel and it’s snowing sideways. Good to be done.
    14 points
  16. At Fer Cheval now for lunch. I ordered the Chicken Caesar salad. 10 minutes after l ordered friend hands me his phone with the above on Twitter. Will report back later. Gathering napkins off table at the moment.
    14 points
  17. Todays Run: left Delta and headed for Mt Valin. In town trails all freshly groomed. Go across both bridges and take a right to head for 93. Trail went to 4/10. The quad trail that ran beside it was all freshly groomed, snowmobile trail nope. At least it was a short run to 93. Head east on 93, back to Mint conditions. All good to K31. Had lunch and a splash of fuel and off to St. Ambroise. 93 west to 328 west to 367. All good running. Did a loop in that area and then headed back to the Delta. 175 miles today. Not much traffic at all. Nice to sled mid week for sure.
    14 points
  18. Came up for a quick three day tour. Conditions are decent and the snow today is helping quite a bit. Started in Pointe a la Croix from the Interprovincial, they have built new sled garages, forgot to take a picture, I will when we get back to the truck. Ran up to Amqui the first afternoon, stayed at the Select.http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230112_165358.jpg.7f8d09ff07d349ed86fe8100990501aa.jpg Breakfast at Ste Adeleme, stopped at St Paulin which was closed. http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230113_111609.jpg.6354a7b54f2d304a5c9e8bb1e8645b85.jpghttp://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230113_121957.jpg.38a598af6f45e5640df89d7fb4cc9bc9.jpg Then stopped at Grande Nature for a break. http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230113_133617.jpg.fb3b4e01c48ddab1b6b07a3da2499a8f.jpgHeaded out without a plan, stopped mid day and called the Copper, but restaurant is closed till Jan 20, so scratch that. Ended up at the Hotel Cie in SADM.http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230113_142732.jpg.e3aaa459f88e26e18ba848985fc5d744.jpg The forecast was for 40cm, so far I would say we have got 20. Will try to update a bit more tomorrow. It is great to be riding again. http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230112_165358.jpg.7f8d09ff07d349ed86fe8100990501aa.jpg http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230113_121957.jpg.38a598af6f45e5640df89d7fb4cc9bc9.jpg http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230113_111609.jpg.6354a7b54f2d304a5c9e8bb1e8645b85.jpg http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230113_133617.jpg.fb3b4e01c48ddab1b6b07a3da2499a8f.jpg http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_01/20230113_142732.jpg.e3aaa459f88e26e18ba848985fc5d744.jpg
    14 points
  19. Left Saint Raymond and headed for L’Etape. Plenty of snow. Trails 7/10. Last groom 4-5 days ago. Fueled up and had a bite to eat and off to Mount Apica. Warmed up and had a quick drink. Trails 9/10 north of L’Etape. Took 23 north to 83 East into the Delta in Jonquiere. Trails again 9/10. Great run 197 Miles. My Girlfriend did great on the 600 Switchback. First time riding in Canada. Will try to post some pics. Oilman
    14 points
  20. 30 January 9:30 am no rush. No stress. Patience. Bust out the driveway and swing onto TQ3 est. Trails been groomed but did not show on Imotoneige on this morning’s update. This will become a discussion for later tonight. Nice smooth ride through Shawi Sud as we retrace our path from yesterday’s end of the day. We arrive on local trail back near rail yard and no dice this morning, another train blocking the crossing. Oh well back to turtle lac then to the River trail to join with 23. River smooth too. Open to go either way on 23. Marked and still closed going north to Mattawin. TQ23 through Herouxville then to St Tite. Big improvement in trail since yesterday but none was showing up as groomed on imotoneige but was definitely groomed. All the way to St Joseph de Mekinac 360 is sweet and up to join 355. We have seen a few sleds headed south then just near Train bridge a big group we pass on the road sectiom there 12 sleds easily. Trail is holding up nice and continues to deliver. Local trail to TQ73 right turn and hammer it. 73 is a slotcar track. Join back up with. The 355 headed north to Lac Edouard. Here tge trail is switched up from last year its running the quad trail almost alll the way to near Relais Trapper trail there. We continue 355 its ripping. Trail Down to get on lake is not a groomed trail so you need some patience. But the payoff is there as the lake is a beauty and snow is flat we can run here. Having fond memories of staying at Le Goeland and all the adventures there. Good times. Bypass Le Domaine and go gas at co op. Then up shortcut by post office to join 355. 355 is beautiful and we have seen 4-5 other sleds. Very peaceful today. Beautiful trail up to section where the trail is along logging road. Bit of work needed on this trail through work area. Not the best. After this section its go time ad this trail has a nice flow to it. We get near the gas at Lac Bouchette. As we head up and cross train tracks there is a loader working not far there scraping trail down to ice. Not sure but at least was not very long section torn up. We gas up and decided to stop at Auberge Eva to see what they had to offer. We have never stayed here. I never even stopped before. Always driving on through to Roberval. Or further. today we said we are stopping here. scored sweet cabin great view down to Lac and free heated garage. Homerun and super well received. We will be back. Surely.
    13 points
  21. Found an otter trail but no one home 🙂
    13 points
  22. Best trails this trip Weymetaci on the 83 to Casey turn off and the first 40 miles out of 100 Lacs towards Maniwan. Worst was the 7 miles either side of Parent.
    13 points
  23. viper2

    Gaspe Trip

    Day 3 we left Maria and decided to make a bigger day. There is weather coming with 30+ cm in some places and 70 kmh wind gusts. We stop in Nee Richmond and top the gas off then take 595 North towards LaCache. We took the local to the left at the split. Trail was fresh groomed and nice scenery. Met back up with 595 and took it to LaCache. We did a gas and go and headed for Murdochville. Tons of snow in the center trail not fresh groomed but still in good shape. We rolled into Murdochville did a gas station lunch topped the gas and headed North on 597. 597 wasn’t fresh groomed but was still good. When we hit the 5 it was groomed and we headed West. Great day for pictures and had some great views of the St. Lawrence, we rode to St. Anne Des Monts and stayed at Hotel and Cie. 256 miles for the day and again awesome trails.
    12 points
  24. quebec bob

    Why?

    The time has come for all of us , in concert with outfitters , hotels, dealerships, Bombardier, clubs, and private land owners, and FCMQ, to be proactive, and require everyone to ...Take The Pledge....with Bombardier ...as a trail pass requirement...mandatory sled stickers...no pledge sticker...no gas....spelled out plain and clear ...registration revocation and fines...sled seizure...signs at hotels and stops like Repo, etc. If we don't get proactive...we all know where this is going...and reactive isn't a place we want to be...the weather is already numbering our days...we can control everything but the weather..AND TRAIL ACCESS. Ride off trail in designated areas..or be gone. If we aren't going to be proactive and sit around complaining... we will not have much of a voice when the powers to be do sit down...and we will not like the conversation on that day. We all have a lot at stake here...this is our recreation...but for many it's their livelihood...we have 3300 members here alone...it's a good place to start...look how many stickers iceman was able to distribute playing around... we need to be on front of this now...before it's too late...and that day is coming if we do nothing...my 2 cents worth, happy trails, Bob.
    12 points
  25. We are back and here is the "Report". Some very good and some very bad but keep reading. Sandi, lets take the local trail 40 that runs along the side of auto route 20. It was groomed yesterday and should still be good. Thru the gas station next door and we cross 20 on the auto route bridge. I don't like going thru those two little tunnels under the highway. The groomer has been here and the trail is ok. A little bumpy in the dips because there isn't really enough snow to fill in all of the low spots. Sandi is running along warming up the sleds and us. In the fields there is some minor drifting and in the woods it is quite nice. Mild today. It is 20F. We pick up trail 559 and this is good too. At St Helene, the trail isn't as good going thru town. It is still in the same place but it has been blown in and it is windy today. I take the lead working thru town. Just as we leave town, there is a sign pointing straight for Club Les Loups but the stakes go to my right. I'll follow the sign even thought the trail hasn't been groomed and there is only one sled mark on it. Oh I probably shouldn't have done this. A little way in and I stop to talk with Sandi. There is a little freezing rain and Sandi doesn't like this trail breaking thing. She isn't happy. It is a little narrow to turn around here. We go a little further and come to a groomed trail. We turn right and a couple hundred feet we are back on 559. My mistake. I should have followed the red stakes. OK Sandi, you take lead. A few miles up the trail and we are at the club house. It is closed. Sandi turns left on trail 5. A few miles in and we cross a road. The groomer turned around here. This is nice. Only one sled track in front of Sandi and the trail is perfect. Sandi is off. The freezing rain has stopped and there is light snow falling. This is what I've been dreaming about all summer. Keep going Sandi. This is great. We stop at the intersection where 561 heads south to 35. 561 looks good but 5 is perfect. Sandi stays on 5 and she is running. 10 miles later and we are at the little connector to our right that hooks up with 526. Yea lets take that. 526 is perfect. ♬ Over the hills and thru the woods to grandmother's house we go. ♬ I'm in heaven!
    12 points
  26. iceman

    Riviere St Maurice

    📢OUVERTURE DE LA TQ23 SUR LE SAINT-MAURICE !📢 À la suite de PLUSIEURS vérifications de l’épaisseur de la glace, il est maintenant possible de circuler sur le sentier BALISÉ. ATTENTION : ⛔️NE PAS SORTIR DU SENTIER !⛔️ ⚠️Suivre les balises car présence de trous chauds à moins de 75 mètres du sentier balisé.⚠️ ⛔️FERMÉ : Sentier sur la rivière direction la Tuque⛔️ (encore à l’eau claire) Un GRAND merci à Location Maximum Aventure pour le prêt d’équipement et l’aide au sondage de la glace ainsi qu’à Louis Marchand pour les 4,3 km balisé.👍 📢OPENING OF THE TQ23 ON THE SAINT-MAURICE!📢 Following SEVERAL verifications of the thickness of the ice, it is now possible to travel on the MARKED trail. CAUTION: ⛔️DO NOT GO OFF THE TRAIL!⛔️ ⚠️Follow the beacons because there are hot holes within 75 meters of the marked trail.⚠️ ⛔️CLOSED: Trail on the river towards La Tuque⛔️ (still in clear water) A BIG thank you to Location Maximum Aventure for the loan of equipment and help with the ice survey as well as to Louis Marchand for the 4.3 km marked.👍
    12 points
  27. Posted today Bonjour à tous, le surfaceur est de retour dans les sentiers du 100 lacs. Tout nos connexion sont fait! Du mekoos Du Scott De la Manawan Et du Fer à Cheval vers Parent merci bienvenue a tous hello to all, the groomer is back on the trails of the 100 lakes. All our connections are done! Mekoos Scott Manawan And from Fer à Cheval to Parent thank you welcome to all
    12 points
  28. A quick trip report… We started in notre dame du nord Saturday morning. Stayed at motel coutu - decent spot with a surprisingly busy bar. Saturday made it to Amos via R-N and La Sarre. Trails were overall great - few rocks poking through here and there but nothing to worry about. Lots of traffic on trails but it was a Saturday In Amos stayed at the Atmosphere which was great. Got food delivery from Joccivano. One sled wouldn’t start in the morning but found a boost quickly (thanks!) - par for the course when -27C. Day two was to Matagami; trails were great and basically no traffic. Ate lunch at the gas station then on to Lebel sur Q and motel du lac. Trails were awesome all day with no bumps and decent snow (less than normal though). Bar/pizzeria in town was the only place to eat and had to walk there (7 mins). Good selection of bar items and decent food. Brought the sled battery in this time so no issues starting. The last day we head back to the truck in NDN via Val Dor. Trails were great for the most part there is a few sections of rough trail near La Force and some sections were more snow is needed. Overall great trip and QC never disappoints! http://quebecrider.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2023_02/3555A6B2-0FCF-4EC7-8C42-CEDA5F8ACF02.thumb.jpeg.c4d4d47d3dbd56213ed21946c586befa.jpeg
    11 points
  29. 1st time back to Canada since the covid shut down. Left out of Jackman with the plan of doing the loop around Lac Etchemin. Got to the river crossing on 75 in St Georges and found the ice not safe and the cable bridge out. Has the bridge been out long? Little disappointing that theres no bridge over a large river on a trans trail. Ended up taking 535 to 545 back to the 1st club house. Was going to grad lunch but the place was packed. Figured I do the 580 25 loop. Started out on the 580, trail was good till St Robert but snow got a little to thin for my liking. Turned back and headed home. All in all a good ride, got in a little over 200 miles. The clubs have done a great job with low snow and lack of cold weather. Looking forward to the next ride.
    11 points
  30. viper2

    Gaspe Trip

    A little late posting, but we (6 riders) left the Universal in RDL Monday morning. We took 526 to 85 to the local 44. All nice, a little thin close to town but overall good condition and coverage. We then too 544 East to St. Cyprien then continued on 571 to 546. All trails in great condition and more snow in the interior. Ended up on 35 to 5 and took that to 579 at St. Gabriel. Took that to 587 and went and checked out the radar tower. Visibility was poor so hard to get good pictures. We continued to St. Irene and took the gas there. Rode into Amqui and stayed at the Selecthotel for the night. 194 miles, trails very good and little traffic.
    11 points
  31. We get to the next intersection with local trail 40. Lets take 40 Sandi. I don't know if I want to go to the right on 526 towards Lac Phoenegamook. I know it won't be frozen yet. Sandi turns left and this is great for a mile and then it has been plowed. Not scraped to the bottom but plowed. Maybe logging? Sandi is running along and oops, here comes an empty logging truck. We pull over and let the truck go by. There is a little sand on the hills but very passable. We get to the intersection with 544. Hmm? To the left is where the logging trucks are traveling. To the right is 544 but it is not groomed. Go left Sandi. It isn't too far to 85. In just a little way and the trail splits with the logging road and runs parallel with it. This doesn't have a track on it and it was groomed last night. So sweet it is! Sandi is running know. This is the best of the best. Oh by the way, so far we have only seen two other sleds. We get to 85 and turn right and then left onto 544. This is as good as it gets. Sandi is rolling know. Plenty of snow and a perfect trail. We turn right staying on 544 instead of taking local 44. So smooth and so good. We turn left onto 565. This has been broke but isn't as nice as what we were just on. We go down the big switchback into the valley below. I'm guessing the tractor has made a few passes but hasn't brought the drag with him because of the hills. Bumpy here. This is what I meant about such different conditions. We poke along 565. The fields are pretty wind blown and now there is some dirt showing thru. No more fun. Keep on trucking. We make our way along. Some parts are hard to even see the trail. We get to trail 5 and there is the groomer. He is heading on 565 the way we just came from. I guess he is going to make it good. We turn left on 5 and in a mile or so there are three sleds with workers putting in the red stakes. They are just opening up this section of 5. In the woods it is ok. In the fields it is not ok. The wind really blows the snow off of the fields. There are areas of dirt. Not what I was expecting after what we had up in the woods. We putt our way along on 5. At the intersection with 85 to turn right to RDL, the trail becomes better. Just a few miles makes a big difference in snow cover. The rest of the way into the Universal is good. Some thin spots but good. So overall, there is good riding here and not so good. I think we are going to stay up in the woods more and away from the valley along the St Lawrence. Tomorrow I think we may run down 85 towards Cabano and Degelis or maybe go towards St Pamphile. We will see what the groomer map shows in the morning. Whether you should come up or not is your choice. I think there is enough good riding around RDL but expect to run into a few bad areas too. The forecast is for good temps but not much snow in the next seven days. The hotel is not full by any means. Breakfast is served in the conference room across from the bar. There was only one other table occupied when we ate this morning. Jack & Sandi
    11 points
  32. 14 January -9c blue sky snowed heavy all day ended about 5pm yesterday. 10-12” hard to say exactly
    11 points
  33. bonsoir !!! sure...but better with a few extra inches.....still low pics from the morning and 1 hr ago !!! jean-guy
    11 points
  34. iceman

    Team Iceman Running Free

    i am way behind on this thread i will do my best to get us all caught up. Friday 27 January Time for a little adventure and some on the fly planning. (Hence the Free part) cause we all know riding is not free. We are starting with a rough idea but nothing set solid. What we know is the players. Snohorse is back in QC, first run together since march 2020. We got NHmoose ended last season with this fine gent and mon grand chum Playhard. Missing you David. Snohorse arrived first early afternoon friday. We quickly made off for St Etienne to drop a Doo (one of his horses) off to get serviced up. The Backcountry 850 is unloaded and ready for its service appointment i set last week for Monday morning. We head back to the house next to arrive home is mrs ice. She is headed to Shawinigan Cats hockey tonight to represent. We wait for NHmoose. he rolls in about 7:30 we spend hours bullshitting. Shawinigan pulls out the win over Sherbrooke GO CATS GO We find ourselves well after midnight still going on. Tomorrow’s ride will be starting later. Oh well. Got nowhere to be and all day to get there. Very excited for mrs ice to jump in with us boys. She is very capable. Learns quickly this one does.
    10 points
  35. Past 10 days of riding the trails have been amazing. About a foot of snow since my arrival. Yesterday;s run to Moose Valley epic. Trails are very quiet weekdays. Got to try Jack's new G5 850. I am love struck. Maybe G5 600R short track in my future. Good to return to RDL after the Covid lockdown. mike
    10 points
  36. viper2

    Gaspe Trip

    Day 2 took us South and East. Left Amqui on 587. Took the local to Lac Humqui to check the trail 😂😂 actually was a wrong turn and didn’t catch it until we got there 10 miles later. Gassed there and doubled back. Took it back to 5 to Albertville. Gas was closed there, not sure if it was just because they are not open every day or if they are closed for good. Too early for clubhouse to be open so we continued on. Took a rest on the trail and had a trail side snack. Definitely not as many places open as there used to be. We went into Causapscal to top the gas should we take the cutoff after St. Marguerite. Continued on 5 and took the local cutoff to La Alverne. Trails are all awesome and again very little traffic. Met back up with 5 East and got gas at St. Omer, really thin down low and by the water. Continued on 5 and took a break at the Carleton clubhouse. Tried calling for rooms at the Francis in New Richmond but they were booked. A local guy in the clubhouse called and got us rooms in Maria at the Auberge Marchand. Instead of heading right there we went back up in the mountains and checked out the overlook then took some more of the orange trails and came out on 5 just before Maria. Found the exit off the trail 5 and headed to the hotel. It leads into a cul de sac and a plowed road. A little scratchy getting in but as we got almost to 132 a pickup truck headed towards the cul de sac flashed his lights for me to stop. Turns out it was the guy from the clubhouse who came to check on us when we didn’t get there earlier. I think he saw us go up in the mountains when we left and was worried for us. The holes is nice, the restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday but there is an IGA next door and they have a common kitchen on the 2nd floor of the hotel so we got some food and made it there.
    10 points
  37. Hi Mark, It is so good to be back up here. Wish you and Lisa were here also, you always bring good times to this special place. Riding is fantastic. When I headed north Saturday I was unsure if I would land in northern Maine or RDL. Today 5 of us made the loop over to Rimouski and then down around through Squatec and back. Plenty of snow on this loop, trails mint except may a dozen mile section with some small bumps. 220 mile day. We ate at a Tim Horton's near Rimouski. I had forgotten how good the food is there and how reasonably priced. Only saw one club house open today (3 Pistoles). Someone told me there is a famous chef doing barbecue now at the RDL club house. Supposedly he won best in world barbecue sauce recently. Some of us have rooms at the back side of the hotel. Exceptionally nice rooms and in our hallway is a day room we can use: very big screen TV, easy chairs etc. Very cozy. And great for happy hour! Joe and I (me being almost 70 and Joe right behind me) were pretty proud we kept up with the young guys today. My new PowerMadd Cobra windshield on the sled; I couldn't be happier, very warm and much more stylish over the SkiDoo tall windshield. Also added Shaper bars to the skis. Finally a Renegade that doesn't push in the corners when the snow is soft. Very happy!!! mike
    10 points
  38. So today there are three of us. JAK joined Sandi and I for the ride. The map is showing a lot of grooming. We run 85, 44, 544 and then 571 into Squatec. All of it is very nice. Most of groomed last night and a few tracks ahead of us. Just enough to give the trail a little texture for the skis. Gas and lunch in Squatec where we ate the other day. Then back on 571 south. This didn't show being groomed earlier in the week so I wanted to ride it today. It is a nice trail running the woods on the east side of Lac Temiscouata. All but 2 miles in the middle was perfect. The groomers didn't quite meet. Other than that, it was a really nice ride thru the sugar farms. In Degelis we picked up 85 north. This had a little ripple to it from the traffic. Still a fine ride. We stayed on 85 until north of the road construction above St Louis du Ha Ha. There we took 544 and 44 back to 85. A nice little bypass off of 85. Back at the Universal early enough to relax with a beverage or two. This coming week is forecast to stay below freezing but not bitter cold. A little snow coming Wed / Thu. Jack & Sandi
    10 points
  39. iceman

    Hotel Central Parent

    Hotel has been sold to a couple who are from Parent. After 22 years owned by Sylvie.
    10 points
  40. Today, Windigo to 100 Lacs. The 83 west of Wamo fresh groom since yesterday. No logging so its on the big road the whole way Parent Gouin trail looks perfect.. Thanks Jonny ! Stopped by Central in Parent.. all dark . Store in town has awesome pre-made sandwiches and hot pizza on a spinner. Works for us . Trails in and out of town topical Parent, sno cross . The 13 from the 83 intersection south moved around a bit again this season but all good . 100 lac .. full up tonight
    10 points
  41. Thanks Daredog! We get used to the skidoo, I was knowing from the beginning that the Yammy+Expert-X Boivin rear skid combo would be hard to replace and it is the case. I enjoy the 900ace touring until I encounter a rough trail section...not that the skidoo is not good and I improved it with 3 Elka shocks but the Expert-X was at the next level... The skidoo shine as for fuel usage/increase mileage range and the heated seat is a great addition that Kristine and me are both enjoying more than expected when it's very cold. I left you a small musical clip put together from this last ride image
    10 points
  42. bonsoir zrtkat !!! many thx....happy for you !!!...bienvenue !!! back in the 90's i used to go in that area very often...specially looking for moose....after the 28 miles ...can see lots of mountains...very nice area... -10c right now jean-guy
    10 points
  43. iceman

    Team Iceman Running Free

    29 January Sunday We get our 3 radios straightened out. We get out of the house not so early again. But off we go snowing lightly. TQ3 it is East this time direction Shawinigan. Trails are surprisingly very nice. Not many sleds at all so far. We cruise on up into Shawi then through Turtle Lac and try to run the local trail in St George next to the CN yard but are snookered as they are building a freight train putting the cars in order and have the crossing very blocked. Oh well, back on a near perfect trail it’s snowing for real now and we are loving every minute. I decide its 351 through Relais Station and onward to St Tite. We join with TQ23 here and so far so good light traffic and great trails. 23 to 351 and we are happy. Rolling along nicely here. Lots of evidence of all the trees they had to cut. Crazy. We love this run and today it does not disappoint. What disappoints is the condition of 355 from the 351 junction to St Joseph de Mekinac it is another Ukrainian battlefield. But gotta take the good with the bad. Barely made it to gas pump in St Joseph she sputtered on me coming into town shortcut up road to gas station did not feel like having to dump in my gas from the roto pax. I made it. Greta would love me that run just 171 km and took 36 liters. Not stellar but lots of cream cheese on trails not hatd frozen trail, St Joseph 360 back to TQ23 has held up real well. And 23 is sweet. We catch 3 sleds near Rivere Des Envies where they had all the trouble because of it not freezing early on. They let us pass. On we roll, great run back to St Georges in shawi and this time no train blocking the track we cross and return through Turtle Lac and down through Shawi Sud. Trail very good for a Sunday headed home. New snow cushions the ride. All in with around 150 miles. Time for nice dinner at home with great friends. Tomorrow we say chow bye to Mrs Ice and the kids and head of somewhere to continue this adventure. sorry no pics on this snowy day Mrs Ice is the master of photography for sure we missed her today. In more ways than one. Stay Tuned
    9 points
  44. markusvt

    Hand Signals

    🙃
    9 points
  45. Mattawin to Gouin today , all pretty decent.. 360 , 345 83 . Super nice new garage at Kanawata, The Jonny Gouin trail fresh groom.. we took the ungroomed east entrance .
    9 points
  46. 12-13 January -2c snow snow started around noon yesterday kicked in heavy overnight About 8” so far
    9 points
  47. bonsoir !!! back from a pirouette on the z e c .....very grey sky ....snowing mollo...an extra 3-4'' since yesterday -4c and getting windy on my way back !!! jean-guy
    9 points
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