Made a quick loop in the Gaspesie last week. Restrictions were in place on bars and restaurants but it was not a major problem.
Started from Pointe a la Croix at the Inter-Provincial. They offered all meals through room service no issues. Trails were great right from the parking lot, everything groomed.
Sadly the Carleton clubhouse was closed, hopefully clubhouse will be allowed to reopen soon.
There has been some major trail changes between Carleton and Chandler, trails stay inland, not near as many road crossing. Also you don't drop into as many communities but there are orange trails into them.
We stayed at the Hotel Chandler the next night, food there was a disappointment. Their restaurant was closed and really had nothing set up to help guests get food. We ended up walking through the drive thru at McDonald's. Next morning we woke to 6" of fresh snow.
Headed up the 597, always an awesome trail. Had a big bush donkey walk right across the trail in front of me, sorry not quick enough with the camera. That is a donkey beside me but the one I mentioned.
Gased up in Murdochville, lady at the pumps happy to see out of province sleds starting to travel through. 597 all the way to to the TQ5 was perfect. There was a detour south of Murdochville that wasn't marked well but with more grooming and hopefully a few mores signs should be easy to navigate. Trails west on the TQ5 to Mont Saint Pierre were well groomed and marked.
Leaving MSP there has been a major reroute, only one lookout instead of 3. The trail goes through a lot of recent tree harvest areas, in fact clear cut right above this well known lookout.
Landed in Sainte Anne des Monts for a night at the Cie. I have never stayed there but tried it after Iceman mentioned it, a very nice place. Absolutely no issues with food, a good menu to order from and take back to the room. Breakfast was included in the room rate and they delivered it too the room whatever time you requested. Dusting of snow over night on the sleds.
Next morning continued west on the TQ5. A sad sight along the way, we knew it was going to be closed but still not something you don't want to see, St Paulin closed.
It was brutal cold all next two days so no pictures. Snowing and blowing hard, visibility very poor in places. Tried to get warmed up in the gas station in Ste Adeleme but they had a two customer inside limit and were not flexible. Onward we traveled, rode up the the ghost trees, did not stay there at all with a -36° wind chill. Rode to the little gas/convience/ restaurant at St Irene, the lady there let us come in drink our coffee and sit at the table for 15min. That was a really nice break on a cold day. Stayed the night at Hotel Select in Amqui, food from the restaurant was no issue here either. We had the pleasure of a visit from the most well known celebrity in the Gaspesie, Groomer. Had a great visit, thanks for stopping by Mon Ami. Left there in the morning, another very cold day and headed for the 587 back to PALC. 110 miles of freshly groomed and pretty much Virgin trails back to the TQ5. Right at the intersection the QPP had a check point set up, too cold even for them to hold us up long. Three and half days 650 miles, certianly not high mileage but a really good first run for the season.