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  • Birthday 01/12/1943

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    Border Riders Snowmobile Club

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    Arrowsic, Maine
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    2016 Skidoo Enduro 900
  1. What is the best way to shuttle from Levis to Quebec City? Does the ferry run in the winter and can you board it with sleds?
  2. Just got back from a route 5 loop all around the Gaspe Saturday and here is my take on conditions: Cross Point to Matane: Excellent before the weekend, Good after. Grooming once a week. Matane to St Anne: Ditto St Anne to Petit Vallee: Fair to Good at best. Trails got ahead of them and have hard bumps that are not getting groomed out. Grooming once a week. Petit Vallee to Perce: Fair to Poor. Trails are ahead of them, occassional grooming, trails not trimmed back. These clubs need help!!! Perce to Cross Point: The interstate...great. Smooth hard base and trails stay good, even with use. My advice is to avoid the northeast and head south on 595 which is always great unless there is a lot of snow.
  3. You tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine. After several trips to the Gaspe over the years there are a couple of accommodations that stand out with us. They are of the B&B variety and stand out particularly because of the people who operate them as well as the quality of their facilities. We are what you might call mature travelers between 55-65 and are looking for quiet comfortable places the stay where we can learn from the folks who run them more about the area and their life style. We started to migrate from motels and their packages to smaller B&Bs because of the great experiences we had in places like these: The Green House (La Mason Verte) at Cross Point (Point-a-la- Croix), 1-866-788-2342: We have started several trips at Cross Point and have found this place a great place to start and finish. The rooms are first rate and the living room areas in the basement suite is large enough for a group of 6-10 to congregate for the evening. This is a B&B so you have to eat dinner at a nearby restaurant or have pizza brought in. What really makes the place stand out is the owner, Andre DesRochers. He goes out of his way to make your stay memorable and your trip a great experience. He is knowledgeable of the area and has great suggestions. You can keep your vehicles in his back yard and not worry about loosing them. Even more importantly, Andre will drive your vehicle to pick you up if you have a break-down or bad weather on the trip for a moderate fee. If your leading a trip around the Gaspe, there is some real peace-of-mind knowing you have this kind of support should there be problems. We had to use Andre’s service this year and it saved us several hundred dollars. Andre’s wife, Marie makes a great unique breakfast and keeps a spotless facility. It’s our home base when we are on the Gaspe. Tranquil Acres (Les Acres Tranquilles) at Port Daniel West, 1-866-302-3491: This is a convenient place to stay about 150 miles east of Cross Point. We knew we were welcome when we hit their freshly groomed trail right to the back door and we really felt welcome when we gathered around the wood stove in their toasty kitchen. Myra and Normand Roussy have converted and old farm house into a B&B that is located right on the bay. Both of them speak fluent English and are great hosts and work hard to make you stay enjoyable. Normand is a farmer, lobsterman, barber and jack of all trades and is very knowledgeable of the area and willing to share his stories and experiences. Myra is a gracious host who runs the place and is and an excellent cook. We opted for both dinner and breakfast and are glad we did…..its like visiting old friends. Both of them have turned their facility into a showplace of their handiwork, talent and common sense. It’s worth stopping by just to tour the house and visit the animals in the barn. If you want to get a sense of what it’s like to live on the Gaspe, this is the place to stop. You don’t have to beat around back streets to get there, nor do you have to worry about locking up your sled. We envy the lifestyle of this wonderful couple.
  4. We must have been right behind you on the Gaspe and couldn't agree more about the trail conditions on the north side from Grand Vallee to Perce. It was not just poor conditions for that week, the trails have not been maintained and have gotten away from them. We are frequent Gaspe riders and have decided to avoid this area on future trips.....to bad. Something needs to be done to subsidize these remote clubs or pay for grooming by those that look at the Gaspe trail system as an integrated network. Its like driving the interstate and finding a dirt road linking sections of it.