IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Even though all checkpoints will be removed on June 9th 2020, and to make sure we protect the elderly and every vulnerable person in Eeyou Istchee, the cree communities will remain closed until further notice

To plan your stay, we highly recommend you contact our team.

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Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, Snowmobile Paradise

Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is in snowmobile mode!

 

Here, who says snow, says snowmobile! We're delighted with the first snowfalls, which means we can finally start taking out the snowmobiles, skis and snowshoes.

The reputation of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is well established: it is THE snowmobile paradise in Quebec! Hours of pleasure await you thanks to the 1100 km of wide trails maintained with care and passion. Both local and federated trails are maintained by dedicated volunteers who are, above all, passionate snowmobile enthusiasts!

Snow conditions are exceptional every year: the abundance and quality of snow make the reputation of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, from November to April. Bad snow conditions in the middle of February? We never heard of them!

And what can we say about our majestic winter landscapes? The region is a promise of a successful and out of the ordinary snowmobile ride! You will be swept away by a feeling of great freedom as soon as you get on your snowmobile. The federated trails will take you to the four corners of the boreal forest and make you discover a territory without equal.

Suggested Expeditions

The Conqueror

The Conqueror bears his name well! You will cross several magnificent regions of Quebec thanks to this long route of nearly 1400 km. Are you a fan of wide-open spaces? You will certainly be thrilled by this circuit that combines adventure, wild landscapes, and the sense of being alone in the world!

 

Beautiful Discoveries

Do you feel like going for a shorter trip? Discover the western sector of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, from Matagami to Lebel-sur-Quévillon, via our neighbor Abitibi-Témiscamingue. This 950 km circuit will take you to several towns that you will enjoy discovering.

Northern Adventure

This brand-new circuit offers you an excursion combining aboriginal culture and snowmobiling! Meet the Cree people of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James through a visit to the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou.

*Note that Cree communities, including Oujé-Bougoumou, are currently inaccessible to visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Where to stop

There are many comfortable, welcoming, and safe places in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James to stop you during your snowmobile trips! Some hotels even offer packages to simplify the organization of your stay.

Hotel Chibougamau

Located downtown Chibougamau, you will be near all services! You will enjoy a comfortable room and courteous service. The package includes a drink at the hotel bar.

 

Centre de villégiature Marina Chibougamau

Accessible directly by trail 93, the Marina Chibougamau offers an enchanting setting to relax after a day of snowmobiling! Sleep on site in one of the cottages facing Queylus Bay or simply stop to warm up in the welcome pavilion.

Hotel Motel Nordic

The Nordic offers you its ideal location for quick and direct access to the trail. The package includes continental breakfast and a parking space for your trailer. A heated garage is also available for your snowmobile. 

 

Hotel Matagami

The Hotel Matagami is the essential stop on your way! Ride your snowmobile directly to the hotel via the local trail. The warm welcome and the proximity of the services will allow you to enjoy a stay in complete tranquility and simplicity!

Hotel Opémiska

This is a favourite stopover in Chapais! Hotel Opémiska offers everything you need for a pleasant stay. Unique of its kind in the region, the hotel has different types of rooms for rent: regular or apartment style. With its shared kitchen and living room, you will feel at home.

 

Motel du Lac

This charming motel is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Quévillon and close to trail 93. The friendly and helpful staff will make your stay most enjoyable.

Events

In Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, snowmobiling is an essential part of winter life! Numerous festivals bring enthusiasts together and celebrate this unmissable activity.

The great classic? The Festival Folifrets Baie-James has been a major attraction in Chibougamau for over 50 years. Other gatherings put antique snowmobiles in the spotlight, such as the Super Rallye Minounes and the Défi polaire Baie-James.

*Please note that due to the pandemic, some events may not take place this year.

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