For Martin Blanchet, president of the Chapais Snowmobile Club, there are many reasons to go snowmobiling in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James: the length of the season, the constant and exceptional snow cover, the quality of the trails, the varied landscapes...
A seasoned snowmobiler, Martin particularly likes the Chapais-Lebel-sur-Quévillon route on the TQ93 trail, which mixes boreal forest and tundra landscapes. The trail has straight and open sections as well as more picturesque wooded areas. This allows you to slow down, take in the views, and escape like never before.
Normally, Martin takes great pleasure in driving to Oujé-Bougoumou, a Cree community next to Chapais. In Ouje-Bougoumou, the Capissisit Lodge awaits snowmobilers with a hot meal and a cozy room. The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute is a not-to-be-missed detour into the heart of the history of the Cree people and the territory they travelled through on snowmobiles.*
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cree community of Ouje-Bougoumou remains closed to visitors.
The main attraction for snowmobilers in Chapais is the relay, located at kilometer 331 on Route 113. A true meeting place for snowmobilers, the relay is renowned for its warm welcome, friendly atmosphere and comforting meals. It's the perfect place to come and warm up and chat with other snowmobile enthusiasts.*
*Note that the relay is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.