1,400 kilometres of adventure and discovery
BY YVES OUELLET
To achieve the status of snowmobile-riding “conqueror,” you need to be driven by two clear goals: a hunger for adventure and a thirst for discovery.
It was in the vast region of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James that I discovered the principle that has guided my entire career as a snowmobiling writer. At the time, in 1990, I was following the first Harricana Raid, which crossed the whole of Québec's Mid-North region, through Chibougamau, from one Cree village to the next.
Today, you can experience a similar - though much more accessible - excursion by following the longest looped tour on the fringes of Québec's great network. Le Conquérant (the Conqueror) unrolls a fourteen-hundred-kilometre ribbon of snow, crossing the near-boundless expanse of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, skimming the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Lac-Saint-Jean regions, and revealing the unsung heights of the Mauricie.