Snowmobiling in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James: A Great Escape

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Embark on a winter journey, navigating the trails on your snowmobile and challenging the horizon. Picture a vast territory, far removed from the hustle and bustle of big cities with the boreal forest stretching beneath its thick white coat. This is the snowmobiling experience in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James. A blend of magnificent landscapes, dream-inducing trails, a rich Indigenous culture, and a warm local welcome. Together, they create a unique getaway, leaving you with unforgettable memories.


At the heart of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James lies one of the longest winter seasons in Quebec, stretching from November to April. The snowmobile trails, true arteries of our boreal region, promise a thrilling driving experience with careful maintenance and vast expanses of snow that pushes the limits of excitement.

Beyond the trails, you'll immerse yourself in a world of traditions and unique encounters with the Cree Indigenous nation. The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute invites you to a deep immersion in the ancestral heritage of the land, forging an unbreakable link between adventure and cultural richness. The warm welcome of the locals is an element that will undoubtedly bring you much happiness.
Among the legendary routes, the Conqueror circuit stands out, stretching its web over 1,400 km through different regions of Quebec. This epic winter journey reveals breathtaking panoramas, safe frozen expanses of water, and pristine nature that enchants you at every turn. It's a true adventure promising you a fresh breath of freedom and adrenaline!

To be fully prepared for your next adventure, get our 2023-2025 snowmobile trail map.

Opémiska Hotel: Your Home in the Heart of Chapais

Located in Chapais, the Opémiska Hotel embodies simplicity and warmth, providing a cheerful and preserved setting inspired by nature. Recently renovated, this establishment offers a tailor-made experience for guests, particularly those arriving after a long day on their snowmobiles.

One of its undeniable advantages is its direct accessibility to Trail 93. The hotel provides apartments suitable for groups, a communal kitchen to encourage exchanges among travelers, and a complimentary continental breakfast to start your day off right.

Chapais is an ideal destination for snowmobiling enthusiasts, boasting a welcoming atmosphere, a lively snowmobiling club, and a variety of essential services nearby. In this winter wonderland, you'll lack for nothing.

Plan your adventure

Before embarking on a snowmobiling adventure in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, make sure you have the essential tools for a seamless journey. The FCMQ's iMotoneige mobile application allows you to track trails in real time, and its interactive map helps you plan routes. To fully enjoy the extensive trails across our territory, remember to purchase your mandatory access right!

Keep in mind the importance of planning for fuel autonomy, especially as some areas may be more than 250 km away from refueling stations. We recommend careful trip planning to ensure your adventure unfolds safely.

The Eeyou Istchee Baie-James region is a dream destination for snowmobiling enthusiasts. With friendly accommodation options, such as the Opémiska Hotel, you'll have the chance to experience a successful snowmobiling adventure. Get ready to grip your handlebars, feel the North wind on your face, and explore our snowy corner of the country. Happy great escape!