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Tour Dates Tours begin on Sundays and depart weekly from 9th January until 4th March in 2018.

Quebec The first language of Quebec is French (or a Canadian version of it) therefore it is useful to have a few key French words and phrases at your disposal.

Riding a snowmobile It’s very easy and requires no special skills or special vehicle license. Speed is controlled by a thumb-activated throttle. Braking is done with one hand while steering takes place through a handle bar and aided by shifting your weight on the machine. Snowmobiling in Quebec is mostly on groomed trails and although requiring less physical effort than mountain snowmobiling when riding it is important to be in good physical shape and able to ride for 5 or 6 hours per day.

Experience Our 7 day tours are designed for beginners with little or no experience and experienced riders alike. Please contact us for more details.

Our snowmobiles Snowmobiles used for touring in Quebec are late model 600cc Bombardier machines.

Snowmobile insurance All tour prices at the time of publication include snowmobile insurance with Zero $ damage excess (excess payable may be changed by the snowmobile rental company without warning). A deposit on $CDN500 is charged (payable by credit or charge card) when you collect the snowmobile.

Travel insurance  Compulsory. Available through Snowmobilecanada.co.uk for all UK residents, please see www.bikerstravelinsurance.co.uk for information.

Flights Can be booked through Snowmobilecanada.co.uk. The starting point for our Quebec tours is Montreal which is served by scheduled services from the UK. Montreal Flight prices vary throughout the season: charter prices from the UK currently range from about £400 to £500 economy return, and scheduled fares range from about £535 upwards for economy return (taxes included), depending on the date of departure.

Transfers Airport transfers are not included in Montreal and because there is an efficient public shuttle service between the main international airport and downtown but we are happy to quote for private transfers for individuals and groups. Please ask for prices. Return group transfers by minibus are included from Montreal to the snowmobiling centre. For customers opting to spend time in Quebec City after their tour we will arrange a rail transfer back to Montreal.

Room upgrades We offer two levels of accommodation in Montreal but room upgrades are not always possible in the other tour hotels.

Pre- and Post-tour accommodation and activities Can be added at the time of booking. Additional nights in Montreal or Quebec City are very easy to add to your package. You can also extend your stay in Canada and combine your snowmobiling holiday with some skiing, snowboarding or another winter holiday or city break. Just ask us about the possibilities.

Meals Our Quebec snowmobile tours include breakfast, lunch and dinner on all riding days. Breakfast is served daily. Lunches are usually enjoyed on the trail, in local inn or in a cabin and may consist of a large sandwich, cold or hot drink, fruit, and snacks or a hot meal. On your return from a hard day’s ride, we provide a tasty dinner at your hotel or a local restaurant. Bring a rucksack or similar as some lunches maybe in the form of a picnic.

Clothing You've probably already worked out that it's going to be pretty damn cold in Canada in winter - average daytime winter temperatures range between 0 and -15 ºC in northern Quebec. So, to make sure you’re well-dressed for your adventure, we provide weatherproof snowmobiling suits to keep you nice and warm plus boots, helmet and gloves. However, we suggest you must bring your own gloves and ski goggles for fit and comfort. In very cold conditions you will have the option to upgrade to a full face helmet with heated visor to make things even more comfortable (additional charge locally). You probably won't be in your snowsuit all the time, so make sure you pack plenty of warm clothes. We suggest something along the lines of: Long cotton underclothing, or sports clothes (e.g., track suit), thick socks, fleeces, turtleneck pullovers, silk or woollen gloves, a woollen hood or scarf and hat, changes of clothing, a swimming costume, a camera, a winter coat, casual clothes and a pair of trousers/ slacks. Don’t forget your wash kit/toilet bag, sunscreen and sunglasses, camera, and national driving license. We recommend you use a large holdall, sports bag or a similar for your clothing.

Participant requirements  We advise all guests to be in reasonable physical shape. Snowmobile touring may be physically demanding depending on weather conditions. Pre-tour fitness exercises should include general aerobic work-outs, and arm, upper leg and back strengthening exercises. Riders must be 22 years or older.

Non-riding partners Partners are welcome to ride pillion on the tour and join all the other activities on tour but these tours don’t offer any other transport besides a snowmobile.

Children Please check with us regarding children on these tours.

Group incentives Discounts are possible for groups. Please ask us about your group.

Liability  In winter sports and activities certain risks are involved and therefore all participants must acknowledge this by reading and signing our booking form before travel and also a liability waiver in Canada on collection of your snowmobile. Please ensure that you take out suitable travel insurance which must include cancellation and medical insurance for motorised winter sports. H-C Travel can provide such cover.

Weather Winter weather conditions in the mountains may lead to changes in the programme, without the right to a refund.

 

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