Turn-Key Planning Itinerary For Your 3-Day Saddlebag Ride…

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec Snowmobile Snapshot is all about trails that look like this! 

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This Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec Snowmobile Snapshot is a quick overview of most everything you need to know to plan your own saddlebag ride staging out of Ville Marie, Quebec. It’s a 3-day, 850-km circle loop around a region with 3,500 km of FCMQ snowmobile Trails and an annual average snow depth of about 220 cm.

Top Tips For Riding Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec

  • Region is very bilingual.
  • For early or late season, consider moving your saddlebag staging destination farther north to lodgings with direct trail access at Amos (Amosphere Resort) or Val D’Or (Hotel Forestel, Motel Chez Vic). Note: Rouyn-Noranda has no lodgings with direct trail access. Alternatively, stage day rides from either Amos or Val D’Or.
  • Early or late season, a high miler option is to delete the more southern Ville Marie to Louvicourt ride (Day 2) and replace it with the more northern loop to Mattagami (Senneterre/Lebel-sur-Quévillon/Mattagami/Amos – 411km).
  • Make reservations well in advance for all accommodations and confirm on site truck & trailer parking at your staging hotel, especially for nights you are not staying there.
  • Good fuel & services throughout the region for worry-free riding.
  • Decent snow & trail conditions can begin before Christmas and extend to late March.
  • Always ride in Quebec with a valid FCMQ Trail Permit and mirrors on your sled.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec Snowmobile Snapshot has lots of scenery like this!

How To Access Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec By Road

Ontario to Western Abitibi-Témiscamingue

  • North Bay to Témiscaming or Ville Marie – Hwys 11/63/101
  • Temiskaming Shores (New Liskeard) to Notre-Dame du Nord – Hwys 11/65
  • Kirkland Lake to Rouyn-Noranda – Hwys 11/66/117

Quebec to Eastern Abitibi-Témiscamingue

  • Gatineau to Val D’Or – Hwys 105/117
  • Montreal to Val D’Or – Hwys 15/117

How To Access Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec By Trail

  • TQ = Trans Quebec (blue)
  • RT = Regional Trail (green)
  • Club Trail = (orange)

Ontario to Western Abitibi-Témiscamingue

  • Pembroke area to Témiscaming – TOP A to A101Q (at Rolphton) to TQ43 to TQ63
  • North Bay area to Témiscaming – A102Q to TQ63
  • Temiskaming Shores (New Liskeard) to Notre-Dame du Nord – A107Q to TQ83
  • Earlton to Notre-Dame du Nord – A108Q to TQ83
  • Kirkland Lake to Rouyn-Noranda – A110Q to TQ93

Quebec to Western Abitibi-Témiscamingue

  • Gatineau area to Témiscaming – TQ13 to TQ43
  • Mont Laurier to Ville Marie – TQ13 to RT322 to TQ63

Quebec to Eastern Abitibi-Témiscamingue

  • Mont Laurier to Val D’Or – TQ13 to RT322 to TQ63 to RT386 to TQ83 or TQ13 to TQ 83


Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec Snowmobile Itinerary


Day One: Arrival at Ville Marie

  • Drive Distance: 509 km north of Toronto
  • Lodging:  La Bannik, Ville Marie
  • Restaurant: order delivery dinner from town using menu in chalet. Light continental breakfast on site.
  • Fuel: arrive with full sled tanks and caddies
  • Road Access: Hwy 101
  • Trail Access: Local Trail to hotel west from TQ63



Day Two: Ville Marie to Louvicourt

  • Ride: Ville Marie to Louvicourt – 280 km via Club Trail/TQ63/RT303/TQ63/RT309/Club Trail around Val D’Or/TQ83/RT386 to motel
  • Point of Interest: Vue Panoramique Lac Lemoine (23 km south of Val D’Or on RT309
  • Fuel on Route: La Force RT 309), Winneway (RT 309), Val d’Or (only direct trail access: Shell north of TQ83 via club trail, then RT309 south back to 83), Louvicourt (on trail). Note: distance from La Force to Val d’Or gas 135 km; to Louvicourt gas 167 km).
  • Lunch: snacks at Winneway or restaurant in Val D’Or (at Hotel Forestel).
  • Lodging: Hotel-Motel Royal, Louvicourt (motel unit at the back, sleds parked in front of rooms)
  • Restaurant: on site for breakfast & dinner
  • Fuel: next door
  • Trail Access: Intersection of TQ83 & RT386 (cross river to motel).



Day Three: Louvrecourt to La Sarre

  • Ride: Louvicourt to La Sarre – 285 km via RT386/TQ83/Club Trail at Senneterre/TQ93/Club Trail to motel
  • Fuel on Route: Senneterre, Barrute, Amos, Poularies, La Sarre
  • Lunch: Amosphere Motel, Amos
  • Lodging: Motel Villa Mon Repos, La Sarre
  • Restaurant: Boston Pizza on site for breakfast & dinner
  • Fuel: Sergaz at south end of town just south of TQ93 west, across the road from Dimension Expedition Ski-Doo dealer
  • Trail Access: TQ93 to west side of town / club trail eastbound ends several blocks north of hotel)



Day Four: La Sarre to Ville Marie

  • Ride: La Sarre to Ville Marie – 293 km via Club Trail/TQ93/TQ83/RT306/TQ63/Club Trail/TQ63/Club Trail to motel
  • Points of Interest:  Vue Panoramique Lac Abitibi (19 km south of La Sarre on TQ93), Covered Bridge (5 km east on TQ63 from intersection of TQ83 & TQ63) & Vue Panoramique (13 km east on TQ63 from intersection of TQ83 & TQ63), Vue Panoramique Lac Témiscamingue (7 km north on local trail north of Ville Marie west of intersection of TQ63)
  • Fuel on Route: Rouyn-Noranda (Petrocan where TQ93 crosses Hwy 101), Arntfield (TQ83 south after intersection with TQ93), Rollet, Guérin, Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Ville Marie
  • Lunch: Arntfield (TQ83 south after intersection with TQ93), Rollet, Guérin
  • Lodging: La Bannik
  • Restaurant: order delivery dinner from town using menu in chalet. Light continental breakfast on site.
  • Trail Access: Local trail to hotel west from TQ63


Day Five – Departure For Wherever Home Is

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec Snowmobile Dealers

  • Amos: Accent Plein Air (Ski-Doo), Centre de Camping D’Amos (Polaris) Harricana Aventures (Yamaha)
  • La Sarre: Dimension Sport (Ski-Doo)
  • Rouyn-Noranda: Imperium (Ski-Doo), Marine Lamy (Arctic Cat), Moto-Sport du Cuivre (Yamaha), Moto- Senneterre: A.B. Sports (Ski-Doo), Sport de La Capitale (Polaris)
  • Val D’Or: Beric Sport (Ski-Doo), Gauthier Marine/Barbin Sport (Arctic Cat, Yamaha),  Martin Tout Terrain (Polaris)
  • Ville Marie: Automobile Paquin (Ski-Doo), Scie et Marine Ferron (Arctic Cat, Yamaha)

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec Contact Info

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Quebec Snowmobile Snapshot Last Word

If you’re looking for a Quebec destination that’s not too far away, this is it. It’s got super-wide trails, impeccable grooming and long-lasting snow. Plus bilingual hospitality and just the right mix of population centres and remote riding. Make your reservations today to ride Abitibi-Témiscamingue!


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The tips and advice in this blog are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.