Snow Goer’s Annual
The Mauricie region is large, stretching from the majestic St-Lawrence River, meandering north up the St-Maurice Valley until it meets the Abitibi and the Saguenay-Lac St-Jean regions. Situated halfway between the province’s two major metropolitan areas, Montréal and Québec, this gigantic tract of land is no more than an hour drive away from either of the two urban poles.
Together, the Canadian Shield to the north and the vast alluvial plain bordering the St-Lawrence River shape this land. Given its varied natural resources, “La Mauricie” has plenty to offer avid riders.Forests, lakes and rivers comprise 90 percent of the territory, making it a top-notch sledder’s destination. It features over 2,500 kilometers of marked and well-groomed trails. While traveling through the wilderness to small, typically Québécois villages, you’ll have the chance to ride along the St-Lawrence or the magnificent St-Maurice. You’ll zoom over mountains and plains to visit wildlife reserves and suger shacks.
Visitors will find the people here kind, friendly, considerate, and — when it comes to helping you enjoy a great snowmobiling vacation — exuberant. After a hard day’s ride, attentive hosts will warmly welcome you to pleasing hotel accommodations, while quality food awaits at restaurants staffed by smiling, gracious personnel.
Among the most popular winter sports in the area is tom-cod fishing in Des Chenaux, which, during the December 26-February 15 season, attracts thousands of visitors every year. An incomparable atmosphere reigns as a village of over 600 cabins springs up on the Ste-Anne river, and relatives and friends get together to tease the tom-cod out of the ice.
The Grand prix Desjardins de Shawinigan (snowmobile races on the ice) will be held February 2-10, 2008. Onlookers will enjoy the thrill of close to 200 races in this not-to-be-missed international event. For more information, go to the event Web site at www.grandprixshawinigan.com.
If you want to take home a great snowmobiling experience and fantastic memories, “La Mauricie” is waiting for you.
For more information:
|• Tourisme Mauricie
(regional touristic association)