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Old 11-01-2011, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Quebec Backcountry

Looking for info about backcountry riding in Quebec. Post anything you know or have here.
Specifically interested in the following areas: Parc des Laurentides / Grand Jardins / Charlevoix region.
Seems most higher elevations in the Parc des Laurentides, Charlevoix, Saguenay, and Gaspe regions receive about 550-700cm of snowfall annually.
Have already found good info about the Chic Chocs. Here is the Quebec Avalanche Centre website, which is relative to that area: Centre d'avalanche de La Haute-Gaspésie
Most of the best information I've found has been from Quebec snowmobiling forums.
Would be great to get in contact with someone who has some first hand experience in any of those areas.

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Old 11-01-2011, 07:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The only place in Quebec that I have read about having good backcountry is in the Chic Chocs. I know there is a hut that a snowcat takes people to and then you tour from there. Not sure about day tour access options. The terrain looks to be the real deal though.

Probably not much help though am I? Carry on...
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's the best (or only?) high elevation webcam in Quebec: Transports Québec : Québec 511 - Traffic Webcams
It's located on Hwy 175 north of Quebec City at the high elevation of 800 meters beside Lac Jacques Cartier. It should be the best reference for conditions along the Laurentians in that area
(Parc Jacques Cartier > Reserve Faunique Laurentides > Camp Mercier / Foret Montmorency > Grand Jardins > Charlevoix)
Weather forecast for same location as webcam: Park Report: Reserve Faunique Des Laurentides, Quebec - The Weather Network
Here is the Foret Montmorency snow report, located very close by: Conditions de ski de fond
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The only place in Quebec that I have read about having good backcountry is in the Chic Chocs. I know there is a hut that a snowcat takes people to and then you tour from there. Not sure about day tour access options. The terrain looks to be the real deal though.

Probably not much help though am I? Carry on...
same here. chic-chocs seems to be the place to try getting some... but you may also find good place if you get friends with a snowmobile. heard good stories from this in the laurentians :-)
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Cat Ski Chic Chocs trip and snowmobile are both in the works. Turns out there are backcountry huts (called a "refuge" in french) in Grands Jardins only a few KMs off the highway. On the opposite side of the highway, outside of the national park, there is a large area called "Zec des Martres" (a "Zec" in Quebec similar to a Wildlife Area elsewhere - more regulated than crown land, but less regulated than a Prov/Nat park). This is a place I plan to check out as well.
Current snow depths are about 2-10cm in Parc-Laurentides & Grands-Jardins, and about 25cm on Mt.Valin.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Another good link to add...
Sepaq (Quebec division of Parcs Canada) snow conditions report for all parcs in Quebec: Snow Conditions - Spaq
Currently leading the way, as usual, is Mont Valin with 155cm snowfall to date (107cm at Le Valinouet ski hill, same location).
Most other Parcs are have received 30-75cm of snowfall to date, with about 30-40cm on the ground.
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Default Daytrip to La Galette, QC

Went for a drive up to La Galette, QC near Baie St Paul, to climb up Mont de la Galette which is just across the road from Grands Jardins National Park in the Zec des Martres territory.
We had just received a 30mm rain/freeze the days before, so this was more of a snowshoe/scouting mission rather than a shred mission. A number of forest fires have gone through this area in the past 10-20 years, providing a bunch of great backcountry riding possibilities including burnt trees and cliffs. The road is at 765m and the top of Mont de la Galette is around 1060m (we went up to about 950m).
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Went for a drive up to La Galette, QC near Baie St Paul, to climb up Mont de la Galette which is just across the road from Grands Jardins National Park in the Zec des Martres territory.
We had just received a 30mm rain/freeze the days before, so this was more of a snowshoe/scouting mission rather than a shred mission. A number of forest fires have gone through this area in the past 10-20 years, providing a bunch of great backcountry riding possibilities including burnt trees and cliffs. The road is at 765m and the top of Mont de la Galette is around 1060m (we went up to about 950m).
Photo album with large sized images, as well as a few more not in the collage: https://picasaweb.google.com/1067784...gForumUploads#
Very cool. I hadn't thought of using recently burned over areas. A little close to the city here to get many of those but likely do-able for a weekend roadtrip.
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