Snowmobiling in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and Pontiac

Snowmobilers, the north and west of the Outaouais are calling! In the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and Pontiac territories, you'll find kilometers and kilometers of snow-covered trails running through lakes, hills, moutains, and forests, not to mention the majestic Gatineau and Ottawa rivers. Following the tracks of the raftmen and lumberjacks who've explored the territory for nearly two centuries before hitting the rolling farmland in the south of the Pontiac, this 760 km loop will show you the immensity of the Outaouais' territory. In this land, history and nature are one and the same.
From Maniwaki, you will discover the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau until you reach the gigantic Réserve faunique La Vérendrye (wildlife reserve). You will go through a land of lakes and hills and you will instanly understand why this part of the region is home to most of its outfitters and why vacationers come back here, year after year.

2 days
on the trails

Points of interest

Auberge du Draveur
85, rue Principale Nord
Maniwaki (Québec) J9E 2B5

Conveniently located in the heart of Maniwaki, the Auberge du Draveur offers a relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy the fitness room and spa facilities (spas, saunas and pool). Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation or for a home away from home, enjoy the area's multiple outdoor activities. They offer a variety of packages (relaxation, fitness and fun, etc.) to meet your individual needs. Should you be traveling on business or planning your next gathering, the conference rooms are at your disposal.

245 km
About 60 km after leaving Maniwaki, just before entering Réserve faunique La Vérendrye, a splendid view of Baskatong Reservoir awaits you at Pavillon des Pins Gris, just to the right of trail 322. 70 km further, on TQ-63 trail, you can get fuel and food at Le Domaine before heading out to Pavillon La Vérendrye.
Réserve faunique La Vérendrye
Route 117
Montcerf-Lytton (Québec) J0W 1N0

The immensity of its territory and the multitude of lakes and rivers found in La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve make this destination a favourite spot for fishers and canoe-camping enthusiasts. The 916 campsites allow visitors to discover fishing while taking advantage of inexpensive accommodations. For those who prefer cabin stays, La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve has 39 well-equipped cabins located on the edge of a lake and Dozois Reservoir. There is something to please everyone!

165 km
The secong leg of you trip, following trail 386, will take you to the Outaouais' westernmost sector. You will ride along the Dumoine River, which has been a major trade route for the Ontario Algonquins who wanted to reach Québec City or Trois-Rivières without going through Iroquois territory. Fuel up and spend the night at Rapides-des-Joachims (referred to as Swisha by the locals) before heading out.
Rapides-des-Joachims Tourist information Relay
216, rue Principale
Rapides-des-Joachims (Québec) J0X 3M0

The tourist information station in the municipality of Rapides-des-Joachims welcomes visitors to the RCM of Pontiac, in Outaouais. On site you'll find maps of Québec, the Outaouais region, the RCM of Pontiac and the municipality (including information on where to find local services, businesses, accommodations, restaurants and main attractions), as well as a display containing a variety of tourist pamphlets (regional, local, cultural, etc.). Emergency numbers are also posted at the station. Access to a payphone and public restrooms. Accessible to the mobility impaired.

169,5 km
You are now in the heart of the Pontiac! When you go through Mansfield-et-Pontefract on trail TQ-43, keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse of the Félix-Gabriel-Marchand Bridge, the longest driveable covered bridge in Québec. Enjoy a great meal at Bryson's Bistro du Bûcheron in Fort-Coulonge.
Shawville Village Inn
921, route 148
Shawville (Québec) J0X 2Y0

The Village Inn offers "country style hospitality at its best". 14 comfortable rooms for business travelers or family trips. Close to golf courses, PPJ bike trail (we rent bikes), stores (our village is noted for its many Victorian brick homes), hospital, and historical sites.

182 km
​Before leaving, take a stroll through Shawville and discover its rich architectural heritage. A good breakfast at Café 349 and you're Kazabazua-bound on trail 311. By the way, Kazabazua means "hidden current" in the Algonquin language because it is partially undergroud and reemerges from behind rocks. Forgot to fuel up before leaving? No worries, there are many gas stations on trails 311 and TQ-13 between Shawville and Maniwaki.
Cafe 349
349, rue Main
Shawville (Québec) J0X 2Y0

Situated beside the National Bank, Cafe 349 is the place to stop and eat! The Cafe was featured this year in the Ottawa Citizen’s « 5 Worth the Drive » article. We proudly use local ingredients and offer wholesome foods and decadent homemade desserts. Visit us at 349 Main St. or at Reservations are recommended but not always necessary.