I am often asked why so many American snowmobilers ride Quebec. With the feedback of many American “Quebec riders” I offer the following answer to that question.
Since my 1st snowmobiling trip to Quebec in 1984 I have had more great pleasures, experiences and friendships than any one person could ever hope to have. For those who dream of winter all summer long, Quebec represents the mother land of our sport, the pinnacle of unforgettable snowmobiling experiences. When American snowmobilers are asked why they “Snowmobile Quebec” their answers are thoughtful and sincere. Here are just a few of our many reasons.
The people: Quebecers are unlike any people we have ever met. Warm, friendly, generous, ingenious, hardworking, proud, passionate, sincere, helpful and most of all fun loving. The “make it happen”, “make it better” volunteer spirit, commitment and efforts have created the best snowmobile trail system on the planet. When Americans “Snowmobile Quebec” we feel like we are a part of a fantastic people.
The beauty: Quebec offers incredible sights. From Abitibi to Lanaudiere, the Laurentides, Mauricie, Quebec, Charlevoix, Saguenay Bas St-Laurent, Chaudiere, Cote Nord, to Gaspesie, the Townships and every destination in between, Quebec is blessed and graced with some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes on earth. When Americans “Snowmobile Quebec” we get to share your incredible sights and create memories of places and times that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
The system: The interconnecting network of snowmobiles trails which have been created, expanded, maintained and preserved through the efforts of dedicated and passionate volunteers since the birth of our sport continues to be 2nd to none. The opportunities it provides for adventure and destination are unlimited. Superior grooming, maps and signage truly make the most of your system. When Americans “Snowmobile Quebec” we enjoy endless opportunity for exploration and adventure with respect, admiration, appreciation and gratitude.
The businesses: The acceptance and welcoming of snowmobiling and snowmobilers in Quebec is like no other. The recognition of the significant economic impact that snowmobiling represents and the support of government, businesses, landowners and volunteers create a unique and welcoming experience wherever we travel. When Americans “Snowmobile Quebec” we feel, welcomed, valued and appreciated.
The excitement: Whether it is for the 1st time or the 100th time, going beyond the borders of your own country in search of fun, relaxation, entertainment, experience and adventure is a very, very special feeling. The adrenaline and anticipation of the unknown, the funny looking money and the inevitable challenges of a small language barrier all combine to offer a special excitement to each visit. Many of us come from States with wonderful snowmobiling, but Quebec is an unforgettable experience in addition to snowmobiling. When Americans “Snowmobile Quebec” we have the unique opportunity to experience all of the challenges and excitement of going international.
We thank our Quebec snowmobiling friends for their extraordinary work, their heritage, their passion, their fun loving disposition and their welcoming hospitality. We respect their language, environment, open areas and their dedicated commitment to the preservation of the world’s premiere interconnected snowmobile trail system.
Americans “Snowmobile Quebec” because we love the sport of snowmobiling and love what Quebec offers to those of us who are fortunate enough to visit.
Greg's first snowmobile experience was in 1968 when his Grandfather purchased a new Ski-doo Nordic 371 package including dog sled as a surprise family gift. “Grampy” thought that the Gilbert's would enjoy the new sport of snowmobiling and he was right. Since that first ride as an 8-year-old, snowmobiling has provided Greg with one of the greatest pleasures of his life. The experiences, excitement, adrenaline, adventures, freedom, memories and friendships have relaxed and rejuvenated him throughout his life. From 1985 – 1996 Greg was an active member of the “Arrowhead Mountain Snowmobile Club” in his hometown of Milton Vermont, holding positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, trail coordinator and membership chairman. Greg has also been involved in all aspects of trail construction and grooming as well as regional and statewide involvement. Greg has ridden over 130,000 miles throughout Vermont, Maine and all regions of Quebec. His riding experiences have been predominantly throughout Quebec since his first introduction in 1984 averaging 4000-5000 Quebec miles over the past 25+ years. Throughout 35 years of Quebec snowmobiling Greg has had positive interactions with many members of various groups and organizations. Greg is often in a unique position of being a comfortable, non-threatening bridge to better mutual understanding and communication of how we can work together to strengthen and protect our sport. Over the years Greg became well known throughout Quebec as “Greg du Vermont”, before joining the SledMagazine.com / Motoneiges.ca team in 2012 as a Columnist / Test Rider. Greg has written over 100 articles for SledMagazine.com / Motoneiges.ca, attended manufacturers Snow Shoot and Sneak Peek media events beginning in 2012 and is frequently seen at snowmobile events in both the US and Canada. Greg brings a unique personal perspective and style to his articles and has been a positive ambassador of snowmobiling for over 35 years. He is known throughout his hometown as the guy who thinks and talks about winter all summer long.
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