Snowmobile Rules in Quebec

Q: What is the minimum age to drive a snowmobile in Quebec? A: The minimum age to operate a snowmobile in Quebec is 16 years old and this section of the law applies to all drivers, regardless of where they live. Q: Is it possible to obtain a replacement permit? A: Yes, replacement permits can be purchased online here for thirty dollars ($30). In order to obtain a replacement permit, the seller must be presented with the receipt and sticker of the hiking permit issued for the original snowmobile. Please note that a hiking permit cannot be transferred to another owner. It can only be transferred from one snowmobile to another belonging to the same owner (e.g. in case of sale followed by purchase). It is important that you get your snowmobile in the mood before the season starts. Being stuck in the middle of the forest without a mobile phone connection has more serious consequences than a puncture in the middle of the city. CAA-Quebec`s Automotive Advisory Services can help. You can also ask a recreational vehicle maintenance and repair shop to inspect your snowmobile (or ATV) before hitting the road. Drivers aged 16 and 17 in Quebec must also hold a competency certificate (issued by ConduiPro driving schools). Youth aged 16 and 17 from outside Québec must hold a snowmobile operator`s licence issued by their province or state of residence.

“The kids grew up with snowmobiles. It essentially becomes a part of their body,” he said. The Société de l`assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) only covers road accidents. It does not cover you if you hit a tree and become disabled. The same applies to bodily injuries sustained by drivers and passengers in trail accidents or involving only vehicles such as ATVs and snowmobiles. Q: Do I need to take out liability insurance to travel on snowmobile trails in Quebec? A: Civil liability insurance is included with the purchase of your Sentiers du Québec permits and covers you up to $2,000,000. For more details on insurance, please click here. Now, the Quebec government is moving forward with the strictest legislation in Canada for the use of off-road vehicles, including snowmobiles.

In remote villages bordering Quebec`s Lower North Shore, children often learn how to operate a snowmobile as early as age 10. Q: Where can I buy snowmobile trail permits? A: Access rights are available online on the FCMQ website. A driver`s license is only required (and required) to cross roads (legal intersections) and drive on parts of roads that use the roadway. Youth with a competency certificate, but without a licence, must therefore ask an adult holder of a licence to ride their snowmobile across the road. To ensure you enjoy snowmobiling for many years to come, there are 4 important things to remember: safety, alertness, caution and patience. Driving a snowmobile is completely different from driving a car or motorcycle, and it`s not as easy as it sounds. The shift in weight in the curves and performance of some models can be surprising. In order for everything to go smoothly, it is highly recommended to take a course before leaving for the first time.

To ensure everyone`s safety, a distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times. Road interceptions must be made without contact with the personal documents of snowmobilers. Summary: Individuals 18 years of age and older may operate a snowmobile without a licence, unless they are using part of a trail as described above. Persons aged 16 and 17 need a certificate of fitness to drive on a road and a driver`s licence to cross a public road. A driver`s licence in the “agricultural tractor class” category is sufficient. For driving without a licence, there is an exception to the rule: drivers who have lost their licence due to unfitness to drive are not allowed to operate a snowmobile during the probationary period. This offence is punishable under the Penal Code and the federal penalty applies to all motor vehicles, including snowmobiles, ATVs and boats. When you decide to buy, think about the price, comfort level, performance level, fuel consumption and how you want to use it and where you want to use it. And remember that your snowmobile must be registered, even if you only use it on snowmobile trails.

You will also need to obtain trail approval. Whether for half a day or a week, with or without a guide, renting is the best way to test different models of snowmobile and find out if you really like this sport. But remember, even if you have to be 16 or older to ride a snowmobile, most rental companies require drivers to be at least 21 years old. If this is your first time riding a snowmobile, choose one with a motor that is not too powerful and take basic training first. Last January, people across the province began paying more attention to snowmobile safety after six people died in an accident near Lac-Saint-Jean.