Frequently Asked Questions about snowmobile

Where can I purchase trail permit?

Most of the sums invested in the purchase of a trail permit are returned directly to the club to fund the trail grooming operations. So if you buy where you ride, your money improves the trails you ride most often.

Trail permits are sold by member clubs and also on-line by FCMQ (new for 17-18 season). They are also available at numerous points of sale, such as snowmobile dealerships, as well as various hotels, restaurants and gas stations located near the trail network.

What is the minimum age required to drive a snowmobile in Québec?

What the law says

Pursuant to article 18 of the Act respecting off-highway vehicles, every operator of a snowmobile must be 16 years of age or older.

Furthermore, operators aged 16 and 17 years of age must hold a certificate that attests that the operator has the competence and knowledge required to operate a snowmobile. The Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec has mandated the ConduiPro driving schools group to dispense this information and issue a certificate of competence to those candidates that have successfully completed the theoretical training course.

Attention ! In such instances where the snowmobile trail crosses a public roadway or utilises a road right-of-way, the operator must be the holder of a licence authorizing him under the Highway Safety Code to drive a road vehicle on such a roadway, regardless of his/her age. In addition to an automobile licence, the following permits are also authorized:

• Mopeds or scooters (class 6D)

• Probationary licence (class 5)

• Tractor (class 8)

NB : The learner’s licence is to be used under the same conditions as those that apply for its use on a roadway for motorcycles. In other words, the permit holder must be accompanied by another snowmobile whose operator possesses, since at least 48 months, a valid automobile or motorcycle licence.

For non-Quebec residents

Operators aged 16 and 17 years old must possess proof that they are legally entitled to operate an off-highway vehicle in their home jurisdiction. Please note that even in instances when the home state or province allows legal operation of a snowmobile to individuals aged below 16 years of age, driving a snowmobile in Quebec for anyone under 16 is strictly prohibited.

What you need before you leave

• Your FCMQ trail permit

• Your vehicle registration

• Your driver's licence (for public road crossings)

• Proof of $500,000 liability insurance coverage • A rental contract (if the snowmobile is rented)

• A competence certificate (for 16 and 17 year old operators)