Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:Where to purchase trail permits?
A:Trail permits are available in all snowmobile clubs that are part of the Snowmobile Federation and in some hotels, dealers and gaz stations. To see the list of snowmobile clubs of Chaudiere-Appalaches or to purchase your trail permits online, click here.

Q:Where must the permit sticker be affixed?
A:The permit is valid only when permanently affixed on the snowmobile. General Rules of the FCMQ (article 11) specify that the permit sticker must be affixed on the left side of the cab.
Don't forget! The sticker is not sufficient!
You must carry the proof of purchase (large pink paper) of your trail permit at all time and be prepared to present it to a trail warden or peace officer as proof that you are driving legally on the trails (Act respecting off-highway vehicles, article 38, par. 7).

Q: Is it possible to get a replacement permit?
A:Yes, Replacement permits may be purchased for twenty dollars ($20), ideally at the club from where the original permit was purchased. In order to receive a replacement permit, the receipt and sticker of the trail permit issued for the original snowmobile must be presented to the seller. Please note that a trail permit cannot be transferred to another owner. It can only be transferred from one snowmobile to another one belonging to the same owner (for example, in the case of a sale followed by a purchase).

Q:Do I need to get liability insurance for travel in snowmobile trails in Quebec?
A: No, liability insurance is included with the purchase of your Quebec trail permits and covers you up to $ 500 000.

Q:What is the minimum age to operate a snowmobile in Quebec?
R:The minimum age to operate a snowmobile in Quebec is 16 and this section of the law applies to all drivers, regardless of their place of residence.

Quebec drivers aged 16 and 17 must also have a certificate of competence (issued by ConduiPro driving schools). Young persons aged 16 and 17 from outside Quebec must have a snowmobile operator's certificate issued by their province or State of residence.

A driver's licence is only required (and mandatory) for crossing roads (legal road crossings) and driving on portions of trails that use the roadway. Young persons with a certificate of competence but no driver's licence must therefore ask an adult with a driver's licence to cross their snowmobiles to the other side of the road.

Summary: Persons aged 18 years and over can operate a snowmobile without a driver's licence except if they use part of a trail as described above. Persons aged 16 and 17 need a certificate of competence to ride on a trail and a driver's licence to cross a public road. A "farm tractor class" driver's licence is sufficient.

There is one exception to the rule for driving without a licence: Drivers who have lost their licence due to impaired driving are not allowed to operate a snowmobile during their probation period. This offence falls under the Criminal Code and the federal penalty applies to all motor vehicles, including snowmobiles, quads and boats.