SAINT FELICIEN, Que. - Snowmobile clubs in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean north of Quebec City have used federal grants totalling almost $500,000 to buy snow groomers for trail maintenance which they say will boost the region's reputation as a prime winter destination.
"The Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is a vast winter playground, which gives it broad appeal for snowmobiling and quad enthusiasts from near and far," Jacques Tremblay, president of the club Relais des Buttes, said in a release issued by the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Quebec Regions.
One of the new machines will maintain part of inter-regional trail 383, giving users, including many American and European visitors, "easy, quality snowmobile access to the region's various tourist attractions," said the release.
In total five snowmobiling clubs and one quad club received grants to buy snow grooming machines and restore trails.
Quebec's network of snowmobile trails stretches for 33,000 kilometres throughout the province.