Frequently asked questions

FCMQ

The Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ) is a non-profit organisation, governed by Board composed of 13 volunteer administrators.

The FCMQ is dedicated to the development and promotion of snowmobiling throughout Quebec and is comprised of 199 member snowmobile clubs.

The FCMQ offers various services to its members, including administering financial assistance programs, negotiating preferential trail signage pricing, producing a magazine for its members, etc.

For additional details, click here.

A snowmobile club is a non-profit organisation, with a Board composed of volunteers. The club ensures the smooth functioning of snowmobiling on its territory. Volunteers develop and maintain trails and infrastructures prior to installing signage, along with organising activities for its members. Clubs also include trail wardens amongst their volunteers, with their mandate being member safety.

The primary funding source for snowmobile clubs is trail permit sales revenue (user/pay principle). Monies from these sales are re-injected into trail maintenance, signage purchasing, bridge construction, to name but a few. 

To locate the coordinates of a club, consulte our snowmobile clubs directory.

The FCMQ has concluded an agreement with the tourism regions in order to improve services for merchants. Communicate with the contact person in your area. 

For additional details, click here.

Whether it’s installing trail signage, negotiating land-use permissions, grooming trails, volunteers are still at the heart of the Quebec snowmobile industry.

What better way to meet like-minded passionate snowmobilers than to enlist your help and contribute to the maintenance and development of a trail system that brings so much joy to so many.

Do you want to become a volunteer?
Contact your local club to offer your services.

Insurance

The Law requires you to possess a minimum public liability insurance coverage of $500,000 to cover possible damages your snowmobile may cause to others. This insurance is mandatory whether or not the snowmobile is ridden on trails.

Please note that you are not covered by the SAAQ for bodily injuries. In Quebec, the cost of your registration does not include insurance protection (such as is the case with automobiles). The insurance policy included with your trail permit (if applicable) does not provide this type of protection either, thus making it very important to have proper coverage for your injuries. 

Ask your insurance broker for additional information.

By buying your trail permit, you become a member of the FCMQ and are automatically covered by a $1,000,000 public liability insurance policy offered by Intact Insurance.  For more information on public liability insurance, consult Intact Insurance's distribution guide.

The liability insurance is valid at the time of purchase of the trail permit until November 30st of the following year.

For additional information, click here.

If you violate this obligation of the law, you are committing an offense and are liable to a fine ranging from $300 to $600.

If you have valid public liability insurance, you can be reimbursed for the insurance portion included in the cost of the trail permit. 

Attention: You have a free 10-day examination period. After these first 10 days, only the overpaid portion of the insurance premium will be refunded.

For additional details, click here.

If you have a snowmobile accident (if you drive into a tree, for example), you are not insured by the SAAQ for your injuries. The fact that you have paid for a licence plate for your vehicle will not change anything. In Quebec, contrary to what is the case with automobiles, the cost of registration does not include insurance coverage. It is thus critical to possess bodily injury insurance coverage.

However, if your accident involves a car or any other vehicle in movement while on a public road (for example, a snowmobile-auto collision at a road crossing), you may receive compensation for your injuries.

For additional details, click here.

Trail permit

Whether you call it a "trail permit sticker" or a "membership card", the trail permit is mandatory to ride on snowmobile trails. The trail permit is composed of a sticker*, which must be installed on the left side of the cab, as well as the "member copy" receipt, both of which are required during trail-side checks.  

Please note that it is prohibited by law to ride on an FCMQ trail without a trail permit.

*Valid for annual and antique annual trail permits. Conditions apply for the other categories of trail permits.

Purchasing a trail permit is a legal requirement for FCMQ trail users. It is also a socially responsible act that helps to contribute towards the expenses incurred in trail network maintenance. Clubs have the responsibility of maintaining snowmobile trails, an expensive proposition for them!

The purchase of the trail permit provides you with:

  • The right to ride on all FCMQ member club trails throughout the province; 33,000 km of pure snow heaven;
  • Free subscription to Motoneige Québec magazine (4 issues, distributed in Quebec only);
  • $1,000,000 (mandatory) public liability insurance coverage.

The cost of trail permits includes public liability insurance coverage as required by article 19 of An Act Respecting Off-Highway Vehicles, as well as all applicable taxes.

For additional details, click here.

Most of the dollars invested in the purchase of a trail permit go directly to the club for trail maintenance. We strongly recommend that you choose a club where you ride most often.

For additional details, click here.

Beginning December 10th, and without exception, the trail permit rates are the regular rates until the end of the season.

All trail permit categories are sold online by the FCMQ for snowmobile clubs.

Promotional video (french only)
Purchase your trail permit online

For more details, click here.

Please note that trail wardens may also sell trail permits in the course of a trail-side verification. However, the snowmobiler will have to pay $640 and could also be eligible for a fine due to having previously ridden on trails without possessing a valid trail permit.

Trail permits are now sold exclusively online. However, you will have to select your club when you make your purchase.

For additional details, click here.

To purchase online, you will need:

Create or access your profile by visiting fcmq.qc.ca and clicking on the shopping cart.

You can then list your snowmobiles which will require a trail permit in order to be ridden on the magnificent 33,000 km of federated trails.

You will be directed to the club selection page. You can choose your club by selecting it on the map according to its location, entering its number or scrolling through the selection bar.

Once your club has been selected, you will be able to choose, according to the information entered for your snowmobile, the type of trail permit you want.

  • Annual trail permit
  • Antique (annual) trail permit* (MY2000 and under)
  • "Daily" trail permits (7-day, 3-day and 1-day)

*The antique trail permit option will only appear if the information pertaining to your snowmobile qualifies it according to the years of eligibility.

Once your selection is complete, all you have to do is go to the checkout and pay the amount on the invoice. You will receive, by email, your 14-day temporary trail permit, your Intact Insurance public liability insurance documentation, and your proof of insurance form. You will receive your official sticker** by mail within a reasonable time.

**Valid for annual and antique annual trail permits. Different conditions apply for the other categories of permits.

To view the demo on YouTube

Take advantage of the "early bird" sale and save $ 80 on the purchase of your trail permit. The early bird period ends on December 9th, 2019.

Click on "forgotten password" button and follow the steps.

Please note it is preferred to be in panoramic mode and not in portrait mode on your tablet or cell phone, in order to navigate through the platform for your on-line trail permit purchase.

You must stick it on the left side of the cab*, preferably on a smooth surface or on the windshield

What precautionary measures should I take before I stick my trail permit on my snowmobile?

  • Avoid placing it on top of your old trail permit sticker, and avoid cleaning the chosen area with solvent-based cleaners.
  • Trail permit sticker should not be installed on a very cold surface. Warm the chosen surface prior to placing the sticker. The warmth from your hand for a few minutes should be sufficient to warm the surface area.
  • Avoid using a pressure washer on, or close to, the trail permit sticker.

* Please note that no sticker will be issued for a daily trail permit purchase. You will have to print your proof of purchase (received by email) and follow the listed instructions.

Please note that it is prohibited by law to ride on an FCMQ trail until you have received your trail permit and the sticker is affixed to your snowmobile.

However, you can use your temporary trail permit (even on your smartphone) which is valid for 14 days. You will receive all of this information upon receipt of the email confirming the purchase of the trail permit. You must also have proof of public liability insurance.

Delivery and processing times for your request may vary up to 14 business days following your transaction. It will also have to take into account the Canada Post delays, depending on the shipping method chosen (standard or express)  After this delay period, please contact info@fcmq.qc.ca or 1-844-253-4343 to validate your information (name, full address, telephone number, transaction confirmation number, etc.). If your file is complete and correct, you will need to contact the Canada Post.

The trail permit is non-refundable and is only transferable to a snowmobile owned by the same owner.

For additional details, click here.

It is possible to replace a trail permit by going to the FCMQ online purchase platform.

For additional details, click here.

The name on the trail permit is the one in your profile. If this is not the case, you will need to apply for a replacement trail permit.

For additional details, click here.

You must contact the authorities to obtain an incident report. In addition, you must inform the FCMQ at info@fcmq.qc.ca or at 1-844-253-4343.

In order to obtain a new trail permit, you must go to the FCMQ online purchase platform and select the snowmobile that has lost the trail permit by clicking on "Replacement trail permit".

You will be redirected to a form that you will need to complete. Please follow the instructions given.

You must also send to the FCMQ, by priority mail, your original purchase documents, your proof of insurance, the paper issued by the police service indicating your incident number, etc.

You will have to buy a new trail permit at the current price. When the replacement trail permit application file is received and approved by the FCMQ, you will receive a refund for your second purchase at this time, less the $30.00 incurred costs.

For additional information, click here.

The trail permit may be transferred from one snowmobile to another belonging to the same owner. You will need to apply for a replacement trail permit via the FCMQ purchasing platform.

You must go to the FCMQ online platform and select the snowmobile that has been sold by clicking on "Replacement trail permit" of the latter.

You will be redirected to a form that you will need to complete. Please follow the instructions provided.

You will also have to send to the FCMQ, by priority mail, your original purchase documents, your proof of insurance, etc.

You will have to buy a new trail permit at the current price. When the trail permit replacement application file is received and approved by the FCMQ, you will receive a refund for your second purchase at this time, less the $30.00 incurred costs.

For additional information, click here.

You can not use this trail permit. You must purchase a new one with your information.

You must contact the authorities to obtain an incident report. In addition, you must inform the FCMQ at info@fcmq.qc.ca or at 1-844-253-4343.

In order to obtain a new trail permit, you must go to the FCMQ online purchase platform and select the snowmobile that has lost the trail permit by clicking on "Replacement trail permit".

You will be redirected to a form to indicate the circumstances of this loss. Please follow the instructions given.

You will also have to send to the FCMQ, by priority mail, your original purchase documents, your proof of insurance, the paper issued by the police service indicating your incident number, etc.

You will have to buy a new trail permit at the current price. When the trail permit replacement application file is received and approved by the FCMQ, you will receive a refund for your second purchase at this time, less the $30.00 incurred costs.

For additional information, click here.

It is possible to purchase you trail permit without insurance, however, civil liability insurance remains mandatory for all snowmobile owners. The FCMQ has negotiated a preferential rate with Intact Insurance for you, for only $42.60 taxes included.

NOTICE: Insurance verification, administration and handling fees of $23.00 taxes included will be applied.

You must foresee a 14-day delay, for verification and validation, before receiving your trail permit.

You must go through the transactional platform  to complete the process of purchasing your trail permit without insurance.

The purchase order form must be filled out completely and returned with all required documents, along with payment information. No personal cheques or money orders accepted.

For additional details, click here.

Security

Besides the Act and Regulation respecting off-highway vehiclesmany other regulations, including the Highway Safety Code, contain articles related to snowmobile use.

You will find an internet link for each of these legal documents on our website.

For additional details, click here.

 

A helmet compliant with regulatory standards and proper footwear are mandatory no matter where the off-highway vehicle is driven. If the helmet is not equipped with a visor, goggles must be worn. Furthermore, all passengers aboard the snowmobile or transported in a sleigh or trailer (must be compliant to OHV laws) must also wear a helmet and goggles if the former is not equipped with a visor. However, if passengers are being transported in an enclosed closed sleigh or trailer, they are not required to wear goggles or a visor.

For additional details, click here.

Before leaving, ensure that your vehicle, regardless of model or type, is compliant with the Act respecting off-highway vehicles and is equipped with the following mandatory equipment:

  1. One white headlight
  2. One red taillight
  3. One red stoplight at the rear
  4. One rear-view mirror firmly attached to the left side of the vehicle
  5. An exhaust system
  6. A braking system
  7. A speedometer
  8. Any other equipment required by regulation.

Items 3, 4 and 7 from the list above only apply to snowmobiles built after January 1st, 1998.

It is strictly forbidden to modify or tamper with any of the components of the exhaust system. The owner of a carriage or trailer must equip this one with a red lamp, and must remain lit at all times.

The owner of sleighs and trailers must equip them with a red taillight, and the driver must ensure it remains lit at all times.

For additional details on the OHV act,  click here

It is forbidden to carry more passengers than what is indicated by the OHV manufacturer.

The carrying of a passenger on a snowmobile built for one is possible with the installation on of an add-on seat, however, certain conditions apply:

  • the seat must be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations;
  • vehicle weight limit restrictions must be respected.

Additionally, it is forbidden to latch onto, stand or jump onto a moving OHV.

The minimum age requirement to drive an OHV is 16 years-old.

A certification of knowledge and skills is mandatory for drivers of 16 or 17 years of age, unless said driver is holder of a valid drivers’ licence delivered by an authorized government authority other than la Société de l’assurance automobile du Quebec (for example, a driver's licence issued by the province of Ontario).

The Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Quebec has mandated the Conduipro group of driving schools to offer the proper training and deliver a knowledge and skills certification.

Online training is available for those who desire it or for those who do not have a Conduipro school in their region.

For additional details, click here.

You may ride with your child. However, by virtue of the Regulation respecting off-highway vehicles, the passenger must sit at all times behind the driver, face forward and their feet must touch the floorboards.  The snowmobile must be designed for two people (touring or single seat snowmobile equipped with approved add-on seat)

The harness is not included in the Act.

The maximum speed limit allowed on a snowmobile is 70km/h. However, this speed limit may be lower if regulatory signage indicates otherwise.

In a case where OHVs are permitted to circulate within 100 m from a home, a health-related establishment or an area where open-air activities take place, such as cultural, educational, recreational or sporting, the maximum speed limit allowed for OHVs is 50 km/h

However, if within 30 m of these establishments, if circulation is still permitted, the maximum speed limit is 30 km/h (even if no speed limit signage is present).

Pay attention to noise near residential areas: When approaching a residential area, please reduce speed to reduce noise. Be sure to be particularly vigilant at night, in those areas overnight circulation is permitted.

Excessive speeds, alcohol abuse and careless driving are the primary causes of deadly accidents involving OHVs.

For additional information regarding speed limits, fines and conduct, click here.

By virtue of the Law, riding is forbidden everywhere between midnight and 6 am (article 12.2, Act respecting off-highway vehicles), unless a municipality/MRC has approved an exception and relevant and approved signage is installed at the entrance and exit of the zone in which times differ from what is indicated in the Act

Circulation is also forbidden between 10 pm and 6 am on trails located on an abandoned railroad right-of-way, by virtue of paragraph 2, of article 1 of the Regulation respecting off-highway vehicles.

Driving a snowmobile with impaired ability through alcohol, drugs or medication is prohibited.

In the event of an infraction, the penalties are the same as those applicable to the driver of any other road vehicle.

You are prohibited from driving on public roads, except in rare exceptions provided by the OHV law.

You can cross or drive on a public road only if road signs allow you to do so and if you have a valid driver's licence.

Snowbikes (ex. Timbersled) and Bombardier B12’s, are not authorized on the trails.

The trail wardens' role (both club and/or provincial) is mainly centered on educating snowmobilers on safety matters. Wardens are supported by off-highway laws, along with the collaboration of clubs and police forces. The warden may issue courtesy tickets or (infraction) tickets if he uncovers irregularities.

Safety on snowmobile trails requires that wardens be present throughout the territory of FCMQ member clubs, and this without exception.

You must contact your local club to offer your services. The club will then register you to a one-day training course which is given each fall.

In order to become a (provincial) trail warden for la Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec, candidates must respect certain criteria to be admissible.

For additional information, we invite you to communicate with us by email at: securite@fcmq.qc.ca

Snowmobile trails are maintained by snowmobile clubs; if you notice that a trail is poorly groomed, contact the responsible club directly. For this, please consult the directory of snowmobile clubs.

If you have already contacted the club and wish to make a complaint, you can send your request to the FCMQ at info@fcmq.qc.ca with all the necessary information. (Issue, location, trail number, etc.) It will be processed and a follow-up will be done.

Many confuse the Act respecting off-highway vehicles and the government pilot-project (Arrêté 2015-2018) dating back to the winter of 2015-2016.

The pilot project was challenged by the FCMQ, supported by the tourism industry, resulting in it no longer being applied to snowmobiles. In fact, the Quebec government reversed its decision and issued a decree (MTMDET 2016-06) modifying this pilot project to address studded tires only, which applies to quads.

Studs have always been legal for snowmobiles, and the FCMQ continues to promote and support their use, which helps to substantially improve safety on icy trails and at road crossings due to greatly improved traction.

There exists a set of hand signals which every snowmobiler should know and use when out trail riding. However, safety and control of the vehicle remain the utmost priority at all times.

These hand signs are approved by the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO), the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) and the International Snowmobile Council (ISC); they allow you to provide essential information to snowmobilers following you, or coming towards you

For additional details, click here.

Snowmobiler

Drivers aged 16 and 17 years of age must have a certificate of proficiency demonstrating that they have the skills to drive a snowmobile.
Visit the Conduipro website or contact them at 1-877-766-3443.

Note that when the snowmobile trail crosses a public road, the driver must have a valid driver's licence, regardless of age. The holder of a learner's licence must be accompanied by another snowmobile whose driver has held a driver's licence for at least forty-eight months.

For additional information, click here.

You must have a valid driver's licence as soon as you cross or use a road, street or public road where it is permitted.

For additional details, click here.

Before you leave, please be sure you have in your possession the following documents:

  • Trail permit (regardless of category)
  • Vehicle  registration
  • Proof of public liability insurance coverage of at least $500,000 (mandatory for all off-highway vehicles)
  • Valid driver’s licence (if you cross public roads)
  • Official document certifying your of age (driver’s licence, medical insurance card, etc)
  • Skill certification (for youths of 16 and 17 years of age)
  • Rental contract or loan document, as the case may be. 

Warning! If a snowmobile trail crosses a public road or is located in its right-of-way, the driver, no matter the age, must be holder of a valid driver’s licence. Other than an automobile licence, the following classes are also permitted:

  • Scooter (class 6D)
  • Probation (class 5)
  • Tractor (class 8)

Note: The learner's permit is recognized under the same conditions as would the learner's permit for motorcycles. In other words, the holder of such a permit must ride accompanied by another snowmobile whose driver is holder of a valid automobile or motorcycle licence for a period exceeding 48 months.

It is mandatory to register your snowmobile, even if it is only used on designated trails.

In addition, the licence plate must be attached to the snowmobile.

For additional details, click here.

It costs $93.20 to register a snowmobile, this amount is broken down as follows: $4.45 to the SAAQ, and $88.75 to the government. From this $88.75$, $40 is reserved for various programs:

  • $1 is for a provincial wildlife conservation program, managed by the MTQ
  • $4 is for a provincial infrastructure program, managed by the MTQ
  • $35 is directed into existing FCMQ programs

Note : There is no insurance contribution that pertains to off-highway vehicles. The Automobile Insurance Act do not foresee compensation for injuries sustained in an accident with these vehicles. According to the Act respecting off-highway vehicles, owners of off-highway vehicles (including snowmobiles) are obligated to possess a minimum public liability insurance coverage of $500,000. For more details regarding insurance, please click here.

A sleigh need not be registered.

According to the Act respecting off-highway vehicles, all sleighs or trailers pulled by an off-highway vehicle must be equipped with the following, which must comply with applicable regulations:

  • One red taillight (applicable only for carriages or trailers built after January 1st, 2015)
  • One red stoplight at the rear (applicable only for carriages or trailers built after January 1st, 1998)
  • Two red reflectors at the rear, installed as far apart as practicable.
  • Two red reflectors on both left and right sides, installed at equal length from the front and from the rear.    
  • A rigid tow bar designed to prevent overturning or swerving, which pivots 90 degrees on either side and allows pitching without compromising the overall stability.
  • All other regulatory equipment.

The overall width of a carriage or a trailer pulled by an off-highway vehicle, must not exceed 1,5 meters wide.

The transport of people with a sleigh or trailer pulled by a off-highway vehicle is not permitted unless the sleigh or trailer is built according to regulatory standards. 

The FCMQ produces an annual provincial snowmobile trail map; this is sent along with the November issue of Motoneige Quebec magazine.

You may also download it in PDF version on the FCMQ website here.

There are a few regions that regroup maps from a gathering of clubs. These maps may be found in tourist association displays.

The FCMQ also provides an interactive trail map for all snowmobilers. This map allows one to view all the trails in Quebec, in addition to verifying grooming conditions throughout the winter. 

Interactive trail map here.

Please note that the interactive map is not compatible with older versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. You must have version 10 or a more recent version, to use the map. Google Chrome and Firefox browsers work quite well.

Trail conditions may change rapidly as temperature, snow and traffic conditions evolve. We invite you to verify directly with the snowmobile club and/or implicated local businesses before venturing out. The directory of the list of clubs can be found here.

The interactive trail map allows you to verify the latest trail grooming operations.

Other sites provide information on trail conditions, you can find the list here.

Communicate your name and address to info@fcmq.qc.ca, a copy will be sent to you.

Communicate your name and address at info@fcmq.qc.ca, a copy will be sent to you.

The FCMQ does not prepare personalized itineraries. To plan your trip, we invite you to use our interactive trail map or iMotoneige in order to properly plan your itinerary:

- interactive map

- iMotoneige

You can also visit the websites of regional tourism associations (ATR). Loops are offered to inspire you and help build your own itinerary! You can also get their region trail maps, which contain information on points of service along the route. Many of these maps also offer loops.

The Ontario or New Brunswick trail permit is not valid in Quebec, just as Quebec's trail permit is not recognized in these two provinces. If you travel in Ontario and Quebec, for example, you must have trail permits for each province.

Drivers aged 16 and 17 years of age must have proof that they are authorized to drive an off-road vehicle under the laws of their place of residence. Even if your province or state of residence allows you to drive a snowmobile under 16, you cannot drive in Quebec until you have not reached the minimum age of 16.

The trail permit is issued in the name of the owner of the snowmobile who can then lend his or her snowmobile to the driver of his or her choice, provided that he or she meets the requirements of the Act respecting off-highway vehicles.

The driver must have with him at all times proof of payment of the trail permit (large yellow receipt), proof of mandatory insurance (pink paper) and the snowmobile's registration certificate.

Reminder: The Act respecting off-highway vehicles specifies that the minimum age for driving a snowmobile in Quebec is 16 years. In addition, drivers aged 16 and 17 must hold a certificate of competence and knowledge demonstrating that they are qualified to operate a snowmobile.

NO, but Intact Insurance offers a "My Snowmobile and Me:" program that offers some benefits:

  • roadside assistance for snowmobiles at no extra charge, whichentitles you to three calls per year for these services:
    • towing in case of mechanical failure;
    • battery boost;
    • gasoline delivery;
    • trip itineraries;
    • information on the resale value or purchase price of a snowmobile;
    • concierge service;
    • health assistance and legal assistance (up to a maximum of $100 per occurrence and $300 per year).
  • free civil liability coverage for your trailer if you combine your car insurance with insurance for damage to your snowmobile;
  • a 5% discount, exclusively for FCMQ members.

For additional details, click here.

On the SAAQ website, you will find the principal elements necessary to benefit from the joys of snowmobiling in complete safety.

  • What the law says: click here.
  • Common sense dictates: click here.

Don't forget to remove the trail permit sticker from the snowmobile when you sell it, thereby ensuring that the new owner cannot travel on a trail with an expired trail permit, and, therefore, without insurance!

You must contact the club that maintains the said trails.

For additional information, click here.

If you have already contacted the club and wish to make a complaint, you can send your request to the FCMQ at info@fcmq.qc.ca with all the necessary information. (Issue, location, trail number, etc.) It will be processed and a follow-up will be done.

Backcountry riding is becoming more and more popular. If you practice this activity, the FCMQ invites you to do so in a responsible manner, in full respect of wildlife and only in permitted areas. Off-trail type snowmobiles have different features and characteristics than trail-type snowmobiles, which means that their passage on trails can compromise trail conditions for other users.

REMINDER: A valid trail permit is mandatory when using a federated trail, regardless of the distance travelled, to get to your backcountry riding area.

For additional information, click here.

iMotoneige

The iMotoneige application offers fast and efficient access to the map of all Quebec trails, without having a data plan or a cellular signal.

The application includes:

  • The layout of all snowmobile trails;
  • The location of all businesses listed in the FCMQ Services guide, such as dealerships, secure hotels, etc.
  • More than 700 services to enhance your outings!

The application has the same functionalities as our interactive map while adding some new features.

For additional details, click here.

The application is also available in French!
The language displayed is the one corresponding to the language setting of your mobile phone.

Communicate your first name, last name, address and telephone number along with a brief description of the problem encountered regarding the application to info@fcmq.qc.ca, the information will be forwarded to the relevant authority.

Please try to close the application and open it again. If the problem persists, restart your phone. If the problem is still not resolved, please provide your first name, surname, address and telephone number along with a brief description of the problem encountered at info@fcmq.qc.ca, the information will be forwarded to the relevant authority.

Motoneige Quebec magazine

There are several reasons why you may not receive your magazine:

  • The mailing address entered when you purchased your trail permit is incomplete or incorrect as required by Canada Post;
  • You have moved and the FCMQ has not received your change of address.

Contact the FCMQ by email at info@fcmq.qc.ca, telephone 514-252-3076, or fax 514-254-2066, to request a correction of your address.

For any request concerning the reception of your magazine, make sure you have your trail permit number (from the previous season) on hand. This number appears on the sticker of your vehicle and at the top right on your "member copy".

All issues of Motoneige Québec magazine from 2013 to today are available here.

Communicate your first name, last name, the old address, your trail permit number (from the previous season) and the new address to info@fcmq.qc.ca.

Please provide your full name, address, your trail permit number (from the previous season) and the issue not received at info@fcmq.qc.ca, and a copy will be sent to you.

Landowners

By signing the official FCMQ Land Use Permission Form you automatically become a « named insured » under the FCMQ’s Third Party General Liability Insurance Policy.  It will provide coverage for you against any legal liability claims for property damage or bodily injury arising from the use of your property by the snowmobile club.

In addition, the FCMQ and its clubs purchase general insurance.  You are still responsible for carrying the usual liability coverage to cover any other non-snowmobile-related occurrences on your land, including liability coverage for any equipment, automobiles and snowmobiles you may own.

The FCMQ also has a $5 million Environmental Liability Insurance policy to cover clubs from claims arising from environmental incidents such as slow and gradual damages remaining undetected, and sudden and accidental damages.  These coverages extend environmental coverages offered under the General Liability Insurance.

The official FCMQ Land Use Permission Form has been developed in cooperation with our lawyer and insurance company to ensure that it complies with all of the terms and conditions of the FCMQ Third Party Liability Insurance Policy.  For you, this means the certainty of knowing you are covered in the event of a claim resulting from the snowmobile trail on your land.  By not signing this official form or by altering it in any way, you may place your liability coverage in jeopardy.  It is recommended that any special considerations be attached to the form as appendix initialed by both parties.

All you are doing is allowing the local club seasonal use of a specific portion of your land for a snowmobile trail.  We do not want to use all of your land, to prevent you from using any of it, or even to use the designated trail corridor in any other season.  The land is always yours to own and control.  You will always be able to put an end to this permission by using the procedure described further in answer to the 8th question.

Obviously, if you are a snowmobiler and a member of the FCMQ, you are entitled to utilise all snowmobile trails maintained by FCMQ-affiliated clubs including those that are located on your property.

The land use permission you give to your local snowmobile club is for winter use only as a snowmobile trail for snowmobiles displaying valid FCMQ Trail Permits.  Under the law, no other trail users are allowed on this trail or any other part of your property at any time of the year without your specific permission.  Your local club is responsible for patrolling the trail regularly during the winter, and for opening at the beginning of the season and closing at the end of the season any applicable, existing gates/barriers, etc..  The club will also sign the trail to indicate that it is exclusively for snowmobile use, including a trespass warning.  As legal Occupiers of that specified portion of your land during the winter, the local club can also act on your behalf to lay trespass charges against anyone who enters the trail without permission.

Before signing the Land Use Permission Form, talk to your club contact about any special needs, concerns or considerations you may have.  It is strongly recommended that the land owner and the club contact walk the proposed trail site together, specifying the exact layout, permitted width, and signage requirements, as well as such diverse items as noting work to be/not to be allowed, listing gates and fences that need attention, designating fields that need to be staked, crops that need protection, and agreeing on methods for water crossings.  If you are planning to do any winter work that might impact the snowmobile trail, this is also a good time to discuss it.  These items should be placed on a site map and/or in writing and attached to the Land Use Permission Form as an appendix initialed by both parties.

Should you have any concern throughout the snowmobiling season, we urge you to contact the president of your local club or your club representative immediately and advise him/her of the exact details of the matter.  Often, small irritations, when left to fester, can grow into larger difficulties that could have been easily resolved with an initial phone call.

If the snowmobile club representatives can not solve the problem, call the FCMQ representative for your region directly. If your concerns are still not satisfied within a reasonable time, you can ask the FCMQ to find solutions acceptable for all. Finally, you have the right to ask the court to revoke the Land Use Permission.  But before taking this drastic action, please consider that a sudden mid-season trail closure can be very difficult for all concerned, especially club volunteers.

The FCMQ Land Use Permission document typically used by snowmobile clubs allows you to set the duration of the agreement. However, the document also provides for the automatic renewal of the agreement for one (1) year following the expiry and subsequent renewal in future years  unless you provide  written notice to the club of your desire to cancel the agreement at least ninety (90) days in advance of the date of expiration.  If you wish to prevent the automatic renewal of the land use permission then the previously listed procedure would have to be used. 

In the province of Québec, the Québec Civil Code outlines the basic principles and regulations that govern land use permission.  To begin with, you obviously remain owner of the land on which the snowmobile trail is located and for which you have granted access.  The club becomes the occupant of the section of land on which the trail is located.  The club must use the land for the needs and in the manner spelled out in the agreement that you signed.  As indicated previously in the sixth question, it is thus imperative that the agreement contain all of the necessary details governing the use of the land, including the nature and extent of the work that may be carried out by the club.  As per the Civil Code, both the owner and the occupant may be held liable in the event of an accident that occurs on the trail.  It is for the very purpose of providing adequate protection for both landowners and clubs that the FCMQ has liability insurance coverage.  In the event of a claim, it is the responsibility of the FCMQ’s insurer to contend with it.

In 1974, local snowmobile clubs saw the need to form a provincial association, La Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ),  to represent their broader interests and to help coordinate, promote and integrate trail development.  This was the beginning of organized snowmobiling in Quebec.

Today, the FCMQ is a volunteer driven, non profit, grassroots organization that operates according to mandates set by its clubs at the Annual General Meeting, and under the immediate direction of a Board of Governors elected by the clubs, one from each of the FCMQ’s thirteen districts across the province.  At the same time, each community based snowmobile club retains its own autonomy and continues to function independently, to best serve the needs of its own community.  With a permanent office in Montreal, the FCMQ has a paid staff of ten who work in close cooperation with the Executive, major committees chairs, and other FCMQ volunteers.

Thanks to the FCMQ, organized snowmobiling has a proven track record in Quebec. As a landowner, you are dealing with a local club backed by a professional, effective association that operates the largest recreational trail system in the world.  No other trail use group in Canada can offer you the protection, stability and consistency of organized snowmobiling.  No other group has such a long standing, successful and amicable relationship with Quebec’s private land owners.  The FCMQ is your best insurance that you and your land will be treated right.

You must contact your local club.

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