Snowmobile safety: a reminder

Snowmobiling is an outdoor winter activity growing in popularity. In order to have a safe and enjoyable time snowmobiling, please follow the 5 S rules of the Fédération Des Clubs De Motoneigistes Du Québec.

  • Stick to the speed limits indicated on the marked trails
  • Sledding and drinking don't mix
  • Stick to the right at all times
  • Stop at all road crossings
  • Sustain a reasonable distance with the sledders ahead of you


  • Apart from always sticking to marked trails before operating a snowmobile on any body of water, it's imperative to make certain the ice is sufficiently frozen and thick enough to support the vehicle's weight.
  • Wear a helmet. It's mandatory - no mater where you operate.
  • Wear clothing that is designed specifically for snowmobiling.
  • The speed limit for a snowmobile is 70 kilometres per hour, unless otherwise indicated, and reduced to 30 kilometres an hour in residential areas and close to dwellings.
  • In general, it is illegal to ride within 30 metres of a dwelling, a health establishment or an area reserved for cultural, educational or sports activities.
  • Bring a basic survival kit, tools and replacement parts.
  • Cellular telephones are not always reliable outside urban areas. Carry a topographic map and a GPS receiver to help find your way in the woods.
  • Never ride alone and always inform someone of where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Respect trail signage and co-operate with voluntary trail safety officers.

Source: Michel Garneau, technical director of the Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec quoted in The Gazette

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