Snowmobiling and environment

Snowmobiling and environment

Sustainable development

Our vision: “Sustainable snowmobiling is an activity which takes place in conditions which take into account, in a responsible manner, the environment, the local population and the individual snowmobiler” .

Towards sustainable snowmobiling

As a privileged actor in the development of snowmobiling, the Federation is conscious of its key role in the evolution of mindsets favourable to sustainable snowmobiling. It is precisely in this spirit that the Federation adopted its first Sustainable snowmobiling action plan. This first triennial action plan represents a firm engagement in the adoption of sustainable development principles and its contribution towards the Quebec government`s strategy. The action plan, issued following a structured consultation, identifies a series of actions to put in place to help attain 7 grand objectives:
  1. Mobilise clubs and their members to become fully involved in sustainable development.
  2. Encourage research into green technologies and facilitate their adoption.
  3. Integrate sustainable development into the heart of communications strategies.
  4. Ensure sustainable management practices for trails via the establishment of an environmental protocol to be used during the planning of FCMQ trails, the process carried out in a consultation with various affected stakeholders.
  5. Manage and reduce the environmental footprint of the federation during its activities.
  6. Establish a concerted and preventive approach to snowmobile trail management, so as to attenuate and manage those factors having potential health effects.
  7. Empower and sensitize snowmobilers to adopt responsible and respectful behaviours.


February is National Snowmobile Environment Month. During this month and throughout the year, let's respect the environment. Snowmobiling requires a harmonious coexistence between passion and respect for nature if it is to survive.

Here are a few tips:

Don't leave garbage behind; pick it up and dispose of it in a place designed for this purpose.

Dog waste bags are very inexpensive, easy to carry and can be very useful when the time comes to pick up your garbage during a ride.

Keep your snowmobile in good condition. This will help reduce emissions, fuel consumption and leaks.

Keep your original exhaust to avoid frightening animals.

Don't chase or scare animals. 

Adopt new technologies.

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