To drive any off-road vehicle in Québec, users must comply to specific requirements depending on age or vehicle.
In Quebec, the minimum age to drive an ATV (motorized quad bike) is 16. And for drivers aged 16 and 17, quad driving training is required to obtain an aptitude certificate issued by the FQCQ. Whether on a trail or crossing a public road, the rider must also have a valid driver’s license. This may be a moped, farm tractor or learner’s permit. However, the latter requires the presence and supervision of another driver with a valid licence.
In addition to procuring the necessary registrations, the driver must hold a minimum of $1,000,000 of third-party liability insurance covering any property and/or bodily damage causes by the use of an off-road vehicle.
Lastly, a trail permit must be purchased (sold online here). The permit allows the buyer to ride in provincial trails throughout Québec.
Before Your Ride :
To make the most of your off-road trip, make sure your vehicle is in good working order and that you have the right equipment. Avoid bad surprises by planning your itinerary and inquirer to your local club about trail conditions.
Make sure you have:
- Trail permit or daily pass;
- Vehicle registration;
- Proof of liability insurance ($1,000,000)
- Photo ID with date of birth;
- Certificate of competence and knowledge;
- Driver’s license – required if you cross or use public roads;
- Lease contract or rental agreement.