Joseph-Armand Bombardier | Snowmobile Inventor

From: Valcourt, Quebec

Joseph-Armand Bombardier was a French-Canadian inventor and businessman, the founder of Bombardier. His most famous invention was the snowmobile.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier built his first “snow vehicle” at the ripe age of 15. He wanted to help people travel across the snow-covered roads of rural Québec. In 1937, J.-Armand achieved his first major commercial success with the launch of the seven-passenger B7 snowmobile.

A plant able to produce more than 200 vehicles a year was built in 1940.

Watch CBC report, June 1967


For more detailed information about Joseph-Armand Bombardier, visit J. Armand Bombardier Foundation.

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Valcourt is a town in Quebec in Le Val-Saint-Francois Regional County Municipality. The J. Armand Bombardier museum is situated on the territory of the municipality.




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