From past to present

Biography

  • 1907 to 1925: Childhood and adolescence Open or Close

    April 16, 1907, Valcourt, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada: Joseph-Armand Bombardier is born. No one in this peaceful farming village anticipates the newborn's unusual destiny.                             

  • 1926 to 1938: First success Open or Close

     

  • 1939 to 1945: The war years Open or Close

    Success of the B7 snowmobile is such that by 1939 the L'Auto-Neige Bombardier is unable to keep up with demand. A more modern plant is built in 1940 with an annual production capacity of 200 vehicles. It will be inaugurated on January 29, 1941 under the name L'Auto-Neige Bombardier.

  • 1946 to 1948: Postwar growth Open or Close

     

  • 1949 to 1958: Industrial vehicles Open or Close

    The future seems certain, but 1948-1949 brings new challenges to L'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée. On top of a winter of very light snow, the Quebec government adopts a policy demanding all rural routes be cleared ­ a major blow to the snowmobile market. In one year, sales fall by close to $1 million.

  • 1959 to 1964: The Ski-Doo® snowmobile Open or Close

    At the close of the 1950s, the Valcourt company is very successful, as shown by its sales of $3.5 million and profits of $850 000 in 1958-59. The coming few years will launch Joseph-Armand Bombardier's greatest invention, the recreational snowmobile, marketed under the name Ski-Doo®. This invention will fulfill Joseph-Armand's boyhood dream and have a profound impact on the success and future of L'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée.

    A "miniature" snowmobile

    Despite his need for solitude to dream, cogitate, design, invent, develop, and test, Joseph-Armand Bombardier always welcomes family, friends, employees, and fellow citizens who need a sympathetic ear, a helping hand, support, or advice.

    Hunting and fishing are his ways of enjoying the natural world, which he loves and visits often while testing vehicles. He also enjoys flying, and buys a plane and learns to pilot it ­ maybe even dreaming of one day exploring air transport.