In 1959 Bombardier's firm offered the Ski-Doo, creating a new type of vehicle, a new sport and a new market. What was different about the Ski-Doo was its size, an analogue of the motorcycle instead of the car or truck, and propulsion by a single track as wide as the whole machine, behind the steerable skis. Within a decade it transformed the social life of Inuit and arctic communities, creating a demand for gasoline, oil and spare parts. Competing SNOWMOBILE producers threatened to overwhelm the Bombardier family firm in the early 1970s, but it survived and expanded.
Author DONALD J.C. PHILLIPSON
Links to Other Sites
The official website for Bombardier, a world-leading Canadian manufacturer of innovative transportation systems, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment. Click on "About Us" and then "History" for an interactive timeline depicting company history.
A profile of Armand Bombardier from the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame.
J. Armand Bombardier Museum
This multimedia online museum features a detailed biography of J A Bombardier and explores the history of the snowmobile industry in Canada.
Watch the Heritage Minute about Joseph-Armand Bombardier from the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related online learning resources.