Cycle toward Quebec’s best biking destinations

Cycle toward Quebec’s best biking destinations

Road Trips February 4, 2019
Cycle toward Quebec’s best biking destinations

Set out to discover the bike paths that zigzag through Quebec and embrace healthy habits on vacation! Whether you’re hooked on long multi-day journeys or you’re planning to circle around then hop back in the car at the end of the day, there’s a trail that’s right for you. On the way you’ll find restaurants where you can recharge, hotels and inns where you can rest and interesting tourist attractions to visit.

For those who want to do more than simply pass by!

Vaudreuil-Soulanges is a favourite of cyclists!
Vaudreuil-Soulanges is a favourite of cyclists!

Your starting point: the region of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Montérégie. Get on your bikes and explore the network of trails as you admire beautiful scenery. This destination – a favourite of cyclists – has trails on car-free paths as well as on roads, and some sections are connected by river shuttles. When it’s time to take a break, stop by one of the local shops you’ll find on your way!

Accessible to seasoned cyclists as well as families who prefer a quick jaunt, the bike paths of the Haut-Richelieu region are perfect for discovering the municipalities at your own pace. There are several bike trips to choose from, including a foodie circuit designed for cyclists who want to combine outdoor activities and a taste of homegrown products.

When sports and art go hand in hand!

Imagine a bike trip on a trail lined with monumental works of art! In Granby in the Eastern Townships – a region known as a cycling tourism destination – pedal leisurely along the Artria route, which features sculptures and lovely landscaping. Make your way on the trail, taking breaks from time to time to admire the artwork and your surroundings.

In Nicolet-Yamaska, cycling is a major activity!
In Nicolet-Yamaska, cycling is a major activity!

Road trips so you don’t miss a thing

Many regions where biking is a major activity offer cyclists easy-to-use ready-made itineraries. Take for example Nicolet-Yamaska in the Centre-du-Québec, a very welcoming and accessible region thanks to a mostly flat terrain and a ferry service. The bike paths wind through urban areas and along country roads and follow the magnificent Nicolet and Saint-François Rivers. You’ll find all kinds of tourist attractions and activities as well as places to rehydrate or grab a bite to eat.

Chaudière-Appalaches is another region that knows how to make your bike trip a success! Follow the Véloroute de la Chaudière that leads to spectacular sites in this area that boasts fascinating history and rich agriculture. A dozen convenient bike maps rated by degree of difficulty guide you toward everything there is to see!

Beautiful country scenery in the Chaudière-Appalaches region
Beautiful country scenery in the Chaudière-Appalaches region

Sunday cycling or high-performance biking?

Cross the St. Lawrence River to reach the Québec City region. The Portneuf sector is a marvel to discover! Follow the river or ride along one of the back-country roads. When you start to get tired, take a picnic break in a lovely municipal park. Thirsting for adventure instead? Head to the Vallée Bras-du-Nord recreation centre to explore the mountain bike trails!

Cycling for all

A legendary cycling destination, the Véloroute des Bleuets in the Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region suits everyone from athletes to families thanks to circuits tailored to cycling tourism fans as well as mountain bike enthusiasts. Tracing a 256-km (159-mi.) loop, this circuit provides cyclists with the possibility of booking a luggage transportation service in advance for greater convenience. Challenge yourself to complete the entire loop or combine cycling of some sections with other activities, like camping or visits to tourist attractions.

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Need even more ideas for fun on two wheels in Quebec? See our biking suggestions!

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