All of Québec within reach

of your handlebar!

Voted the world's best cycling route by (Journeys

of a Lifetime), published in 2008 by the prest-

igious National Geographic Society, the Route

Verte criss-crosses Québec with more than

5,000 km (3,100 mi.) of right-of-ways and coun-

try roads.

 

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Parks

Park-o-rama!

Both regional and national parks provide a perfect example of Québec’s multi-faceted geography. In addition to their fully serviced or rustic campsites, many national parks offer the “ready to camp” option. For more comfort, you may be interested in the wide selection of cabins, camps and huts, while travellers looking for adventure may be tempted to sleep in a yurt or a tepee.

 

Some of these parks have an outstanding reputation, such as the Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, nesting ground to an impressive colony of gannets, and the Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, a fascinating world at the heart of the International Dark Sky Reserve—the ideal place to fully appreciate the outdoors—where astronomy, geology, biology and ecology come together in a unique, natural setting. Famous for its fossils, the Parc national de Miguasha is a place where you can take a step back in time and discover fossilized plants and fish dating back as far as 380 million years.

Nature

magnified

From cross-country to downhill rides

Feel the rush of charging downhill... on a mountain bike! Among other places, in the Laurentian mountain range on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, specifically in the Portneuf area just 45 minutes from Québec City, you will discover a true gem at the Vallée Bras du Nord, with its 100 km (62 mi.) of mountain-biking trails. A little further along, you will also find Mont-Sainte-Anne, where many international mountain-bike competitions take place.

 

In the Appalachian range to the south, satisfy your craving for an adrenaline-charged ride in Bromont, where 21 downhill mountain-bike trails accessible by chairlift await you. This site will allow you to discover some of Québec's most beautiful marked mountain-biking trails, including La Grande Douce, an “easy” trail that's perfect for beginners. But thrill-seekers are not left behind, thanks to a four-cross trail and one of the biggest bike parks in Canada.

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beaten track

Spas

An ocean of possibilities

Dip into a spa and just think of how you'll feel... Relaxation, peace of mind and rejuvenation are calling! The Québécois approach of quality care and personalized service is sure to melt away all your worries. Québec is the ideal destination for spoiling yourself at a Nordic spa or with original treatments using maple-based and other products.

 

Enjoy a moment of deep relaxation in one of the Spas Relais santé establishments, which offer all the attention and pleasure of a resort while giving your body the special treatment it deserves!

Relax

and enjoy

Tasting the real Québec

Proud of a unique North American culinary tradition, Québec is justly famous for its many terroir products: craft beers and wines, ice ciders, ice wine, Charlevoix lamb, farm-bred game (including deer, bison, wild boar and ostrich), Lac Brome ducks, Gulf of St. Lawrence shellfish, cheeses, fruits and maple products, to name but a few.

 

Take the time to stop by a farm for a fun visit and you’ll meet real, down-to-earth Québecers with extensive knowledge of the region's history and traditions. It’s a fun activity for the kids, a pleasure for your senses and a balm for your soul! You’ll leave with a happy heart and arms laden with fresh produce, a few good bottles or succulent cuts of meat.

Gourmet

indulgences

Accommodations

Your travelling made easier

 

Make your travelling easier by choosing hotels that are Bienvenue cyclistes!   certified. Among other amenities, you’ll find a covered and locked location to store your bikes (only at hotels and lodges), access to a pump and tools, as well as a wealth of useful information.

 

In addition, Bienvenue cyclistes!TM campgrounds offer space without prior reservations for globetrotters who are travelling exclusively by bike. For cycling lovers who enjoy a warm welcome!

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A few noteworthy cycling routes...

to follow on the Route Verte

Véloroute des Cantons (365 km / 226 mi.)

Eastern Townships

Whether you’re a very fitness-minded or more contemplative cyclist, you’ll sometimes have trouble keeping your eyes on the road instead of the fabulous scenery.

Petit Témis Interprovincial Linear Park (134 km / 83 mi.)

Bas-Saint-Laurent

First bicycle path in Canada linking Québec and New Brunswick, the grade never exceeds 4%, making it a path that everyone can enjoy.

Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs (77 km / 48 mi.)

Centre-du-Québec

Route that for the most part passes through the St. Lawrence Lowlands and features wide plains and panoramic views all along the way.

Circuit des traditions network  (57 km / 36 mi.)

Centre-du-Québec

This circuit includes a 25-km (16-mi.) route on an old railway in the woods (ungroomed). A 7.5-km (nearly 5-mi.) groomed stretch runs through Drummond forest and along the Rivière Saint-François.

P’tit train du Nord linear park  (232 km / 144 mi.)

Laurentides

 

The former train stations along this route have been renovated; several have been converted into delightful cafés or restaurants, and sports equipment repair and rental boutiques.

Bike trails in Montérégie  (600 km / 375 mi.) Montérégie

 

Head off by bike along the impressive network of bike paths that link up to the Route Verte, or explore the Richelieu Route.

Capital Pathway  (236 km / 146 mi.)

Outaouais

The Capital Pathway links superb natural spaces and parks to museums and other major attractions. The pathways are open to cyclists, walkers, runners and rollerbladers.

Vélopiste Jacques-Cartier-Portneuf  (68 km / 42 mi.)

Québec City and Area

Some 68 km (42 mi.) in length, this path runs through the heart of nature in a lovely setting featuring water and greenery. There are accommodations, rest areas and parking all along the way.

Véloroute des Bleuets  (256 km / 159 mi.)

Saguenay—Lac Saint-Jean

100% asphalted bike path that circles majestic

Lac Saint-Jean and passes through 15 towns, including the Montagnais community of Mashteuiatsh. It also provides access to Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon.

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