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Quebec Bike Paths
 
   
 
 
    Quebec's Route Verte, The Trans-Canada Trail along with the ongoing efforts to provide Montrealers' with safe cycleing routes have turned this province into the cycling capital of Canada. Safe and accessible bike paths wrap around much of the Island of Montreal. Outlying regions are reclaiming abandoned rail corridors and taking advantage of the miles and miles of Canals along the St. Lawrence and Richelieau Rivers.
 
To the north of Montreal you'll find the P'tite Train du Nord, a 200km bike corridor through the scenic Laurentians. To the south in Monteregie and the Eastern Townships there are the Monteregiades, the L'Estriade, La Campagnarde and to the west the Soulange Canal.
 
Surrounding Quebec City there are the Piste Jacques Cartier/Portneuf, the Corridor des Cheminots as well as the Corridor de Littoral. Further east the Petite Timis connects the province to New Brunswick through a 130km link from Riviere du Loup to Edmunston. The paths through Gatineau provide the Hull/Ottawa region access to beautiful Gatineau Park while north of this the Pontiac PPJ streatches for 72km along the shores of the upper Ottawa River.  
 
 
These are just the beginning, have a look at the listings for many more trails which should keep your wheels spinning for years to come.
 
 
  NOTE: Most of these trail systems are evolving, with route changes, extensions and new sections added every year. Even some of the names are not consistant, with different sources using different names or in some cases breaking down longer trails using local or regional names (nothing wrong with that except it can get confusing). These listings are only a rough guide to get you started. For details use our references to gather more info. or where applicable click through to the various web sites we've listed.
If you have any additional information or corrections we would welcome your input:

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  Articles
   
  P'tit Train du Nord
 
  Laurentians
   
 
  Riding that Train - 200 km along the P'tit Train du Nord
   
  The Trails
   
  Aerobic Corridor
  Asbestos Regional Trail
  Beauharnois-Salaberry
  Bois Francs
  Campagnarde
  Chambly Canal
  Chutes de la Chaudiere
  Corridor des Chiminots
  Corridor du Littoral
  Curcuit des Traditions
  L'Estriade
  Grandes Fourches
  Hull/Ottawa/Gatineau
  Ligne du Mocassin
  Lotbiniere
  Lower Laurentians Linear Park
  Montagnarde
  Monteregiades
  Montreal Bike Paths
  Mont Tremblant
  P'tite Train du Nord
  Petite Temis
  Piste Jacques Cartier/Portneuf
  Pontiac Cycloparc PPJ
  La Riveraine/Montee du Fort-Chambly
  Saint Francois du Lac to Beconcour
  Soulange Canal
  Vagabond
   
   
  The Regions
   
  Laurentians
  Montreal
  Monteregie
  Monteregie/Eastern
Townships
  Chaudiere-
Appalaches, Coeur du Quebec, Eastern Townships
  Quebec City
  Outaouais
  Abitibi-Temiscamingue
  Bas St Laurent
  Coeur du Quebec, Eastern Townships
   
   
   
 
Montreal

Montreal has over 600 kms of bike paths, bike bands and designated bike lanes that ring the island and bisect it from north to south (Christophe Coloumbe-Berri). The most popular of these are the paths along the historic Lachine Canal and through the Old Port of Montreal. Other interesting rides can be found along the Canal l'Aquaduct and the south shore of Lasalle which passes the Lachine Rapids.

 
 
   
  Many of Montreal's nature parks have cycling paths including Cape St Jacques, Ile Bizard and Bois-de-Liesse. If your reasonably fit and don't mind a little road work you can take a ride through Mount Royal Park or as its refered to locally "The Mountain" which will reward you with some nice views of the city from the lookout.

You can reach the south shore cycling paths from three seperate locations from Montreal, the Bridge from Nun's Island, the connection to Ilse St Helene or by taking the Jacques Cartier Bridge. You can also transport your bike in the last car of the cities subways (Metro) outside of rush hours. The Metro also provides a link to the south shore via Longeuil.

Check out Montreal's cool community bike system Bixi. Pick up a bike at one of the stations and drop it off at another. Great idea! If your interested in how it works have a look at the Bixi System Website.

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Laurentians - North of Montreal and Laval

Lower Laurentians Linear Park (Basses Laurantides) - 27km (5km in the works), St Jerome - Ste Therese (Rosemere and eventually Laval), Laurentians

This is a new development which starts just north of Montreal/Laval. When it's completed it will provide direct access to the P'tite Train du Nord from the Montreal area.

Access: St Jerome, Mirabel, Blainville and Ste Therese
Connects to the Petite Train du Nord

The P'tite Train du Nord - 200km, St Jerome - Mont Laurier, Laurentians

The park travels through the beautiful hills of the Laurentians just north of Montreal. From St Jerome the trail travels through the Park du Riviere du Nord, Parc Doncaster and on through much of the resort areas as well as the Village of Mont Tremblant. You can start the trail from either end or you can pick up the trail from dozens of locations on route. For detailed information see our featured article. There is cross country skiing along the lower section in the winter. The trail connects to over a thousand kilometres of XC trails.

Access: See the featured article - The P'tite Train du Nord
Connects to Lower Laurentians Linear Park and the Aerobic Corridor (access is still in development) as well as the local trail system connecting Mont Tremblant Village and the ski resort.
Access Fee.
The trail surface is crushed gravel.
Route Verte.

Aerobic Corridor (Corridor Aerobique) - 60km, Morin Heights - St Remi d'Amherst, Laurentians

The Aerobic Corridor is one of Quebec's original multi-use trails It is currently evolving and will soon provide a loop, in conjunction with the P'tite Train du Nord, through the some of the most beautiful areas in the Laurentians. The loop will take you from the P'tite Train du Nord just south of St Sauveur to Morin Heights (Planned), to Monfort, Lac des Seize Iles, Weir, Arundel, Saint Remi d'Amherst and in the future on to Brebeuf, Ste Jovite and the Village of Mont Tremblant where it will again connect to the P'tite Train. As this is written the trail is essentailly hard pack, hybrids or mountain bikes are suggested. The trail extension into St Sauveur and Mont Tremblant should be completed in 2003. The Aerobic Corridor

Will connect to the P'tite Train du Nord - Access: See the featured article - The Aerobic Corridor

Towns: (St Sauveur) Morin-Heights, Montfort, Lac-des-Seize-Iles, Saint-Adolph-d'Howard, Weir, Arundel, Saint-Remi d'Amherst (Brebeuf, St Jovite, Mont Tremblant)

Mont Tremblant - 12.5km, Mont Tremblant Village - Mont Tremblant Resort, Laurentians

The trail system is a paved, off road trail with gentle grades connecting the Village of Mont
Tremblant and the
Mont Tremblant Resort.

Roller Blading
Cross Country Skiing

Connects to the P'tite Train du Nord

The Vagabond - 46km, Oka - Saint-Eustache, Lower Laurentians

The trail is just north east of Montreal in the lower Laurentians region of Quebec from Oka to St Eustache. It follows the north shore of the St Lawrence from the confluence of the Ottawa and the St Lawrence at the Lake of Two Mountains/Oka through Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac and
Pointe-Calumet and then on to St Eustache. The trail passes through Oka Provincial Park (where you can expect some climbs) along route. Pick up the trail at the Two Mountains Train Station in St Eustache or east of the ferry in Oaka along the waterfront
Paved with crushed gravel sections.
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Monteregie - Directly South and west of Montreal

Soulange Canal - 35km, Riviere Beaudette - Pointe des Cascades, Monteregie

The trail follows the historic Soulange Canal from Lake St Francois to Lake St Louis. You can also reach the National Historic Site at Coteau du Lac. On route is the popular beach at Saint Zotique. From Les Cedres you can cross the river on a unique cycle ferry to the and take in the Regional Park du St Timothee (which also has a popular beach). If you cross over on the ferry a stint along highway 132 heading east will take you to the Beauharnois-Salaberry Cycling Trail.

Towns: Riviere Beaudette, Saint-Zotique, Coteau du Lac, Les Cedres, Pointe des Cascades

Beauharnois-Salaberry Cycling Trail - 51km, Lac St Francis-Beauharnois, Monteregie

The trail follows the northern shore of the Beauharnois Canal below the town of Valleyfield. The canal connects Lake St Louis and Lake St Francois. You can reach the Soulange Canal Bike Trail if your willing to do a little road work. Follow the 132 west from Beauharnois to the cycle ferry in St Timothee and head over to Les Cedres. There is also a trail section along the south shore of the Canal from Lake St Francois to St Louis de Gonzaque. Work is underway to connect this to the tunnel at Beauharnois.

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Campagnarde - 49km, Drummondville - Waterloo, Eastern Townships, Monteregie, Couer du Quebec, Eastern Townships

The trail is surfaced with crushed gravel and travels in a north/south direction.

Connects to the L' Estriade and if you follow the Route 112 to the east from Waterloo you can reach La Montagnarde. The trail skirts Yamaska Provincial Park.
Route Verte
Towns: Waterloo, Wickham, Drummondville, Warden, Roxton Sud (passes just to the east)


Campagnarde
Route Verte

The following trails connect (in the listed order) from Montreal to Sherbrooke in the Eastern Townships. There are a few breaks in the circuit which will require road travel including the section between the Chambly Canal Trail and the La Riveraine/Montee du Fort-Chambly in Brossard as well as the section of secondary highway along route 112 between Waterloo and the beginning of the Montagnarde in Stukley-Sud. In Waterloo the Campagnarde heads north and connects into Becancour and Trois Riviere. While the Grand Forches heads north from Sherbrooke eventually leading into Levis and Quebec City.

La Riveraine/Montee du Fort-Chambly (Route Verte-MRC Champlain) - 31km St Lambert- Bossard, Monteregie

Follows the St Lawrence River along the south shore from St Catherine to Longueil before heading south east towards Chambly. The trail provides some excellent views of the Montreal and Ile St Helene. Further to the east you can connect to the trail system in the Ile de Boucherville Provincial Park. Connects to the Montreal bicycle routes by bridges or you can ride the ferry. By way of route 112 you can connect into the Chambly Canal Trail.

Paved, crushed gravel and roadways.
Towns: Saint Catherine, Candiac, La Prairie,
Brossard, St Lambert, Greenfield Park, Longueuil, St Hubert, Chambly
Route Verte

Chambly Canal - 20km, Chambly - St Jean sur Richelieu (Iberville), Monteregie

The trail follows the Richelieu River and the historic Chambly canal where you ride the tow path. The trail passes through the Park des Rapids and you can access the Fort Chambly National Historic Site with a few extra pedels.

Towns:Chambly, Carignan, St Jean sur Richelieu
Route Verte

Monteregiades (Monteregiades I, II, Monteregie/Eastern Townships) - 48km, Granby - Iberville (St Jean sur Richelieu), Monteregie

The trail is fully paved, so if the day is particulary hot, you might want to take advantage of the beach in Farnham, La Plage Ouellette. There are plenty of picnic tables along the route. The trail connects to the L'Estriade in the east and the Chambly Canal in the west.

Granby to Farnham 21km, Farnham to Iberville 27km
Towns:
Granby, Farnham, Iberville

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Camping mon Repos (between Farnham and Granby)
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Eastern Townships - Southeast of Montreal and south of Monteregie

Campagnarde - 49km, Drummondville - Waterloo, Eastern Townships, Monteregie, Couer du Quebec, Eastern Townships

The trail is surfaced with crushed gravel and travels in a north/south direction.

Connects to the L' Estriade and if you follow the Route 112 to the east from Waterloo you can reach La Montagnarde. The trail skirts Yamaska Provincial Park.
Route Verte
Towns: Waterloo, Wickham, Drummondville, Warden, Roxton Sud (passes just to the east)
Campagnarde
Route Verte

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Monteregiades (Monteregiades I, II, Monteregie/Eastern Townships) - 48km, Granby - Iberville (St Jean sur Richelieu), Monteregie

The trail is fully paved, so if the day is particulary hot, you might want to take advantage of the beach in Farnham, La Plage Ouellette. There are plenty of picnic tables along the route. The trail connects to the L'Estriade in the east and the Chambly Canal in the west.

Granby to Farnham 21km, Farnham to Iberville 27km
Towns:
Granby, Farnham, Iberville

Accommodations

Camping mon Repos (between Farnham and Granby)
Ange Gardien
(450) 293-6318

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Route Verte

L'Estriade - 21.1km, Waterloo - Granby, Eastern Townships

The trail has a number of spurs which allow you to do some additional exploring. A short side trail, La Villegeoise, takes you into the scenic town of Bromont (and the most excellent Mountain Biking at the ski hill). Outside Grandby you can connect to La Granbyenne which will take you along Lac Boivin or you can take the trail into Yamaska Provincial Park (there is an access fee).

Connects to La Granbyenne, Campagnarde, Yamaska Park Trail and La Monteregiade
Towns:
Granby, Bromont, Waterloo
Crushed gravel.
L'Estriade
Route Verte

Montagnarde - 50km plus, Stuckley-Sud - Magog, Eastern Townships Perhaps the townships nicest cycling route. The trail takes you through Mont Orford Provincial Park and into the scenic town of Magog on Lake Memphremagog. A printed map is available from the local tourism office.

You can connect to the Campagnarde and the L'Estriade by following route 112 from Stukely-Sud into Waterloo.
Towns:
Magog, Omerville, Eastman
Information (819) 843-2744 1-800-267-2744
Route Verte

Camping mon Repos (between Farnham and Granby)
Ange Gardien
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Camping du Parc Bromont - Bromont, Eastern Townships, Quebec

Camping du Mont Glen - Bolton-Ouest, Eastern Townships, Quebec

Frontenac Park - The park has a new 8km bike path which runs along Lake St. Francis in the Saint Daniel sector. The park has front country camping, beaches, canoe camping and hiking trails.

Lac Megantic-Baie des Sables - the 6.2km trail connects the core of the Lac Megantic with the campers park.

La Route des Vins - 66km, road loop, Farnham, Brigham, Dunham, Stanbridge East, Mystic, Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Sainte-Sabine, Farnham - Recommended for Intermediate Cyclists

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  Chaudiere Appalache, Couer du Quebec, Eastern Townships
 
 
La Chutes de la Chaudiere - 22km, South of Levy to Saint Agapite, Chaudiere-Appalache

Follows the south shore of the St Lawrence east before heading south. Much of the trail is on a seperate bike path but some of it uses roadways.

Connects to the Lotbiniere. Route Verte

 
 
   
  Lotbiniere - 26km, Lyster (northeast) - Saint Agapite (Northeast), Chaudiere-Appalache, Couer du Quebec

The full length of the trail is bikepath without any road travel.

The trail connects in the north to the La Chutes de la Chaudiere and in the south to the Bois Francs Linear Park
Route Verte

Bois Francs Linear Park - 77km, Tingwick - Lyster, Coeur de Quebec

Another abandoned rail corridor (thank you very much) that travels through rural farming areas.

The trail connects to the Asbestos Region Trail in the south and the Lobiniere in the north.
Plessiville, Victoriaville
Route Verte

Asbestos Regions Route Verte Trail - 14km, Richmond - Tingwick

The trail is off road for its entire length.

The trial connects to the Grandes Fourches in the south and the Bois Francs Linear Trail in the north.
Route Verte

Grandes Fourches - 115km, Magog - Sherbrooke, Eastern Townships

The trial follows the Massawippi, Magog and St Francis Rivers. There is a 54km loop around the North Hatley region.

Connects to the Montagnarde at Magog. You can also connect to the Asbestos Regions Route Verte trails by cycling a short section of roadway to Bromptonville from the trail end above Sherbrooke. This trail connects to several others which lead to Levi and Quebec City.
Towns:
Magog, North Hatley, Sherbrooke
Information (819) 821-1919

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Couer du Quebec, Eastern Townships - South of Becancour/Trois Riviere

Saint Francois du Lac to Beconcour - 80km, Saint Francois du Lac-Becancour, Couer du Quebec

The trail follows the south shore of Lac St Pierre which has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve. This area is renown for its birding and nature viewing. The region is rural or semi-urban.Nicolet, Becancour (Trois Riviere), Saint Francois

The trail connects to the Curcuit des Traditions in the south.

Curcuit des Traditions - 58km, Wickham - Saint Pie de Guire (includes the upper part of the Campagnarde)

The trail is made up of paved and crushed gravel sections with some sections on roadways with designated bike lanes. Much of the trial is through urban settings with some within rural areas.

The trail connects to the Saint Francois du Lac to Becancour trail in the north and the Campagnarde in the south.
Towns:
Drummondville - Tourism Drummondville, Wickham, Saint Pie de Guire
Route Verte

Campagnarde - 49km, Drummondville - Waterloo, Eastern Townships, Monteregie, Couer du Quebec, Eastern Townships

The trail is surfaced with crushed gravel and travels in a north/south direction.

Connects to the L' Estriade and if you follow the Route 112 to the east from Waterloo you can reach La Montagnarde. The trail skirts Yamaska Provincial Park.
Route Verte
Towns: Waterloo, Wickham, Drummondville, Warden, Roxton Sud (passes just to the east)
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Quebec City Region

Corridor des Chiminots - 22km, Quebec City - Val Belair, Quebec City Region

The trail connects to the Piste Jacques Cartier/Portneuf in the north.

Roller Blading, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing
Wheelchair Access

Route Verte, Trans Canada Trail

Cyclo Services
Vieux Quebec

Piste Jacques Cartier/Portneuf - 68 km, Saint Gabriel de Valcartier - Riviere a Pierre, Quebec City Region

North east of Quebec City. The trail winds its way around lakes and rivers and through the beautiful hills of the region.

The trail connects to the Corridor des Chiminots in the south and allows access to the
mountain bike trails of the Reserve Faunique de Portneuf in the north.

Crushed gravel. surface.
Connects to Corridor du Littoral

Corridor du Littoral - 50km, Chute Montmorency - St Augustin de Desmaures, Quebec City Region

East of Quebec City along the north shore of the St Lawrence.

Will Connect to Corridor des Chiminots once the link is completed into Quebec City.

Cyclo Services
Vieux Quebec

Les Sentier du Moulin
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Outaouais

Hull, Gatineau and Ottawa - 300km+ Hull, Alymer and Gatineau have an extensive bike path system which winds through the park and follows the shores of the Ottawa River. There are connections into the extensive network of trails across the river in Ottawa which wind along the Ottawa's far shore and follow the Rideau further inland. The pathways connect innumerable parks and points of interest and are one of the best ways to explore the National Captital Region. You'll find a wealth of facilities as well as restaurants and accommodations all along the route.

Pontiac Cycloparc PPJ - 72km, Wyeman - Waltham, Outaouis Region North of Hull The park follows the St Lawrence River above Hull/Ottawa in the Pontiac Region. The trail runs from Wyeman to Waltham (approximately from Arnprior to Pembroke on the Ontario side of the river). The trail is in an area which was significant when lumbering took over from the fur trade as key the industry in our county's development.

The trial passes by the towns of Shawville, Bryson, Campbell's Bay, Vinton and Davidson and Fort Coulonge.

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Abitibi-Temiscamingue

Ligne du Mocassin - 45km, Angliers - Ville Marie, Abitibi-Temiscamingue

Traveling through rural countryside the trail is a reclaimed rail bed.

The trail surface is crushed gravel.

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Bas St Laurent

Petite Temis Inter-provincial Trail - 130km, Riviere du Loup (Quebec) - Edmunston (New Brunswick)

The trial passes Lake Tamiscouta (and the beach at Notre Dame du Lac) and follows the Madawaska River into New Brunswick. The trail surface is crushed gravel. There are a number of small towns on route and parking is available in many of them.

You can access the Rivier du Loup/St Simeon Ferry to reach the north shore of the St Lawrence and the road cycling routes of the Saguenay-Lac St Jean Region.

Towns: Riviere du Loup, Cabano, Degelis, Edmunston
Route Verte, Trans-Canada Trail

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Resources

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Laurentians -
Mont Tremblant
Eastern Townships - Mont Orford, Yamaska
Couer du Quebec - Frontenac
Quebec City Region -
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