In the Laurentians
Mont Tremblant has mountain biking in two sectors, Le Diable (Monroe)
and Pembina. If you're planning to ride the Pembina Sector, you can also
take advantage of the Oureau Forest trails in the Lanaudiere district
just south of the park entrance. Oka provides the closest ride to Montreal
in the Laurentians region.
If you're willing
to travel a little further, Mont Ste Anne, just to the east of Quebec
City, has close to 200km of exceptional trials and is well worth a visit.
While the Gatineau Park and Camp Fortune are another good option just
While it's unfortunate
the city hasn't followed Toronto or Vancouver's lead in opening up trails
for mountain bikes (pity - all those lost tourist dollars), it has tried
to make amends with its excellent cycling network. The bike paths follows
along the island's southern shore from the West Island to the old port,
then onto the eastern end of the island before looping back west again.
This is a part of the over 350km of bikes paths in the city, a fact that
has placed Montreal amongst the top cities for cycling in North America.
The bike path is slowly being extended all around the outside of the island.
Bike maps are available and are heartily recommended given the cities
layout (it should be forgiven for being somewhat haphazard since it's
several hundred years old). Several areas of the city are actually islands
unto themselves and the bike path weaves in and out of them, so it's easy
to get confused.
The surrounding regions
have dozens of bike paths (many of which are converted rail trails or
historic canal tow paths), which connect into the Montreal network and
are being tied together as a part of the Route Verte, the Provinces exceptional
cycling network. In addition there are lots of quiet country roads within
a short distance of the city, particularly in the Eastern Townships, which
has always been a key destination for cyclists. One of the best road tours
your likely to find anywhere is the Tour des Vins, which loops through
Quebec's' wine growing region in the Eastern Townships.
Aerobic Corridor (Corridor Aerobique)
- 60km, Morin Heights,
minimal grade, hardpack, Morin Heights - St Remi d'Amherst
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...
more - Laurentians
- Over 100km of Trials, Lift Served, Fee
Mont Bromont is
perhaps Quebec's finest mountain bike center. Mont Ste Anne and Mont
Tremblant are its nearest competitors and certainly they have great
merit but the quality of Bromont's trail network, the number of trails
you can access from the chair lift and the length of gravity assisted
trails give it an edge. You can spend days here without repeating trails...
more The centre is located about
1hr south east of Montreal off Highway 10, Eastern Townships
Herford - Novice-Extreme
The balance of the
trail network is intermediate, with several expert and extreme runs
as well as two novice trails. All in all a great mix... more
- Eastern Townships
Megantic - 15km, Novice, Jeeptrack.
The trails are used
for cross country skiing in the winter and are mostly easy but you do
have to climb. The trails lead into the huts and tent sites at Andromede
with seven tent sites (6km from the trailhead), Grande Ourse (3km from
the trailhead) with five and Orion with one (5km from the trailhead)...
more - Eastern Townships
Tremblant Park - Novice - Expert, Fee
Bikers can choose from over 75km of jeep track,
dirt road and single track. The trails are predominantly in the Lac
Monroe area but their is an excellent ride of 17km in the Pimbina Sector...
more 2-2.5hrs north of
Montreal from the 117 and the 15, - Laurentians
Park - 7.5km, Intermediate, Fee
park has a 7.5km long intermediate trail just across the highway, in
the north section called Le Sommet. It's a loop trail with some nice
climbs, technical areas and single track... more
30 - 45 minutes north west of Montreal on the 640 from the 13, Laurentians
Forest - Novice - Expert, 100km
The forest has 100km
of trails, 20km of track set ski trials at Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci. Much
of the trail system is open to mountain biking and the trails range
in difficulty from novice to expert. You can camp over night along the
Oureau River... more Just
off Hwy 125 between Chertsey and Notre-Dame-de-Merci in the Lanaudiere
de la Gorge Coaticook Intermediate-Expert, Fee
The park is rapidly
gaining a reputation for great mountain biking trails and for good reason.
This is an excellent area to ride...more
- Eastern Townships
Train du Nord - 200km, St Jerome - Mont Laurier, smooth surface,
minimal grade, fee.
The linear 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, side swipes the Parc Doncaster and continues on through much
of the regions resort areas includeing the Village of Mont Tremblant.
You can start the trail from either end... more
45 minutes north of Montreal on the 15, Laurentians
Bike Paths in the Surrounding Regions
The Aerobic Corridor (Corridor Aerobique) 60km, minimal grade,
hardpack, 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'tit
Train du Nord, through the some of the most beautiful areas in the Laurentians...
de Belle Rivière The park has a trail system for cycling
as well as has a number of hiking trails which are used in the winter
for cross country skiing... More
Bikeway 21km, paved. The bike path weaves its way around the town
of Blaineville in the lower Laurentians... More
Campagnarde - 49km, Drummondville - Waterloo 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... More
Eastern Townships/Monteregie/Couer du Quebec
Vert The park is in a lovely natural area with an extensive trail
system for cycling and hiking as well as cross country skiing in the
winter... More Laurentians
A beautiful nature park a short distance from Ste. Adele. The park follows
the Doncaster River as it makes its way to the Riviere du Nord. The
trials connect to the P'tit Train du Nord... More
- 21.1km, Waterloo - Granby 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)... More
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... More
Megantic-Baie des Sables - the 6.2km trail connects the town core
of Lac Megantic with the campers park... More
Lower Laurentians Linear Park (Basses Laurantides) 27km (5km in the works), St
Jerome - Ste Therese (Rosemere and eventually Laval) This is a new development
which starts just north of Montreal/Laval. When it's completed it will
provide direct access to the P'tit Train du Nord from the Montreal area...
Montagnarde - 50km plus, Stuckley-Sud - Magog 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... More
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... More
Monteregiades (Monteregiades I, II) - 48km, Granby -
Iberville (St Jean sur Richelieu), The trail is fully paved, which makes
for a nice ride, but if the day is particularly hot, you might want
to take advantage of the beach in Farnham, La Plage Ouellette, so bring
you swim suite and a lock for your bike... More
The P'tit Train du Nord 200km,
St Jerome - Mont Laurier, smooth surface, minimal grade, fee. The linear
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, side swipes the Parc Doncaster... More
A beautiful regional park just off highway 15 outside of Saint-Jerome.
The park lies along the P'tit Train du Nord (the Laurentian's rail trail)
on the shores of the Riviere-du-Nord... More
46km, Oka - Saint-Eustache, Lower Laurentians The trail is just north
east of Montreal in the lower Laurentians region of Quebec running from
Oka to St Eustache. It follows the north shore of the St Lawrence...
in the Surrounding Regions
des Vins Eastern Townships -
66km, road route,
Farnham, Mystic, St. Armand, Bedford, Brigham, Dunham, Cowansville,
Brigham, East Farnham. Quebec like the Niagara Region in Ontario and
the Okanagan in B.C. is becoming well know for it's locally produces
wines. Canada is taking home gold medals from France... More
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on cycling in Montreal and the Province of Quebec consult the Route