10 of the Best Bike Trips in Canada

Véloroute des Bleuets, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

The Véloroute des Bleuets is a loop of 256 kilometres around the Lac-Saint-Jean, offering breathtaking views. The terrain is generally flat and paved, allowing the whole circuit to be done in a few days or rather to concentrate on certain sections, depending on the degree of difficulty desired. Many tourist attractions are on the way.

The P’tit Train du Nord, Laurentians

The 232-kilometre P’tit Train du Nord is one of the province’s most famous bike trails. It covers most of the Laurentian region, giving views of enchanting settings. As this is an old railway route, you can also discover stations now used as cafés or cycling stops. Among the most beautiful sections are the section between Prévost and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and that between Labelle and Mont-Laurier.

The Estriade, Montérégie

The Estriade network is very popular with families and offers exceptional views. Like the P’tit Train du Nord, this path was traced on an old railroad track. The route follows the shore of Lake Boivin, the Yamaska River and the Choinière reservoir before crossing numerous fields, hills and valleys.

Lachine Canal, Montreal

Even in the city, it is possible to enjoy several kilometers of bike paths of incredible beauty (more than 100, in this case). This trail connects the Old Port of Montréal to Senneville, along the Lachine canal, its Rapids and Lake Saint-Louis. One section of this route (the pole of the Rapids) has already been named the third most beautiful circuit in the world.

Vélopiste Jacques-Cartier Portneuf, National Capital

Another trail located near an urban environment, the Vélo-Cartier Portneuf is the perfect place to recharge your batteries, thanks to its forests, lakes and rivers. The 68-kilometre trail connects Rivière-à-Pierre with Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, and includes several particularly photogenic sections.

Bicycle network suroit, Monteregie

This paved trail of 41 kilometers is perfect for the family, as it is usually easy, although the wind can sometimes get out of the game. It connects Rivière-Beaudette and Pointe-des-Cascades, offering many views of the St. Lawrence River and the Beauharnois canal.

The Petit Témis, Bas-Saint-Laurent

The Bas-Saint-Laurent offers incredible views that are pleasant to discover on a bicycle. The Petit Témis trail will take you from Rivière-du-Loup to Edmundston, New Brunswick, along 134 kilometres of trails. For discerning athletes (the difference in altitude is important in some places!).

Footpath, Outaouais

Residents and visitors to the Outaouais region can take advantage of this network of more than 30 kilometres, which also goes to Ontario, where it is known as the Ottawa River Trail. It offers a completely different view of the Parliament of Canada and follows the Rideau canal before ending at the Canadian Museum of history in Gatineau.

Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs, Centre-du-Québec

Starting at Tingwick and ending at Lyster, the Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs is an easy 77 km trail for everyone, due to its maximum elevation gain of 2 %. You can drive quietly while admiring the countryside and many fields.

Parc des Îles-de-Boucherville, Montérégie

The parc des Îles-de-Boucherville offers three loops that are located on four islands (Charron and Sainte-Marguerite, the Commune and Grosbois), for a total of 21 kilometres. A perfect outing for the whole family! You might even see white-Tailed deer during your getaway. Many picnic areas are located along the trail.

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