Want to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Québec by bike? Whether you’re looking for the perfect family cycling trip, the chance to escape for a few days or something designed to challenge your endurance, these ideas are sure to inspire and excite!
Each description suggestion includes a difficulty rating, indicated by a number of bikes. The more bikes, the steeper the incline and the more challenging the terrain.
For further information on each of our recommendations, including the type of surface and a detailed route map, simply click on the links to our interactive application.
Although most of the suggested loops and out-and-back routes are part of the Route Verte, some stretches fall outside the network and are therefore not signposted.
SHORES OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
Ottawa | Ontario
Ride along the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal and discover Parliament Hill, the ByWard Market and numerous museums in Gatineau and Ottawa.
Hard-core cyclists will enjoy the challenge of the Appalachian foothills and the Montée des Vallons. Want to take your time? Opt for the more scenic route: check out the Warwick covered bridge or ride around the Réservoir-Beaudet park and take advantage of its many bird-watching opportunities.
BETWEEN THE RIVER AND THE MOUNTAINS AND PARCOURS DES ANSES
Québec City Area | Chaudière-Appalaches
The loop known as “Entre fleuve et montagnes” (Between the River and the Mountains) is just the thing for avid cyclists looking for a mix of on-road and off-road trails set against a picturesque backdrop.
The Corridor du Littoral and Parcours des Anses loops and Chutes Montmorency round trip are easier and fun for the whole family.
One of Québec’s most celebrated bicycle trails, Véloroute des Bleuets circles the majestic Lac Saint-Jean and is the perfect destination for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Be sure to stop and enjoy the beaches, picturesque villages and blueberry fields along the way.
On one side, you can ride along the Route des Baleines and the Manicouagan Peninsula. On the other is the Route des Navigateurs and the Parc national du Bic. Nestled between the two, the St. Lawrence River as far as the eye can see and three ferry lines to discover both shores.
Leaving from Kamouraska, these trails start along the Route des Navigateurs, hugging the banks of the St. Lawrence River, and then turn off into the mysterious monadnocks, the rock formations that give the landscape its unique topography.