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The top 5 cycling routes for road and gravel biking in Quebec

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July 21, 2022

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Woman riding a bike on the cycling routesof Quebec

You’ve just purchased a gravel or road bike, or you already have one and you’re looking for some breathtaking spots where you can test it out? 4000 Hikes tell you where to find the most beautiful cycling routes to explore throughout Quebec.

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1. Cycling route in Mauricie National Park, Mauricie region

Mauricie National Park

Hoping to discover a cycling route that’s perfect for riding a bike while taking on some impressive hills? A stop at La Mauricie National Park is a must. Located north of Shawinigan, this park is known for its demanding up- and downhill sections, as well as its typical Canadian Shield landscapes. The road reveals itself slowly through a series of ascents and descents, which means you can keep a good cadence while still working your muscles, and your technique. You can feast your eyes on the many lakes scattered along the main road, including lake Wapizagonke, located halfway through the park. There is a wide shoulder on the road for most of the way, and as it was repaved within the last few years, the smooth road surface is bound to impress you. Rumour has it that cyclists consider it a must, so we’re talking serious business here!

Alternative cycling route: should you wish to enjoy the amazing park road without riding the entire suggested route, one of its popular stopping points is the Passage Lookout. This spot provides a view over lake Wapizakonke. Once you’re done enjoying the vistas, which are bound to charm you, you can turn around and make your route a round trip, covering around 60 kilometers with an elevation gain of over 1000 meters.

Alternative route for gravel bikes: there is a beautiful 55-kilometer network within La Mauricie National Park. Many roundtrip or looping cycling paths await those who are particularly passionate about this type of cycling.

  • Distance: 107,4 km
  • Elevation gain: 1906 m
  • Departure point: Rivière-à-la-Pêche parking lot
  • Type: roundtrip
  • Surfaces: Paved

Cycling route overview

2. Lake Mégantic tour, Estrie region

Lake Mégantic tour, Estrie region

Another cycling route with a bit of a kick to it is the tour of Lake Mégantic. Allowing you to discover the municipalities of Frontenac, Piopolis and, of course, Lac-Mégantic, the route around the lake provides a good elevation gain, especially towards the end of the route. Now well-known thanks to the Canada Man/Woman extreme triathlon, the region has a lot to offer cyclists and sports enthusiasts looking for new challenges. It is also possible to register for the Tour du Lac event, held each year in early June and aimed at people of all abilities. A shuttle is available from the town of Piopolis, which is just before the steepest hills on the circuit.

Alternative cycling route: if you are both experienced and very motivated, you can get to the observatory located on top of the Mont Mégantic in addition to the main tour. This will add a good uphill climb to your ride, but also several beautiful lookouts.


Alternative route for gravel bikes: within the same area, you can find the Mini Compostelle of Mégantic route, with several paths which allow you to fully circle Mont Mégantic. Stunning landscapes and a good climb await those who wish to discover the area.

  • Distance: 66,5 km
  • Elevation gain: 615 m
  • Departure point: Lac-Mégantic marina, clockwise
  • Type: loop
  • Surface: Paved

Cycling route overview

3. Lake Saint-Jean tour, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region

Lake Saint-Jean tour, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region

Here is a cycling project that can be spread over several days. Well known for the beauty of its lake and its warm welcome, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region benefits from an extensively developed network of cycling paths. It is possible to explore it all using the 230-kilometer itinerary, which we suggest spreading over one, two, three or even four days depending on what you are looking for. Crossing several towns, the route is dotted with accommodation options and easy-to-find restaurants, which means you can recuperate after each day on the bike. It’s worth knowing that a total escape awaits those who choose to take on this classic cycling route.

Alternative route for gravel bikes: the Pointe-Taillon sector features a 45 km route, particularly suited to gravel biking. You will have the opportunity to ride through the heart of nature, as well as admire beaches and local wildlife.

  • Distance: 230,1 km
  • Elevation gain: 1267 m
  • Departure point: Chambord, clockwise
  • Type: Loop
  • Surface: Paved

Cycling route overview

4. Cycling route in Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park, Laurentides region

Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park, Laurentides region

For those hoping to take on a sporting challenge, either solo or as part of a team, Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park is the perfect playground. This adventure can take on many forms, whether that’s a relay with others or a solo roundtrip. One thing is certain, tranquility and nature await you. It’s worth mentioning that your road cycling tires will do just fine, but you may want to use a gravel bike as there are a few stone dust sections. If you are looking for an activity for the whole family rather than a longer bike ride, it’s possible to park in several places along the way, allowing you to choose your own distance.

  • Distance: 202,5 km
  • Elevation gain: 1415 m
  • Departure point: Saint-Jérôme train station, Mont-Laurier
  • Type: Point A to Point B
  • Surface: Paved with stone dust sections

Cycling route overview

5. The Gaspésie tour, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region

The Gaspésie tour, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region

Favourite amongst tourists, the Gaspésie region offers many opportunities for cyclists! In addition to its warm and welcoming people, it features many tourist attractions. You can treat yourself to local Favourite amongst tourists, the Gaspésie region offers many opportunities for cyclists! In addition to its warm and welcoming people, it features many tourist attractions. You can treat yourself to local culinary specialties along the way, which will allow you to regain strength. The sea air and wind (sometimes strong, but always refreshing), create a perfect mix that will both entice you and render your experience unique. Whether you are travelling light or biking and camping, there are no better ways to explore this section of the Quebec province than on two wheels.

Alternative cycling route: for a quick discovery ride on your bike, stopover at Forillon park, which is sure to amaze you. It is perfect for cyclists and features several lookout points. A few sections are covered with stone dust, which could make gravel biking an ideal activity.

  • Distance: 888,4 km
  • Elevation gain: 9444 m
  • Departure point: Matane
  • Type: Loop, clockwise
  • Surface: Paved

Cycling route overview

 

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