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A gorgeous ride through quiet forests, beside lakes & rivers and through small towns...
This Rail-trail travels through the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec along the route of a former Canadian Pacific Railway that linked Montreal to Mont Laurier. We ride southeast from Mont Laurier to St. Jerome covering 128 miles (206 km) over 4 days. The region is French. It is spectacularly scenic. It is a biking foodie’s dream.
Completed in 1996, the path is 50% paved and 50% stone dust, smooth enough even for a road bike. The trail winds beside Riviere Rouge in the north and Riviere du Nord in the southern part of the trail. And this is lake country. We ride past Lac Nominingue, Lac Tremblant, and Lac Carre as well as smaller lakes. This is stunning north country with forests and waterways filling the landscape.
We also encounter many villages along the trail. Nominigue, Riviere-Rouge, Macaza, La Belle, Mont Tremblant (Saint Jovite), St Faustin Lac-Carre (Mont Blanc), Ste Agathe-des Monts, Val-David, Mont-Rolland, all lie either directly beside or just off the trail. Many of these locations have restored the train stations originally built for the old railway. These now serve as trailhead facilities.
On the trail our accommodations are at auberges along the way. These small inns provide not only unique surroundings but also memorable evening meals. When you add that to our picnic lunches beside the trail, at a covered bridge, and at the station in St Faustin, you can see why this trip is a foodie favorite.
NOTE: Senior Cycling is partnering with Velo Quebec Voyages, who will be operating the tour in Quebec on behalf of Senior Cycling. The two companies work closely together to ensure a true Senior Cycling experience for all participants. This includes traveling with small groups, a relaxed pace, daily happy hour and excellent trail support. Velo Quebec Voyages is a non-profit company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
- 4 nights lodging in 2 and 3 star hotel or inn (double occupancy);
- 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners;
- Daily informal evening meeting with light snacks (grapes, fruit, cheese, crackers) and beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks);
- Sag support (mechanical assistance and van ride, if needed)
- Luggage transportation (one bag per person, 33 lb. maximum)
- Daily route plans
- Airfare/transportation beginning and ending points
- Alcohol with meals
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry
- Gratuities for guides
- Travel protection plan
- Pre-& post-trip hotel
- Bike rental
We meet riders in Saint Jerome and van to our hotel in Mont Laurier, about a 2 hour ride. We get bikes ready and gather for our first meeting. We van to a local restaurant for dinner.
Biking Miles: 0
Accomodations: Best Western Plus Mont Laurier
Meals included: Dinner
We bike from Mont Laurier to Lac Nominingue with a picnic lunch beside the trail. Our night''s stay is on a beautiful lake.
Biking Miles: 34
Accomodation: Auberge Chez Ignace, Nominingue Village
Meals Included: Breakfast (at hotel), Lunch, Dinner
We leave Nominingue and bike to Mont Tremblant (Saint-Jovite). We have a picnic lunch just off the trail. Our night’s lodging is at the trendy and modern 3-star AX Hotel in the heart of the village of St. Jovite
Biking miles: 40
Accomodations: AX Hotel Mont-Tremblant
Meals Included: Breakfast (at hotel), Lunch
We bike from Mont Tremblant to St Faustin for a picnic lunch at one of the many stations along the trail. The afternoon brings us past waterfalls into the village of Val David.
Biking miles: 24
Accomodations: Hotel Super 8 Sainte-Agathe
Meals Included: Breakfast (at hotel), Lunch, Dinner
26 miles –On our last day we bike from Val David to St. Jerome, the official end of the trail for us. Some riders stop for lunch in the town of Prevost but most choose to wait and enjoy lunch at one of St. Jerome’s cafes.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
This tour’s trail has a crushed stone surface. It is quite smooth and suitable for all bicycles, but a larger tire will provide more stability.
Suggested bicycle: Touring bikes, road bikes, hybrids
Suggested tire size for this tour: 28mm – 37mm (or larger)
2,510$ CAD (Canadian dollars) per person (based on double occupancy)
340$ CAD – Single Supplement (extra price to have your own room)
160$ CAD – Hybrid Bike Rental
340$ CAD – Road Bike Rental
385$ CAD - E-bike Rental
150$ CAD - Deposit, non-refundable
NOTE: Senior Cycling is partnering with Velo Quebec Voyages, who will be operating the tour in Quebec on behalf of Senior Cycling. The two companies work closely together to ensure a true Senior Cycling experience for all participants. This includes traveling with small groups, a relaxed pace, daily happy hour and excellent trail support. Velo Quebec Voyages is a non-profit company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Registrants will be contacted Velo Quebec Voyages within the next 1-2 business days to complete booking after registering here with Senior Cycling.
Your Travel Plans
If you are driving: For this tour we meet riders in St. Jerome at the public parking lot near the train station. There are self service kiosks at the lot where you can purchase parking tickets and leave your car here during our tour.
If you are flying, use Montreal Pierre Trudeau International Airport. Use ground transportation to meet us at our St. Jerome train station meeting location. More details will follow prior to the tour.
At the end of the tour we will arrive by bicycle back at the St. Jerome public parking lot.