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11 bike circuits for great hikes in Quebec

Searching for bike circuits in Quebec? Good weather is back! Nothing better to break with daily stress than to get on your bike and discover magical places in our beautiful province. Hours of pedaling while watching the breathtaking landscapes scroll in front of you, enjoy these magical moments and forget everything else, the time of a ride …

Read our article on how to choose the right bike if you do not have one. But you should know that we are experiencing a global bicycle shortage. Hopefully, you can still get one.

We present to you 11 bike circuits to make the most beautiful hikes in Quebec and enjoy the benefits of the outdoors. You will find a cycle route adapted to your level whether you are a beginner or an expert.

 

Montreal bike tours

Lachine Canal Trail – 13.5 km

It is perfect for a family hike since it’s a totally flat course. It has beautiful green spaces and old buildings. The track follows the canal for 13.5 km, from the Bonaventure Expressway, west of the Old Port, to Chemin du Musée, in Lachine. You can even stop by the Atwater Market for a gourmet break.

Along the way, you will equally find relaxation areas and picnic tables.

Parking, fountain and toilets available on site.

 

Piste des Berges – 21.7 km

This bike path goes from Verdun in Montreal to the City of Dorval. It runs along the St. Lawrence River to  Saint-Louis lake. You will have the opportunity to walk past the famous Fleming windmill in LaSalle and discover many heritage attractions. Many picnic areas are arranged along the route.

 

bike circuits montreal

Quebec City Bike Tours

 Île d’Orléans tour – 67 km 

The Félix-Leclerc circuit takes the Royal Road (route 368) which circles the island. On this course, you will be charmed by several attractions: historic buildings, vineyards, chocolate factories, microbreweries, smells and colors of all kinds. The car traffic here is very dense during the weekend so it is ideal to go there during the week.

There are other easier circuits on the island:

  • Beaulieu circuit: 20 km
  • Jacques-Cartier circuit: 32.9 km
  • Bell tower circuit: 38.9 km

Download the map of Île d’Orléans

 

Corridor de la Rivière Saint-Charles – 9 km

It is an easy route, fully landscaped away from traffic. It runs along the two banks of the Saint-Charles River. Part of the circuit has a parallel footpath. As the main attraction on the trip, you can discover the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site. You can even take a picnic break on the grass.

Free and paid on-site parking.

 

Cycling routes in the Laurentians

La Vagabonde – 40 Km

Beginner level, this cycle route runs along the Rivière des Mille-Îles and Lac des Deux-Montagnes. It crosses the towns of Saint-Eustache, Deux-Montagnes, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Oka and Saint-Placide.

Laid out far from the roads, this route is perfect for family outings but also suitable for a sporting hike. Take the opportunity to stop at Parc national d’Oka or swim at Oka beach!

It is possible to start your route at different places depending on the number of kilometers you plan to cover in your day.

Free parking near the track.

Download the La Vagabonde route

 

La Grande virée – 42 km

Intermediate level, this loop crosses the cities of Mirabel, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Joseph-Du-Lac and Oka. You will be able to visit on your way cider houses, vineyards and other installations of manufacture of alcoholic products. Beware of excess, however …

Rest stops available.

Laurentians Bike Circuit

 

Cycling routes in Montérégie

The Saint-Timothée basin loop – 8 km

 Located in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, it is an 8Km route safe for families as it allows you to cycle from island to island, straddling dykes and dams. If you live in Montreal, just go to the small town of Les Cèdres. From there, a river shuttle (round trip $5, one way $3, duration 5min) will take you to Île aux Vaches, which is where the excursion begins.

Along the way, you will have the pleasure of crossing Hydro Quebec dams, admiring century-old houses or stopping off on a small beach in a cove.

 

Bike circuits in the Eastern Townships

Baie-des-Sables – Chaudière River cycle path – 6.5 km

This route links the Baie-des-Sables Tourist Station and the city of Lac-Mégantic and it is  ideal for family outing. You may be lucky enough to meet a deer. Be sure to stop at Baie-des-Sables beach or visit the Veterans Park and the marina.

 

Richmond – Danville – Warwick Circuit – 39 km

Departure  from this circuit is at Old Richmond Station as it is built on an old railway line. Along the way, you will discover agricultural fields, the Slate Interpretation Center, the Burbank Pond with its 200 species of birds, not to mention the magnificent Marie-Victorin Park and its giant mosaiculture.

To discover other cycle paths, do not hesitate to visit the Eastern Townships website.

 

Bike circuits in Lanaudière

Saint-Donat Family Bike Path – 6.2 km

Easy level, this circuit is located in the heart of the village of Saint-Donat and is perfect for a family outing. You can swim at the beach of Lake Archambault and take advantage of the many activities offered at Parc des Pionniers.

 

Gourmet cycling route – 75 km

Intermediate level, this circuit will introduce you to charming agro-tourism businesses and shops selling regional products. You will find everything you need for a picnic at the magnificent Dorwin Falls Park where pets are accepted. Natural and cultural places also line this route.

You will find other cycling routes on the Lanaudière region website.

As you can see, our beautiful province is full of magnificent cycles routes waiting to be explored. These bike tours are perfect for isolating yourself from the daily grind, whether it’s for a family ride on the weekends or for more sporty routes.

There exist many other cycling paths in SEPAQ parks and you could even rent a bike there. Rental is free for children under 17 in a family context.

Don’t forget to download this map of bike lanes in Greater Montreal produced by Vélo Québec. You may also find some apps for cycling tours useful.