National Geographic, in its latest edition of Journeys of a Lifetime has rated Quebec's Route Verte as the Top Bicycle Route in the world.
I am a frequent rider on the Route Verte and I have travelled around the USA and Europe and can only agree with National Geographic's selection. My girlfriend and I have met many cycling visitors to the Province and everyone has mentioned to us how impressed they are with how cyclists are treated here and how many people they meet on their bikes.
I am a particular fan of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy program in the USA and am always pleased to see how many decommissioned railways were integrated into the Route Verte. Our favourite stretches of route include
- Route 1 between Richmond and Quebec City which uses the old Grand Trunk railway right-of-way;
- Route 6 between Quebec City and Riviere-a-Pierre which follows the old CN rail right-of-way and what was the one of the first steel-on-wood railways in Canada;
- Route 2 between St-Jerome and Mont-Laurier, commonly referred to the the "P'tit Train du Nord" (a.k.a. "Little Train of the North");
- Route 5 which follows in great part the old "Chemin du Roy", which was the first road built in Canada in the 18th Century to allow the transfer of the Royal Mail between Quebec City and Montreal;
- Route 6 between Riviere-du-Loup and the border of New Brunswick (towards Edmunstion), especially the segment between Cabano and Degelis along Lake Temiscouata, another converted railroad right-of-way.