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    best bike trail near Montreal and Quebec

    Greetings to my northern neighbors. My wife and I are planning a 2-3 week trip to your lovely country. We plan to visit Quebec and Montreal with visits to Mnt Tremblant and other nearby parks. Can some of you recommend some enjoyable bike trails or post some links. Thanks, Charlie

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    I'm going to Le P'tit Train du Nord in August. That passes right by Mt Tremblant.
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    This site link, http://www.routeverte.com/ang/ is also a excellent source for bike trails throughout Quebec.
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    In Quebec City...

    - "Corridor des Cheminots" (Route Verte #6), starting near the old port (jonction is under the viaducs before Domaine Maizerêt) and going about 100km northwest to Rivière-à-Pierre. The changes to "Piste Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf" and is crushed stone for the last 65km or so.

    - You can ride east on the north shore to Montmorency falls on a bike path, and continue much further on a designated cycling route (in other words: a quiet road).

    - You ride west on the north shore. Not sure how far it goes.

    - Take the ferry to Levis and ride east or west. Really nice. Ferry was 2.70$ one-way last week.

    If you're looking for MTB trails, check Mont-Ste-Anne. I don't do MTB so I can't help much but it's a MTB mecca with a annual world cup event so it must be good.
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    Are you bike touring? if you are, you could go from Montreal to Mont-Laurier (via Tremblant) and back. Then to Quebec and back to Montreal, all without leaving the bike trails...

    Look up the Route Verte. Definitely worth it.

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    Thank you very much. I am printing out the posts. While I have your attention I was going to buy Moons book on both cities. Any other books? Can you recommend any good city street maps of this area?
    I will not be touring as the wife will be with me. She bikes but does not carry the same passion for the sport as do I. Someday I hope to tour up there. In fact one of my goals is to tour from this region southward during the peak fall colors. I will ride until the weather turns or the leaves are gone.
    Thanks, Charlie

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    Charlie --

    Used to live up there and will be in Montreal and then the Eastern townships next week.

    Montreal has a great ride along the Lachine canal, which you can follow from old montreal all the way to lachine (maybe 20 miles or so) and back. You can also branch off it and go to the grand prix track and ride on a breakwater in the middle of the St Lawrence river.

    PM me if you'd like to try to get together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
    Thank you very much. I am printing out the posts. While I have your attention I was going to buy Moons book on both cities. Any other books? Can you recommend any good city street maps of this area?
    I will not be touring as the wife will be with me. She bikes but does not carry the same passion for the sport as do I. Someday I hope to tour up there. In fact one of my goals is to tour from this region southward during the peak fall colors. I will ride until the weather turns or the leaves are gone.
    Thanks, Charlie
    This book is a great resource for biking in Quebec. It lists all of the Bike paths of the Route Verte with decent city maps (always bike-oriented)

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrien View Post
    Charlie --

    Used to live up there and will be in Montreal and then the Eastern townships next week.

    Montreal has a great ride along the Lachine canal, which you can follow from old montreal all the way to lachine (maybe 20 miles or so) and back. You can also branch off it and go to the grand prix track and ride on a breakwater in the middle of the St Lawrence river.

    PM me if you'd like to try to get together.
    I won't be up there until late July. Will you still be there? Thanks for the Montreal bike routes. Charlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpmartineau View Post
    This book is a great resource for biking in Quebec. It lists all of the Bike paths of the Route Verte with decent city maps (always bike-oriented)
    I will check this book out. 2nd member to point out this area, routeverte. Thaanks Charlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
    I won't be up there until late July. Will you still be there? Thanks for the Montreal bike routes. Charlie
    alas, no. this pesky need to make a living keeps messing with my plans.

    that said, i'll be back by then so will think of you and do some reconaissance while up there next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrien View Post
    alas, no. this pesky need to make a living keeps messing with my plans.

    that said, i'll be back by then so will think of you and do some reconaissance while up there next week.
    Please do and fill me in. work does get in the way of living

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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
    Greetings to my northern neighbors. My wife and I are planning a 2-3 week trip to your lovely country. We plan to visit Quebec and Montreal with visits to Mnt Tremblant and other nearby parks. Can some of you recommend some enjoyable bike trails or post some links. Thanks, Charlie
    Hi Charlie,

    You may want to check out the Bike & Boat approach. You bike, she cruises (and maybe bikes a little).

    The P'tit Train du Nord bike path is a definite, especially if you are in Mt-Tremblant. There is a bike path network that connects the P'tit Train du Nord trail to the Intrawest Mt-Tremblant village complex. There are many choices of accomodations.

    There is a really nice loop in Quebec City that runs down the St-Lawrence River (Corridor du Littoral) then Route Verte to Donnacona, then up the Jacques-Cartier River to Pont-Rouge, then Dansereau Park trail to St-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier then back to Quebec City via the Corridor des Cheminots trail (dowhill to Quebec City for 24 km)

    We just biked from Quebec City to Portneuf on the Route Verte and the ride was fantastic.

    Another interesting ride in Quebec City is the St-Charles River Cycling trail. You go up one side of the river, then come back down the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHoude View Post
    Hi Charlie,

    You may want to check out the Bike & Boat approach. You bike, she cruises (and maybe bikes a little).

    The P'tit Train du Nord bike path is a definite, especially if you are in Mt-Tremblant. There is a bike path network that connects the P'tit Train du Nord trail to the Intrawest Mt-Tremblant village complex. There are many choices of accomodations.

    There is a really nice loop in Quebec City that runs down the St-Lawrence River (Corridor du Littoral) then Route Verte to Donnacona, then up the Jacques-Cartier River to Pont-Rouge, then Dansereau Park trail to St-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier then back to Quebec City via the Corridor des Cheminots trail (dowhill to Quebec City for 24 km)

    We just biked from Quebec City to Portneuf on the Route Verte and the ride was fantastic.

    Another interesting ride in Quebec City is the St-Charles River Cycling trail. You go up one side of the river, then come back down the other.

    Ron
    Thanks Ron
    Another question for everyone. We will be in B&Bs/hotels and similar places. How are they(generally) for taking our bikes? Safe to leave outside?? In our rooms?? What is the norm(not that I am normal). Thanks again. departure day is coming up. charlie
    EDIT: bike tour looks interesting
    Last edited by balto charlie; 07-08-08 at 02:22 PM. Reason: adding info

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    Quote Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
    Thanks Ron
    Another question for everyone. We will be in B&Bs/hotels and similar places. How are they(generally) for taking our bikes? Safe to leave outside?? In our rooms?? What is the norm(not that I am normal). Thanks again. departure day is coming up. charlie
    EDIT: bike tour looks interesting
    Hi Charlie,

    One way to ensure your bikes get treated as well as you is to look for the 'Bienvenue Cyclistes' (i.e. Welcome Cyclists) certification of the Inn or B&B. The places that have this certification garantee they will have a secure and dry place to put your bike away. Sometimes, this means they will allow you to take your bike in your room (as in the Delta hotel in Trois-Rivieres). In many cases, a locked storage area will be available.

    More information on the Bienvenue Cyclistes certification can be found on the Vélo-Québec web site (http://www.routeverte.com/rv/index_e...enuecycliste_e)

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    I would also recommand a tour in the Montérégie region, lots of cycling paths, a great network of B&B's, great scenery, almost infinite road combinations. Can get pretty hilly though but there a a big number of little villages here and there where you can stop for the night, or enjoy a fresh pastry with an espresso. You can find lots of info on the Route verte site http://www.Routeverte.com

    If you want more info on that region, I'll be glad to give you more!

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    Well folks I returned and rode many of the the trails you guys suggested
    Different parts of Route Verte, Jacque Cartier, P'tit train du Nord, Lachine Canal, Montreal bike paths, St. Charles River, Ile d'Orleans and some others. Excellent cycling. Quebec is such a beautiful city and Montreal is a real funky place that is truly a cycling town(loved the tom-toms). Weather was great even with the daily deluge. Mostly sunny and 75F/25C. People were friendly, microbrews tasty, flowers everywhere!! The drivers(in Montreal) were very respectful and courteous to cyclist. I shall return. I want to thank all of you for helping make my trip so enjoyable. Merci, Charlie

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    Just wanted to say thanks for this thread. I'll be in Montreal with my bike this weekend, and I'm printing out the Route Verte info.
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