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Old 06-29-09, 05:43 PM   #1
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Chemin du Roy or P'tit du Nord

I'm debating between cycling the P'tit du Nord from Mt. Laurier to St. Jerome and the Chemin du Roy from Montreal to Quebec. I don't have time for both, so for anybody who has done both, which would you recommend in terms of scenery? The rail trails around my town tend to feel closed in, as if I'm cycling through a tunnel because the trees are right up against the trail. Does the Nord have this issue, and if so, how much of the trail have it?
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I havent done he whole of the Petit Train du Nord, and much of the route is through the woods,but with the surrounding hills and the lakes, the view doesnt feel restricted. The first third from Mt Laurier is paved. The rest is firm enough for 28 mm tires, but wont be so easy after rain. The Chemin du Roi is through farming countryside with river views, but you share the road with motor traffic (not bad). Being near the river it is likely to be cooler in the summer.
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I've cycled the P'tit t Train du Nord and the Montreal to Trois-Rivieres section of the Chemin du Roy and I would pick the P'tit Tren du Nord for the scenery.
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I'm debating between cycling the P'tit du Nord from Mt. Laurier to St. Jerome and the Chemin du Roy from Montreal to Quebec. I don't have time for both, so for anybody who has done both, which would you recommend in terms of scenery? The rail trails around my town tend to feel closed in, as if I'm cycling through a tunnel because the trees are right up against the trail. Does the Nord have this issue, and if so, how much of the trail have it?
Both offer pretty amazing scenery. Le P'tit train du Nord is more woodlands and mountainous terrain, made easy by the train right-of-way with its never more than 4% grade. You will not find the closed in feeling here.

The Chemin du Roy has more history and the St-Lawrence River as the backdrop. You share some portions with traffic, but the Route Verte generally follows the old Chemin du Roy and less travelled backroads. The part leaving Montreal Island is not very pretty. I prefer riding on the South Shore to Sorel/Tracy, then taking the ferry across to the North Shore to rejoin the Route verte. Much prettier and safer at that...

For a first trip, you probably have more fun on the P'tit Train du Nord. There is a shuttle that will take you to Mont-Laurier from St-Jerome if you do not want to ride both ways(http://www.lepetittraindunord.com/EN/index.html).

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