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    Saguenay / Lac-Saint-Jean in Quebec?

    Heya, just curious if anyone has done this route. Looks like there may be some good short (5 day) cycling routes in that area, could be perfect for a week in spring. Assuming, of course, that I can figure out how to get up there....

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    Not rode there myself but a friend has and raved about the stunning views.
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    I scouted the area by car last year with an eye to doing a bike tour later. The two routes I checked may not be suitable for credit card touring as accommodations and towns tend to be far apart. But I saw good camping possibilities along the way.

    The route that starts just east of Taddousac and heads north-west toward Sainte-Rose-du-Nord was very lush and very hilly. The road takes you right up to the fjord at times. I did not get as far north as Lac St Jean, so cannot comment. I have heard, however, that there is a bike route around the Lake, and that riding is good. On the way back to the St. Lawrence River, I passed through La Baie, and south-east through Saguenay Park, which was stunning.

    So if you are happy to camp, travel long distances between towns, and tackle steep hills, it would be fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acantor
    So if you are happy to camp, travel long distances between towns, and tackle steep hills, it would be fantastic!
    H'm, good to know.... It certainly looks pretty in the photos. Some of the info I saw suggested that it's only 35-50 miles between hotels / towns up there, which is not a problem even if it's hilly. I don't usually camp but am not averse to ultralight camping. I also have a feeling his region has better bike tourist support than Nova Scotia, but I could be wrong.

    Any idea how I could get to that area without a car? I live in the NYC area, and it'd be great if I didn't have to drive up there.

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    www.veloroute-bluets.qc.ca If you haven't already checked this site out, it has lots of info about riding around Lac St-Jean. Suspect that you could take a bus to Montreal then to Quebec City and up from there. Check greyhound.ca and that might be useful.

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    The wind she blow like hell on lac St. Jean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe
    Any idea how I could get to that area without a car? I live in the NYC area, and it'd be great if I didn't have to drive up there.
    From Montreal, consider taking the train to Rimouski, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, and then take the ferry boat to Forestville. If I remember correctly, it's a day by bike from Forestville to Tadoussac on not overly hilly roads. (Things get much hillier as you approach Tadousaac.) I think Tadoussac would be a good place to start such a trip, but ask around first.

    The summer I toured Charlevoix, there was a town closer to Tadoussac with ferry service from the south shore, but it was not running. Maybe check Bonjour Quebec to find current routes: 1-866-BONJOUR.

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    Visit this thread if you haven't seen it. Amazing photos. I believe this is the same area you are referring to:

    http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php...ghlight=quebec

    http://www.borealphoto.com/articles/...005_photos.htm

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    Aroundoz, looks like that individual went from Montreal up to the area.

    Looks like it'd take me about 7-8 hours to get to Montreal (probably by bus), and another 7 hours by train to get to Jonquiere (right next to Saguenay). Unfortunately that's a lot of travel time for a one-week stint....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe
    Aroundoz, looks like that individual went from Montreal up to the area.
    That's correct. I rode south of the Saguenay river from La Baie (nowhere near the shore, and it turned out to be route verte N°8) and circled the lake counter-clockwise. The Saguenay/Lac St-Jean part starts with this picture. The Véloroute des bleuets (Blueberry bike route) is easy riding with lots of services along.

    I rode the Saguenay fjord part a month ago: http://www.borealphoto.com/articles/...nay_photos.htm

    It is much more difficult. There is about 3000m of climbing over 300km. Some people want to make bike route aimed at cyclists in search of a challenge. It's a beautiful route except you never actually see the fjord unless you take the side roads going to villages (well worth it). There are full services in Tadoussac/Baie-Ste-Catherine, Sacré-Coeur/Rivière-Ste-Marguerite, Ste-Rose-du-Nord and St-Fulgence on the north side and St-Félix-d'Otis, Rivière Éternité (not many), Anse-St-Jean, Petit Saguenay and St-Siméon on the south side. The rest of the "villages" on my Mapart map are a few houses or a single cabin. For those interested, the north side along the Ste-Marguerite river is wild camping paradise.

    For the Saguenay, you can go by train with Via Rail or bus with Intercar. Another option is going to Rivière-du-Loup on the St-Lawrence south coast by train or bus with Orléans Express and take the ferry to St-Siméon.

    I think it's a lot of terrain to cover in 5 days.

    Edit: Correction made as per Michel's note below.
    Last edited by Erick L; 09-30-06 at 11:23 PM.
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    One minor clarification to Éric's post: The Trois-Pistoles – Les Escoumins ferry has been shut off for the last two Summers because the ferry terminals are in disrepair. They are supposed to operate again in 2007... except repairs haven't started yet on these terminals.

    The ferry Rivière-du-Loup – Saint-Siméon operates normally.
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