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Old 05-08-07, 09:18 PM   #1
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Touring E. Canada - Montreal ?

Hi- Another question for you Montrealers... I'll be flying into the airport on July 3rd at 5pm with my bike. I have no time to spare and I'm thinking of immediately getting out of town. 1. Is there a public transport way (I know not the metro) to leave from the airport? I will be heading north toward Quebec. 2. If there is no way and I have to peddle, what is the easiest route to leave the airport and head north? I flew into that airport 4 years ago and remember it seemed quite easy to get out of. Would there be any chance of finding free camping (a grassy spot either in a foresty area, or in the suburbs, etc.) about 2-3 hours out of the airport? I don't know how wise a decision this is to try and head out so late. Thank you for any info/tips, etc.
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Old 05-09-07, 05:10 AM   #2
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There's a shuttle that can bring you downtown for 10-12$.

Here are two options for riding out:
http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=937536
http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=937538

Basically, you want to get across that freeway hub south of the airport. The second option goes across the parking lot at the beginning.

Gotta go now... I'll write more later.
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Will you be taking the north shore or the south shore of the St. Lawrence to Quebec?

If you're taking the north shore, you will need to cross the island of Laval, which is populated and ugly. Once you get off Laval and head northeast, you will be in a rural area and yes, you will find places to camp.

If you're taking the south shore to Quebec I suggest that you head south from the airport and take Lakeshore Blvd (le Chemin du Bord du Lac) along the St. Lawrence. That will eventually join the bike path taking you to Old Montreal. The bike path runs into Notre Dame Street. From that point you will be able to see the Jacques Cartier Bridge. The last time I was there, that bridge had a pedestrian/bike path. But you should check with locals about the best bridge to cross the river. Check here: http://www.velo.qc.ca/english/home.lasso

Crossing the Jacques Cartier Bridge you will find yourself in heavily populated and ugly Longueuil. The rural area will begin around Varennes.

So whether you're taking the north or the south shore, you have to clear the ugliness of either laval or Longueuil. Take your pick.

I think you should join a Quebec biking forum and get better advice, especially as to the choice between the north shore and south shore. I would favor the north shore because you won't have to cross a bridge to get into Quebec City, and I think it might be more rural and more scenic. But I could be wrong. I lived in that area for 15 years and biked all around there, but rarely got out of the heavily populated areas.

On one of the Quebec biking forums I posted a home exchange for cyclists and received a ready response. That might work for you as well.
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Old 05-09-07, 08:16 AM   #4
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BTW, Quebec City is considered east of Montreal, not north. The road grid follows the St-Lawrence river so everything is slanted.

You don't have to go through Laval for the north shore. Just follow Lakeshore drive, then take the Lachine bike path into the old port/downtown. Once there, follow Sherbrooke street all the way out of the city. I wouldn't want to ride there in the afternoon though. The street is almost empty in the morning. Michel Gagnon has a detailed route here.

As for stealth camping near Montreal, the only place I can think of is on the south shore, on the seaway. Follow Lakeshore drive, then the shore path to Nun's Island (Île des Soeurs), take the "Estacade" to cross the St-Lawrence. Then you'll find yourself on a large bike path. It seperates the St-Lawrence from the seaway. It's quite empty and you might find a spot there, with a splendid view on Montreal!

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=938013 (check the hybrid view)

From there, continue and take pont de la Concorde or Jacques-Cartier to get back on the island.

Gotta go again, I'm packing for a trip.
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Old 05-09-07, 08:21 AM   #5
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I don't know my schedule yet, but if I'm not working, I'll be glad to take you out the airport, and maybe out of the city. You could crash at my place too. I'll know in a few weeks. I'll probaly have some white gas as well.
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I have done Montreal-Quebec last year using the north shore side. On the north side you have "La route verte" http://www.routeverte.com/ang/. number 5 I think. It scenics and make you avoid as much as possible the ugly part of the trip. They have generic maps on their website and the road is marked. But maybe it`s better to buy their guide ( 20$)

If you choose to go with that route, You don`t need to go through Laval as SaddleUp said. You can follow the bike road along the st-lawrence river...through the city center ( old port ) and then continue on the boulevard Notre-Dame and cross to Repentigny.

You will need to bike probably 3 hours before finding a place to camp.

Hope this help a bit. If you have more question please feel free to ask.

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If you have time to do a more circuitous route, consider crossing the St. Lawrence River, and heading south toward the Eastern Townships. There are many routes east to Quebec City, including a "northern tier" (via Drummondville) and a "southern tier" (via Sherbrooke -- a nice city). I did the southern route one year, via Cookshire and Scotstown, with a detour to Lac Megantic (fantastic!), and then north along the Chaudiere River to Charny, where you catch a ferry to Quebec City.
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Forget about the book La route verte. Unless you want to buy a series of directions. The web and the Ulysses guides and various other tourist documents give you much more, and usually for much less $.
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[QUOTE=Erick L]

As for stealth camping near Montreal, the only place I can think of is on the south shore, on the seaway. Follow Lakeshore drive, then the shore path to Nun's Island (Île des Soeurs), take the "Estacade" to cross the St-Lawrence. Then you'll find yourself on a large bike path. It seperates the St-Lawrence from the seaway. It's quite empty and you might find a spot there, with a splendid view on Montreal!

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That bike path in the middle of the St Lawrence would be way too dangerous for a female to camp there alone. Please don't do that.
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Old 05-11-07, 12:43 PM   #10
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Jimmy Cactus is right: you don't have to go through Laval, sorry. I sent the poster directions for going along Gouin Blvd on the north side of the island. South side is an option too, of course.
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Old 05-14-07, 07:17 PM   #11
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Bumping up the thread. I'm about to do Montréal-Québec via the 138 and I was wondering if there is any significant hills to climb going eastward.

If it's fairly flat, I think i'm gonna do it with my singlespeed (42-16).

Thanks for you help!
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A few tiny ondulations between Repentigny and Berthierville, then completely flat from there to Trois-Rivières and Sainte-Anne-de-la-Péralde. There is a real depression (down then up, total distance: 2 km) when you cross the Jacques-Cartier river in Donnacona and one good climb in Neuville, I think. Apart from that, there are a few minor hills between Grondines and Québec City.

All in all, if you are used to climbing hills on your singlespeed, you might walk or stand twice. Not bad.
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Merci de l'information! I think I will setup my bike 1x9 just for the sake of not having to walk up the hill!!
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