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Old 07-27-08, 08:41 PM   #1
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Quebec to Forillon route suggestions

Hi all --

I'm now considering options for tours for summer 2009 (July). One of interest is Quebec to Parc National Forillon. Briefly, the route includes:

Quebec, follow the 138 to Baie-Comeau
Ferry from Baie-Comeau to St-Jerome-De-Matane
St-Jerome-De-Matane, follow 132 along north peninsula to Forillon.

A Google map below shows the route in general (specific riding through cities have not been planned).

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...4,8.217773&z=7

This will be a fully loaded tour with plans to camp as often as possible.

Any thoughts or recommendations for alternations to this route? I've read that the north shore of the St. Lawrence north of Quebec is very scenic so that explains my interest in taking 138. Is this road bicycle friendly?

I've also read the northern section of the Gaspe Penisula is scenic hence my option for the 132 north. Any thoughts on that particular road?

Is stealth camping a suitable, possible option along these routes, or that frowned upon in this area?

Have any here experienced flying with bicycle from the Gaspe Airport? Any difficulties encountered?

It seems the route I have mapped follows little of the Route Verte, which is unfortunate, but given what I have read about this area, the routes I note above seem to be the more scenic. What are your thoughts?

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Old 07-27-08, 10:22 PM   #2
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Erick L has posted some great photos and information of some of the area you are describing. I imagine he will chime in shortly or you might try PMing him. He responded to me several months back so I am hoping he still doesn't mind answering questions about this area.
http://www.bikeforums.net/members/erick-l-4600.html
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Old 07-27-08, 11:20 PM   #3
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The North Shore of the St. Lawrence river is really scenic, but only to a point.

So, if you are not afraid of hills, I would suggest riding highway 360 from Québec to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré to Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, then highway 138 to Baie-Saint-Paul, then highway 362 to La Malbaie.

That stretch is really hilly, with lots of 14-18% grades that are a few km long. The scenery is gorgeous. If you feel like it and don't mind backtracking, go down to Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive (warning : steep downhill) and to L'Île-aux-Coudres

From La Malbaie, you could take a side trip in the back country to Rivière-Malbaie (Éric has better instructions on that one)... and then you are back on highway 138. However, East of that point, you'll get all the traffic, limited shoulders and only a few nice vistas. I would recommend that you either take the ferry Saint-Siméon - Rivière-du-Loup or Trois-Pistoles - Les Escoumins.

The first one will bring you earlier on the friendlier and nicer (from that point on) South Shore, but if you prefer to do a whale sightseeing tour, you might prefer to use the Trois-Pistoles-Les Escoumins (back in service this year, but weird schedule linked to tides.

On the North Shore, there are some nice vistas East of Saint-Siméon and Les Escoumins, but you'll have more on the South Shore.

Also note that if you have some kind of climbing phobia, you should ride on the South Shore all the way from Lévis. While that road is less spectacular than the Charlevoix one, it still is a very picturesque one with lots of history.
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Thank you both for the replies. I did find Erik's site helpful:

http://www.borealphoto.com/gallery/4365732_gQBD8

Michel, your route suggestions are quite insightful and I plan to use those in revising my route. Thanks again for the tips.
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Here's a better route through Quebec City: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=d&h...dac49ad19d6bbf

Passed the eastern point, just follow the bike path. After that, you can stay on the old road or Ste-Anne blvd. They are parrallel so you can switch between the two. Take highway 360 in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré and 362 in Baie-St-Paul as Michel suggested. There's a short but very steep road (20% over 2km!) to Île-aux-Coudres. Be careful, it's very steep, twisty and there's a stop at the end. Highway 138 has quite a bit of trafic. The only "bad part" is in St-Tite-des-Caps where it has 4 lanes and a shoulder just large enough for the road grates.

Highway 138 east of La Malbaie has shoulder. There are small roads going through villages as well. I haven't been east of Tadoussac in a while but I'm pretty sure there are paved shoulders to at least Les Escoumins. I think the ferry in Les Escoumins is the best option. I used to live in Baie-Comeau and wouldn't go there on vacation if you paid me. Be careful out of the ferry in Tadoussac. People have "ferry fever". They drive fast, pass on double lines and such. Actually, ferry fever goes on almost until Les Escoumins.

Highway 132 east of ste-Anne-des-Monts is fantastic. Hills start in Manche-d'Épée. From there, it's a roller-coaster ride. Don't know anything about flying from Gaspé with a bike. I know there's an airport fee (10$ ???). I doubt they have boxes. Say hello to Steve.
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Erik L -- thank you for the detailed and helpful responses and maps. Now my plan is to recruit a friend to ride with me
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Hi bwgride,
I recently did the eastern part of your trip. It was wonderful!
See here for a trip report.
trip report for Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec

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Thanks for the note and report. Seems like a very nice place to tour.

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Hi bwgride,
I recently did the eastern part of your trip. It was wonderful!
See here for a trip report.
trip report for Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec

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