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Old 06-01-14, 12:39 PM   #1
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Quick tour near Montreal

Hi All,

I have the opportunity for spending a week with bike in Montreal. Does anyone have any suggestions for touring routes nearby? Our usual style is unsupported touring. We looked at the 'Route Verte', but much of this looks a little point-to-point for us (we need to enter and leave via Montreal airport). Of course if suitable public transport back can be arranged this might also work.

Anyway, any and all suggestions gratefully received!

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Old 06-01-14, 02:13 PM   #2
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Some suggestions...

MTL > Ottawa > Mont-Laurier loop: http://goo.gl/maps/zg1Hj

Train or fly to Toronto and ride back to Montreal: http://goo.gl/maps/G5SlS

MTL to Mont-Joli and back by train: http://goo.gl/maps/lybFo My favorite, but there are only 3 trains a week so it can be tricky to plan.

If you like hills, through Charlevoix and around Lac St-Jean and return by train: http://goo.gl/maps/B1FLF

MTL - Ottawa loop on either side of the Ottawa river.

Train is Via Rail. It's 28,25$ (tax included) per bike per trip. When you check for a trip, click the + sign on the left and if there's a bagage icon, you can take your bike on. Some trains without the icon have racks. might be better to reserve by phone to make sure with them.

Wind is usually from the southwest in the summer. People sometimes do high mileage days along the St-Lawrence.

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Another trip involving the train would be the Gaspé peninsula from Mont-Joli to Campbellton, NB. The train arrives in Mont-Joli in early morning and leaves Campbellton in late evening so you don't lose days riding the train. This is one of the best trip you can do in Québec. There are quite a few hills on the northeast side of the peninsula.

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I haven't done the trip, but this looks like a good loop through the Laurentians.

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Wow! Plenty of good ideas here- thanks!
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An easy option is the Petit Train du Nord that runs from Mont-Laurier to Montreal. We took a shuttle to the northern end and than an easy ride back staying at B&B's. You could add a nice loop north from the shuttle stop in Mont-Laurier and then ride the trail back to Montreal depending on how much time you have.
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The loop around lac Saint Jean is beautiful. It only takes about 3 days but there are plenty of ways to extend the trip in that area.
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I did a tour from Toronto to Quebec City, many many years back, and the leg between Ottawa and Montreal on the Quebec side was the longest, hottest but also my favorite day. Some of the places along the way like Montibello, Oka and Deux Montangne are very scenic. I lived in Ottawa for years, and the Gatineau area is also very nice to tour.
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Here is a link that gather and rank most noticeable cycling paths in Quebec
Les meilleures pistes cyclables du Québec selon notre évaluation
Pistes cyclables de Montréal - Québec - Canada

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