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Old 03-17-18, 09:52 PM
Erick L
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Definitely Montreal > Gaspé. The wind follows the St-Lawrence 80% of the time and can be quite strong. Trees are bent towards the east. Finishing in Gaspé is much nicer than fighting urban traffic as well.

Check the Route Verte map, and its menu:

The usual from MTL to QC is Route Verte #5 (highway 138) on the north shore. It takes forever to get out of Montreal. In the morning, just take Sherbrooke street as most traffic comes the other way and you'll have the outside lane for yourself. Another option is to ride on the south shore to Sorel and take the ferry there. That involves a ~10-15km section around Contrecoeur that really suck.

The other option for MTL - QC is Route Verte #1 inland, south of the river. It's almost all bike path but also the most boring part of all Quebec.

From Quebec City, take the ferry to Lévis and follow Route Verte #1. If you stay on the north shore, expect traffic and monstrous hills. The Route Verte #1 follows highway 132 except through some villages and the occasional small road sandwiched between the main highway the St-Lawrence. There's a unusual very hilly bike path around St-Simon. I love this stretch but I've seen someone here saying they hated because it's too hilly and curvy. This is exactly the scenery you won't see from the highway so go for it. Again in St-Fabien, you can ride to the shore and get through Le Bic park. The park's fee is 8.50$ and there's no booth at the western entrance. There's a quiet bike/kayak campsite on the path that is not cheap, and they have cheaper bike sites on one of the the main campground.

Around Ste-Flavie, you have the choice of going around the peninsula or cut through. Going around is much nicer IMO but gets hilly like a roller-coaster from Manche-D'Épée. The inland route is still nice with fewer hills. If you go around, a side trip to Gaspésie park is nice if you hike, but too much effort if you don't.
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