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Old 07-29-17, 08:18 PM
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Montreal to Le P'tit Train

Planning fall cycling trip north from Montreal train station to Mt Tremblant and beyond. Will be cycling with camping gear from Montreal on a Sunday and would like suggestions for best route to Le P'tit Train du Nord at Bois-des Filion. Merci
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Did this ride a few times but starting in Mont-Laurier and ending in Montreal but it has been a long time since I rode it. Getting through Montreal is easy but Laval is a pain in the butt. Not sure if you are familiar with the Route Verte but there site has an interactive map to help plan a route. In regards to camping it was not easy to find places to wild camp before Saint-Jerome and you may try to find a B&B for the first night. There are plenty of place to camp wild once you get on Le P'tit Train du Nord. I even camped out right on the trail in the rest stops along the way even though it is not allowed. There is a great youth hostel in Mont-Tremblant and another in Montreal if that is your thing.
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Thanks for the useful info. I expect to be biking northwards through Laval on a Sunday so maybe I wont find it a 'pain'. I'm looking over my Lauentides and Outaouais maps and thinking about bringing a pocket French to Eng. dicitionary so as not get my gauche and droites mixed up. The Route Verte website I briefly looked over doesn't show the route I'm planning to cycle-Grand Remous south to Ottawa (will have to check it more thoroughly). Apparently some road cycling will be required leaving Gran Remous in addition to cycling some car-free trails. Will see when I get there. Regards, Alan
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The Quebec Tourist Authority is very generous with tourist brochures and there are lots of different maps on cycling available. The office in Montreal is at 1255, rue Peel is not too far from the Via station. If you are cycling towards Ottawa/Gatineau from Grand Remous there are quite country roads and a rail trail/Trans Canada Trail following close to Hwy 5. The rail trail starts in Manawaki and unofficially goes through the Kitigan Zibi First Nation Reserve and goes on to the town of Low. pistescyclables.ca/Outaouais/Vallee It is nice in some areas unfortunately ATV-******** had done a lot of damage to the gravel top and one time when I cycled this route and I even seen a group racing around with guns a beer! It is possible to cycle all the way through Gatineau Park but it is not easy with a loaded bike and I have done this. From Wakefield you can follow the river into the city. just a note, if you are leaving from the Via station in Ottawa watch out for all of the road construction and it may be easier to hop on a bus (they have bike racks) to get there.
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Originally Posted by 2zweelabout
Planning fall cycling trip north from Montreal train station to Mt Tremblant and beyond. Will be cycling with camping gear from Montreal on a Sunday and would like suggestions for best route to Le P'tit Train du Nord at Bois-des Filion. Merci
Which Montreal train station? If you are starting from Central Station in Montreal, I would try to bypass Laval altogether. Instead, I would head west along the Lachine canal out to the West Island area. I would then head north and cross to Isle Bizard and head to the ferry that crosses to Laval sur le Lac.The ferry is fun, it is driven by the current and runs along a cable from one side to the other, fascinating. From there it is a 2 km ride across the west end of Ile Jesus(Laval) to a dam that takes you across to St Eustache. From there, there are several roads that will take you north to the Laurention escarpment. You will have to veer to the east to get to St Jerome, where the P'tite Train du Nord bike path actually begins. This route, probably going through the village of St Colombin, is scenic, you will see tons of cyclists out on these roads, a sure sign that they are cycling friendly. Once into St Jerome, head to the north end of town to the Labelle suburb where you can hop onto the bike path. The bike path takes you through all the villages north of St Jerome that were served by the train long before roads were even open during the winter.

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Stop at the Farmer's Market in St.Jerome if it is open. Fantastic!
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Thanks for the interesting route suggestion from Gare Central to P'tite Train trail. The ferry ride sounds great! Roughly how many km/miles further is this scenic route to St. Jerome than going straight to and through Laval from the train station? I'm starting to plan my routes north for my October trip and hoping to see some Fall color on my bike tour through Quebec.
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I thought about starting a new thread but this one might get more views. I will be in Montreal over the weekend of November 2-3 and wonder if it is reasonable to ride this trail that time of year. I was thinking Montreal to the end of the trail over two days and find some way to get back to Montreal that evening. Unfortunately it looks like the Autobus trail service closes down for the season before I'll be there but I'll be riding a Bike Friday so transport shouldn't much of an issue.

Do-able?
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I have no comments on the do-ability, but some notes to keep in mind:

1. Early November will have the bike season wrapping up, and some municipal bike paths may be closed. This may not really impact anything very much, but don't be surprised if you see cars parked over a painted line type bike path.

2. I'll usually put on the winter tires for the car in November. Snow is unlikely in early November, but remains a possibility. After an odd summer and now autumn of strange weather in the Montreal area this year, I'm taking things day by day. But October so far (except for this past weekend) has been uncharacteristically nice for biking.

Have fun on your trip.
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Just completed my P'tite Train du Nord journey from St Jerome to Mt. Laurier, Quebec. And Thanks for the information and suggestions from Bike Forum members. Leaving Montreal airport area on a Sunday I pedaled to L'ile Bizard and took a short ferry ride across the Riviere des Prairies to the southwestern tip of Laval and pedaled maybe two km and crossed by pedestrian/cyclist only bridge over the Riviere des Mlles Iles to village of Deux Montagnes. From there I traveled with my bike by bus(es) to St. Jerome where I began my northward trek the next morning. Briefly, the entire trip was a cycling joy-great Canadian fall weather with the fall color palette covering the landscape. There were a number of casual cyclists on the lower section of the trail and in the Mt. Tremblant area and periodically I'd pass loaded down touring cyclists en route south. Heading north, I didn't encounter more than a half dozen cycle tourers heading in my direction on my whole time on the trail. From Mt. Tremblant northwards I had the trail almost to myself-not seeing one other touring cyclist going my way. In a steady rain, I finished my 200 km P'tite Train wheeled journey at the somewhat off the beaten 'track' Mt. Laurier train staion. My trip continued by bus to Gran Remous and then south by bike along the wide shouldered Rue 105 to Manikwaki and from there along the Veloroute des Draveurs (a mostly flat route with surfaces being fine cindered, rutty wide dirt road, and from Messines to Gracefield a paved section) to Kazabazua. From here I was driven to Gatineau where I began city biking and crossing over to Ottawa where I ended my Canadian cycle touring odyssey
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Originally Posted by 2zweelabout
Just completed my P'tite Train du Nord journey from St Jerome to Mt. Laurier, Quebec. And Thanks for the information and suggestions from Bike Forum members. Leaving Montreal airport area on a Sunday I pedaled to L'ile Bizard and took a short ferry ride across the Riviere des Prairies to the southwestern tip of Laval and pedaled maybe two km and crossed by pedestrian/cyclist only bridge over the Riviere des Mlles Iles to village of Deux Montagnes. From there I traveled with my bike by bus(es) to St. Jerome where I began my northward trek the next morning. Briefly, the entire trip was a cycling joy-great Canadian fall weather with the fall color palette covering the landscape. There were a number of casual cyclists on the lower section of the trail and in the Mt. Tremblant area and periodically I'd pass loaded down touring cyclists en route south. Heading north, I didn't encounter more than a half dozen cycle tourers heading in my direction on my whole time on the trail. From Mt. Tremblant northwards I had the trail almost to myself-not seeing one other touring cyclist going my way. In a steady rain, I finished my 200 km P'tite Train wheeled journey at the somewhat off the beaten 'track' Mt. Laurier train staion. My trip continued by bus to Gran Remous and then south by bike along the wide shouldered Rue 105 to Manikwaki and from there along the Veloroute des Draveurs (a mostly flat route with surfaces being fine cindered, rutty wide dirt road, and from Messines to Gracefield a paved section) to Kazabazua. From here I was driven to Gatineau where I began city biking and crossing over to Ottawa where I ended my Canadian cycle touring odyssey
Great stuff. My wife and I have done the trail from Mont Tremblant to St. Jerome, and would very much like to do it again some day.
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Thanks, this is the type of information I was looking for:

1. Early November will have the bike season wrapping up, and some municipal bike paths may be closed. This may not really impact anything very much, but don't be surprised if you see cars parked over a painted line type bike path.

2. I'll usually put on the winter tires for the car in November. Snow is unlikely in early November, but remains a possibility. After an odd summer and now autumn of strange weather in the Montreal area this year, I'm taking things day by day. But October so far (except for this past weekend) has been uncharacteristically nice for biking.
I'll have to take it day by day but if the long-ish term weather forecast looks okay I'll bring my bike and decide at the last minute whether to weather the weather.
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Okay, so it didn't work out, it rained all day Sunday, but I did get a nice ride in on Saturday all around the lower perimeter of Montreal island, including the Lachine canal. I hope I get a chance to come back someday and do the trail.
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wow what a trip
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