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Old 04-28-05, 11:40 PM
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Route Verte - P'tit Train du Nord

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My partner and I are planning to bike for about a month in Quebec and Eastern Ontario this summer. I talked with a few friends about our planned itinerary which includes the linear parc 'Le P'tit Train du Nord' and which is part of the Route Verte north of Montreal. My friends told me I'd might regret going there since it is supposed to be quite a popular ride and that most cyclists there are quite slow... I am not a Lance Armstrong but I don't like the trouble of having to surpass the weekend cyclists every two minutes.

Anyone has done this bike trail before? Is it that crowded? What about weekdays?... And now that we are talking about it, are there other sections of the Route Verte that are especially crowded? All I know is road 138 (which I rode on various occasions) and the Richelieu valley... both are fine but are on roads not on cycling trails.

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I biked the entire P'tit Train du Nord trail a couple of years ago. I began on Labour Day in Mont Laurier at the north end after being dropped off there by a shuttle service. Obviously, lots of people were going home on the day I began. Nevertheless, the trail was remarkably quiet the entire way. I saw so few cyclists that I can't even venture an opinion about their rate of speed.

I was on one other little bit of la Route Verte the following weekend between North Hatley and Sherbrooke, and it had more cyclists, but certainly not an excessive number.

These trails aren't paved, so that's going to keep your speed down to some degree anyway. They are well maintained, however.
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Been on it 3 different times and never had a problem.
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I rode it twice in one trip in september 2002. It wasn't crowded except for one place near some small park where there were a lot of people walking between a parking lot and a waterfall. It was uphill so I wasn't going too fast anyway. That part must really crowded in july.

What I didn't like in the southern half were the fences preventing cars entering the path. There's plenty of room for bikes to go through but we are forced to the side, on softer ground. The path itself is very hard though. On the northen part, bikes go through the middle of the fences so there's no problem. I found the northen half very soft at times, even rocky sometimes, enough to leave the path and use the road but apparently, the northen half is now paved. There are lots of services along the way. Overall it's a really nice ride and I will do it again. Ken Kifer even give it as an exemple as how bike trails should be.
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the northen half is now paved
Do you if the entire P'tit Train du Nord will eventually be paved? How about other trails that are part of La Route Verte in Quebec?
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I have no idea. I don't think it's necessary. I rode on quite a few bike trails in the province and so far the only I found too soft were the northen half of Le P'tit Train du Nord (now paved) and a trail in Montérégie called "La Route des Champs", which is very boring. They should've added a paved shoulder to the 112 instead (perhaps there's one now). Given it's popularity, perhaps Le P'tit train will be paved some day... just guessing though.

Edit: Wrong name on the soft trail in Montérégie.

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Thanks about the info... I feel more confident that our itinerary is right now.
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