Cycling Québec 2020 | St. Lawrence Seaway, Montréal to Québec City

Discover lesser-known roads along the St. Lawrence Seaway while pedalling from Montréal to Québec City.  Explore Québec's countryside with great places to stay and eat along the way. Step back in time and experience one of Canada’s most unique cultural landscapes.  Enjoy the vibrant sights and sounds of Montréal before the trip and the picturesque towns and landscapes along the route. 

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CAD$992

5
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September 5-9, 2020
 
TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip START Date | Montréal,  Saturday, September 5, 2020

Trip END Date | Québec City, Wednesday, September 9, 2020

329km | 202mi

 

Trip Cost: $992 | 5 days/4 nights

Includes:

  • Use of bike and equipment (hybrid or road bike)

  • 5-days of amazing biking

  • 2-trip leaders (Rick and Anne-Marie)

  • 4-nights accommodation (based on double occupancy)

  • All group meals – drinks on your own

  • Support for travel coordination

  • Pre-trip information sessions

TAKING CARE OF THE DETAILS

​Rick and his team will take care of all the details including the bicycles and gear, guides and safety, local activities, route planning, food and snacks, accommodations as well as helping you with getting to and from Québec. 

The cost of the trip is based on shared rooms. Private rooms are available for an additional cost. However, room options are somewhat limited and based on our group size and other factors. Contact us for details. 

MORE ABOUT THE BIKING

Traveling by bicycle can be challenging. This trip is for you if you are relatively fit and are comfortable with riding undulating terrain with some hills. You like to ride your bike on vacations, but not every day. You can ride an average of 40mi/65km and up to 50mi/80km on a long day.

DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY

Daily Trip Plans

Travel to Montréal, Québec (pre-trip)

Arrive Montreal before

September 5

Plan to arrive Montréal a few days before the bike trip to enjoy the vibrant sights and sounds of Montréal. The bike trip begins in Montréal on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Parc Lafontaine, in the heart of Montréal is the group meting point in Montréal.

 

Travel to Montréal:

Your trip leaders, Anne-Marie and Rick, can help coordinate your travel plans and give you suggestions for restaurants, sightseeing, hotels, etc. in Montréal. Just let us know what you want to do and we will do our best to answer your questions!

Notes:

  • OnaVelo can help coordinate your travel plans from Calgary or other destinations.

  • Parc Lafontaine, in the heart of Montréal is the group meeting point on Saturday morning.

  • Suggestions for hostels we have stayed on previous trips.

    • Hi Hostel: Close to downtown 

    • Gite du plateau: Neat location, in between downtown and Plateau area.

    • Auberge Alternative: In the old Montréal. Need to ask for private rooms, a lot better than dorms!

    • Hotel Zero 1: If you want something more high end and more private, pretty well located and pretty new

  • Pre-trip information sessions will be scheduled prior to your trip.

Preparing the bikes and gear | Bike from Montréal to St-Ours

Saturday,

September 5

67km | 41mi

We will spend the first part of the morning getting your bike and gear set up and fitted for the trip. We will meet at Parc Lafontaine, in the heart of Montréal, where you will begin the journey. OnaVelo will provide you with a bike and pannier bags for the trip. A packing list is available at www.onavelo.com.

 

Once the bike and the gear has been distributed, we will start the trip by crossing the famous Jacques Cartier bridge, which gives a beautiful view of Montréal, then head east. Our destination is St-Ours, a little village nearby a canal. For the night we are “glamping” (luxury camping) in nice big tents. Each unit is furnished and equipped with everything you need. An original getaway in the open-air that is comfortable and hassle-free!

Notes:

  • OnaVelo will provide you with pannier bags before your trip departure or once you get to Montréal. You can pack your personal gear directly into the pannier bags for travel or pack in a duffle bag or suitcase and repack your bags once you get to Montréal.

  • There is no support vehicle on this trip.

  • Day 1 Lodging: oTENTik at Saint-Ours Canal.

  • Group dinner

  • A packing list 

Bike from St-Ours to Pointe du Lac

Sunday, September 6

78km | 48mi

Our route today will leave from St-Ours toward the town of Sorel. At Sorel we will take a ferry back to the north side of the Saint Lawrence River. We will ride on the famous Chemin du Roy through farmland and along the river up to Pointe du Lac. The Chemin du Roy was the first road built in the 18th century, linking Québec City and Montréal via Trois-Rivières. We are staying in cottages with a beautiful view of Lake St-Pierre. If the weather is nice, it will be possible to paddleboard or sail (not included). 

Notes:

Bike from Pointe du Lac to Ste-Anne de la Pérade

Monday,

September 7

53km | 32mi

The route today will follow the Chemin du Roy through the historical city of Trois-Rivieres. We will take a break and visit the Vieux Presbytère de Batiscan that has been opening its doors for more than 200 years. Built in 1816, this old Presbytery is an architectural wonder retaining all its authenticity. Classified Heritage site, it is now a witness to our ancestors’ lives.

 

We will also make a few stops along the way to enjoy home made ice cream, chocolate or souvenirs! We will be staying at a B&B in Ste. Anne de la Pérade called Manoir Dauth. Built in 1842 by François Dauth and Philie Baribeau, this house remained in their family for more than 125 years.

Notes:

  • Lodging: Manoir Dauth

  • Dinner out

  • Private rooms available for additional cost

  • Wifi | Lounge

Bike from Ste-Anne de la Pérade to Ste-Catherine de la Jacques Cartier

Tuesday, September 8

71km | 44mi

During the day we will pass through some nice villages including Deschambault and Cap Santé. In Cap Santé we will take the "le vieux chemin", classified as the nicest road in Canada according to the Globe and Mail. Take your time and bike slowly to enjoy it! In Pont Rouge we will take a nice little bike path in the forest nearby a river for 15km/9mi of pure nature! We will have a picnic along the way.

 

From there we will continue north toward our destination of Ste-Catherine de la Jacques Cartier. We are staying at a chic/rustic resort called Duchesnay Station in a Québec provincial park where you will enjoy the nice view, the spa, and the yummy restaurant for dinner and breakfast!

 

The accommodations offer high quality and a warm atmosphere. The 4-star hotel was built in 2003. You'll be charmed by its country style in a natural and preserved environment. Set on a hill, it overlooks Lac Saint-Joseph. All of the rooms have a view of the lake.

Notes:

  • Lodging: Duchesnay Station

  • Group dinner

  • Private rooms available for additional cost

  • Lounge | WiFi

Bike from Ste-Catherine de la Jacques Cartier to Québec City

Wednesday,

September 9

60km | 37mi

Our last day of biking will be along a beautiful old railway path, which is now converted to a bike path toward Québec City. We will skirt Québec City to the north and visit Montmorency Falls before finishing our ride in historical district of Québec City.

 

Your trip leaders, Anne-Marie and Rick, can help coordinate your travel plans and give you suggestions for restaurants, sightseeing, hotels, etc. in Québec City.  Just let us know what you want to do and we will do our best to answer your questions!

Notes:

End of Trip / Travel Home

Wednesday,

September 9

We will finish the trip in Québec City. Depending on your schedule, you may want to stay in Québec City a night or two or return to Montréal. On past trips, some participants coordinated their travel plans to fly into Montréal and depart from Québec City. Your trip leaders, Anne-Marie and Rick, can help coordinate your travel plans and give you suggestions for restaurants, sightseeing, hotels, etc. in Québec City.  Just let us know what you want to do and we will do our best to answer your questions!

Notes:

  • Lodging on your own.

  • A suggested place to stay is: Auberge Place D’armes

  • Dinner on your own

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