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The Saguenay Lac Saint-Jean region is well known for its legendary hospitality, but also for its world-class bike trails. The Véloroute des Bleuets and Route Verte are among the most popular bike tours in Quebec. The region is a vast playground for visitors and the bike trails offer spectacular access to Lake Saint-Jean, the third largest lake in Quebec and the Saguenay Fjord, which is considered one of the longest in the world at 120 km in length. The well organized and marked network of over 350 km of cycling trails allows cyclists to admire the beauty of numerous beaches, lakes, rivers, and traditional Quebecois villages as they ride. With so many delicious local products to taste along the trails, such as fresh artisan cheeses, wild blueberries, sweet maple syrup and locally brewed beers, stops along the way are an absolute must! Extra perks along the trails include: several fascinating tourism sites and attractions, as well as wide variety of quality accommodations and restaurants.
This tour begins in Quebec City, Canada. Depart from QC or you may also transfer to Montreal.
Included Standard Hotels:
Local Experts: Our local experts are based in Saguenay near Alma on the Veloroute des Bleuets and are there to help transfer you and support you along the way. They are bilingual French/English and will ensure all the services we provide in this program.
Need to Know:
Today is arrival day in Quebec City! Arriving by air to Quebec City airport (YQB) is the easiest way to get here. From the airport you can taxi to your centrally located hotel in the city. Your hotel is convenitently located so that you can enjoy and explore this charming city. Night in QC on your own; we will include suggestions for things to do and where to go.
We recommend a visit to the Vieux Quebec, (Old Quebec) where you can wander the ancient cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the only walled city north of Mexico. Inside its fortifications, charming cafes and antique shops rub elbows with historic attractions like the Citadel and the Notre-Dame Basilica. Enjoy a large selection of dining options tonight and tomorrow night in QC before going out into the small towns of the north. Quebec City’s cuisine has strong (and delicious) French ties – to the Old France – such as hearty stews, meat pies, specialty chocolate shops, bakeries, crêperies and cafes that fill the streets. A popular local dish to try is poutine: French fries smothered in fresh cheese curds and topped with a savory hot gravy.
Overnight: Quebec City
Your first ride day starts after a hearty, “old world” style breakfast. You will go to our local bike shop to get set up with your bikes and your first ride. Begin your bike trip by discovering the harbor of the Old Town of Quebec city. You will ride along the St. Lawrence river to the east until the Montmonrency Park. The circuit is really popular for the many attractions on the way and for it’s diversity. In only 40 km, you will be able to again see the historical site of the Old Town, a more modern part of Quebec city and the natural beauty of the St. Lawrence shore. Tonight, back to your same hotel near the Vieux Quebec. The remainder of your day is yours to relax and explore the many nearby tourist attractions.
Distance: 15 miles +/- 700 ft; additional riding possible
Highlights: Old Town, Montmonrency Park, St. Lawrence shore
Overnight: Quebec City
The most beautiful loop in Quebec! By taking the Traverse Québec-Lévis, also known as the river ferry across the St Lawrence and then the Quebec Bridge, you can enjoy a 40 km bike loop that offers the best of both shores and connects the Parcours des Anses and the Corridor du Littoral. Enjoy a 360-degree panorama with the Traverse Québec-Lévis. You will pass by the promenade Samuel-de-Champlain and you can walk along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, enjoy several parks, a magnificent view of the city of Quebec and the river. After your ride, return your bikes in QC, as you will get new ones tomorrow in Alma.
Distance: 18.5 miles, +1,074 ft / -1,072 ft; added riding possible
Highlights: river ferry, loop ride, promenade, river and parks. Though riding is short, there are many stops and attractions
Overnight: Quebec City
Begin with an early breakfast at your accommodations and at 7:30 am, departure by vehicle to Alma and Lac St. Jean. We will collect you, your bikes and bags, and then take you by vehicle from Quebec City to Alma (2.5 hours driving) a little town north on the Lac St. Jean and the start of the Veloroute des Bleuets. The first section of the bike route offers incredible views of the lake and is almost completely along a smooth and twisting bike path. Stops for beaches and tasty local goodies are possible on the way! You will stay in a small lodge alongside the lake share of Lac St. Jean, with all rooms having a gorgeous view on the lake. This is a cycling stop for the Veloroute des Bleuets. Plenty of nearby options for dinner tonight, as you please.
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Towns traversed: Saint Gedeon, Metabetchouan, Desbiens
Highlights: Alma, Bleuets path, lake views, beach stops
Start the day with a continental breakfast at the hotel and then get ready to ride! You will bike alongside the lake with gorgeous views. The main attraction on this section of the bike route is the historic village of Val-Jalbert, an authentic ‘company town’ of the 1920’s. Cycle through long stretches of peaceful farmland, alternating between the paved shoulder of Route 169 and paved bicycle path. Visiting the Zoo Sauvage in Saint‐Félicien is a great addition to the exploration of the region. A nice auberge with restaurant awaits you at the end of your ride. Dinner on your own.
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Towns traversed: Chambord, Mashteuiatsh, Saint Prime
Highlights: farmland, historic village of Val-Jalbert, zoo
Overnight: Saint Felicien
Cycle through long stretches of peaceful farmland, alternating between the paved shoulder of route 169, and paved bicycle paths. Visiting the Zoo Sauvage in Saint-Felicien is a great addition to the exploration of the region. At the end of the ride we shuttle you back to the village of Alma and a nice hotel with a restaurant awaits.
NOTE: if you have time for 2 extra nights, we can instead extend your ride along the Veloroute des Bleuets to completion. This makes the program 8 nights; please ask us for the supplement and detailed ride info.
Highlights: Saint Felicien, Normandin and Albanel, Zoo Sauvage
Overnight: depends on your program
On the shorter trip, today after breakfast, we shuttle back from Alma to Quebec City (2.5 hours). If you need to return to Montreal for a flight, we recommend to take a train or bus to reach Montreal from Quebec. Ask us for information!
For those doing the extended Veloroute des Bluets – Blueberry Route:
Dolbeau‐Mistassini / Sainte‐Monique 50 km.
Ride along rivers and blueberry fields alternating between the paved shoulder of route 169 and paved bicycle path. Towns traversed: Dolbeau‐Mistassini, Sainte‐Jeanne‐d’Arc and Péribonka.
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Highlights: blueberry field cycling, paved pathway
Extended Veloroute Tour Option:
Cycle the last part of the Véloroute des Bleuets, going through the Pointe‐Taillon National Park with its well-groomed, gravel paths and ending in Alma, where a ferry will get you to the Dam‐en Terre Resort.
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Highlights: Sainte‐Monique, Sainte‐Henri‐de‐Taillon, Alma
Today we shuttle back from Alma to Quebec City (2.5 hours). If you need to return to Montreal for a flight, we can quote a supplement to drive on to Montreal, or you can take a train or bus to reach Montreal from Quebec. Ask us for information!
Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy – ask us for CAD rates if you prefer to Pay in CAD)
6 Nights Version:
Superior Three Star Hotels:
Extended 8 Night Version:
5 Night Version – starting in Alma (Day 4) finishing Alma morning Day 9
Hybrid Bike Rental: included in above rates
Road Bike Rental: not currently available
E-bike Rental: limited quantity in Alma/Lac St Jean only; Felt VERZA-E 30 S ; supplement applies
Bike Rental Details Page
Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!
We enjoyed both 3-day bicycle trips. The Pure Adventures people who started us were excellent. One minor point–you mentioned that water bottles would be provided when we started the trip, however they weren’t. It would have been nice to be set with one bike that would take us seamlessly through the entire 6 days, rather than go through the orientation twice.
Operator’s comment: Thanks Sam, the water bottle issue was an oversight by our local partners and is corrected for all future travelers thanks to your feedback! We understand about the change when arriving at Alma; the distances are just so great we have to break up the support services and equipment. Thanks for taking time to review!
We did a cycling trip in Quebec, Canada during the first week in June, 2017. We cycled for 5 days around Lac St. Jean, (north of Quebec City) on the Veloroute Bleuets. The cycling was uniformly excellent… lots of cycling paths and trails, with only short stretches of road cycling, most of which was on roads with fairly minimal vehicular traffic. Of the approximately 280 km of cycling we did, well over 200 of the kms where on dedicated cycling paths or minimal use country roads. This is an easy cycle trip for anyone… very few hills to climb and the distances between the villages and towns is always short. The surfaces on the cycle paths were always good… almost all were paved, with only about 20 km of hard packed gravel/clay through one of the provincial parks. The north side of the lake is less populated and has fewer and smaller towns to go through and to. The accommodation was for the most part modest but good… clean, efficient and safe. The south side of the lake has more interesting towns with better restaurants and microbreweries, which made the lunches and dinners enjoyable. The local cycling company that provided the bikes and maps were very helpful and efficient. The route is very clearly marked with almost no chance to go wrong at any point. We did our trip during the first week in June, but I would recommend waiting until the middle of June for this, since some of the good restaurants and hotels are not open until the summer season is underway, which starts on June 15. Having said that, we met lots of cyclists (mostly on the south side of the lake), many being locals who are out for a daily cycle. In summary, I would highly recommend this trip.
We had a good trip, however, the first part with St Laurent Velo was not very well organized. The bikes were good, and new, but we did not receive a detailed map of the route. We were told to “Follow the Blue Chemin de Roy signs” and we had difficulty getting out of Trois Rivieres. In addition, there were no bathroom facilities for the first 20 miles of the trip. In several places the Chemin de Roy goes through neighborhoods, which would have been great, but at one such location there was a sign that said “Road closed”, so we went back to the highway and ended up going into the town of Donnacona on a 4 lane highway with large trucks whizzing by. We missed a nice part of the path because of this. We did not know if we could have ridden on this or if it were closed to all traffic. Also, as we went into Quebec city, we used a map that the worker from St Laurent Velo gave us that had been printed off the internet, which was too small to read and did not explain any of the turns, which were many, so again we had to go into Quebec City with a lot of traffic on St Louis St. Also the Hotel St Ursula was dated but the room itself was large and clean with good hot water showers. If we had known that the other option available was to ride around the entire Lac St Jean over a week, we might have done this. The pre trip orientation was detailed and the maps were wonderful. All the people involved were extremely helpful, on time for pickups, and very congenial on the car transfers. Dorianne, Joel 1 and Joel 2 who were our drivers were wonderful and a lot of help and fun. The hotels were great on this part of the trip. Swimming at the Lac St Jean Motel was a big plus. The biking was great on the bike paths and it was a lovely area.
This was a brand new bike tour for this Company and we experienced a few small snags along the way. The innkeepers and accommodations were pleasant, however, and the biking route was as promoted.