Mont-Sainte-Anne © Québec/Lyra

Mountain biking in Québec: For the challenges, the thrills, or simply the pleasure of being in nature

For the high of riding downhill

Outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies have a blast on the vast network of mountain bike trails that unfold throughout the province. The network’s 1,553 miles (2,500 km) of trails in national parks and resorts is a great challenge for all mountain bikers, regardless of skill level. The sport has grown in popularity and become even more accessible thanks to the construction of many beginner trails and bike parks. Young and old, beginners and advanced alike can explore mountainous terrain and enjoy breathtaking views. Imagine the glorious scenery that awaits in fall! Looking for an invigorating adventure and up-close contact with nature? Mountain biking is for you.

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Vallée du Bras du Nord © Tourisme Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean/P.Jobin

Coveted mountain bike sites

With its plethora of landscapes and the quality and variety of trails, Québec is on its way to becoming a world-renowned mountain biking destination. In fact, many of its trails are increasingly notorious. The trails of the Vallée Bras-du-Nord, located in a glacial valley, are among the most famous for their high quality and the superb landscapes. If you plan to visit this leader in mountain biking in Québec—and soon, in northeastern North America—you absolutely must try out the Neilson trail! Mont-Sainte-Anne, the largest network in Eastern Canada, is also a must-do, as are the Mont-Tremblant and Bromont outdoor centres, the latter considered a classic by the Québec mountain biking community.

Mountain biking in all its forms

Most mountain bike parks in Québec have trails for cross-country and enduro riding. Thrill seekers will be delighted by the sites that offer downhill, challenging and technical trails accessible by chairlift. 

Fatbike: the latest craze!

Designed for use in all weather conditions and on unstable terrain in any season, fatbiking has won over many riders! This sport, requiring a bike with oversized tires, is similar to mountain biking and is practised in some 80 outdoor centres throughout Québec.

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International mountain bike events

Québec is host to world-class mountain biking events that have helped the province add to its reputation. Some of these events are:

Raid Bras du Nord

The most popular mountain bike race in Québec draws athletes from all walks of life. Endurance cyclists and newbies alike have the opportunity to discover the natural riches of the Vallée Bras-du-Nord.

Vélirium – international festival and UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

The best downhill and cross-country pro and amateur riders from more than 25 countries race down Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Crossroads Tremblant

This biking festival brings together cyclists from across the country in a festive atmosphere. Athletes compete in downhill events during the MTB Québec / Canada Cup, the festival’s flagship competition.

Québec Singletrack Experience

Seven stages, seven days, seven sites, and a bonus of seven timed descents and ascents. An incredible experience!