The Route verte: A must on your bucket list!
Direct access to Québec’s wonders
What better way to fully enjoy Québec’s magnificent, vast territory than by bicycle! It’s exactly what the Route verte—the longest network of cycling trails in North America—offers. This 3,293 miles (5,300 km) route cuts across 18 tourist areas, 382 municipalities, and seven national parks, allowing cyclists to discover the diversity of Québec’s scenery, from mountain landscapes and a spectacular maritime coastline to endless vistas of plains. The route also links the province to New Brunswick and the United States. And, as it often runs along the loveliest roads, passing by falls, over covered bridges, and next to other touristic sites, it comes as no surprise that National Geographic has called it one of the most beautiful cycling routes in the world!
Cyclists’ comfort and safety first
Whether it hugs rivière Saint-Laurent or a fjord, runs through a forest or downtown, the Route verte is punctuated with rest areas, restaurants, tourist information offices, accommodations, etc. Among these accommodation venues, some 500 bear the Bienvenue cyclistes! label, which indicates that these establishments offer services and amenities tailored to cyclists’ needs. They have tools for minor bike repairs and a covered and locked location for overnight bike storage. All hotels, inns, and B&Bs offer useful information about cycling in the area. As for campgrounds bearing the Bienvenue cyclistes! label, they have camping spaces exclusively for cyclists, available without a reservation. Some Bienvenue cyclistes! accommodation sites even have restaurant, laundry, and luggage transfer services. Want to visit several regions without having to pedal all the way? The shuttle service can take you to another trail or different region.
With safety a core concern for riders, this is an area in which Québec stands out as a biking destination. Whether the paths run along shared roadways, paved shoulders, rail trails or cycling lanes, all of the Route verte’s bike paths are standardized, marked, and adapted to cyclists of all levels. The Route verte interactive map is available to help you easily plan the details of your travel itinerary and provide real-time network information. If you prefer to carry detailed maps, you will find these in the Route verte guide, along with suggested itineraries and other useful information. Order it here.
A unique biking destination? Absolutely.
To explore Québec while riding along its bike paths is to enjoy, at your own pace, the best it has to offer. A world-renowned cycling network, an abundance of scenic landscapes, picturesque villages and warm residents, and sometimes even hidden gems known only to the locals. The wild forests of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Manicouagan, and Gaspésie. The charming urban districts in the heart of Montréal and Québec City and area. The extraordinary landscapes in the Eastern Townships, Laurentians, and Charlevoix. The breathtaking vistas of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. The unsuspected treasures of the Centre-du-Québec, Lanaudière, Montérégie, and Outaouais regions and in Laval. No matter what regions you visit during your cycling getaway, they will enchant you, as will the vast pan-Québec cycling network that will lead you there!