Canada: Québec

Montréal to Ottawa: Laurentians Bike Tour


Five nights; six days of easy cycling between Montreal and Ottawa on paved and unpaved bike paths, including Le P’tit Train du Nord, and quiet country roads.

“You are running the most fabulous professional organization and our trip went without hitch and exceeded our expectations. THANK YOU! ” - Deborah & Benjamin K.





Itinerary


Start: Montréal, Hotel Gault, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange earlier alternate pickup location.


Finish: Ottawa, the National Gallery, 14:00, day seven. Daily trains between Ottawa and Montreal are frequent and take approximately 2 hours; for schedules and fares click here.


Day 1

Introductions 57km

Meet your guides at 09:00 in Montreal, ready to ride. Transfer about 45 minutes north to Blainville where you will warm up your legs on the Basses-Laurentides bike path. At St. Jerome, you will begin bicycling Le P’tit Train du Nord. First stop is Val-David, where you can visit galleries of renowned local and international artists. You will cycle through lush forests and may swim often in the many lakes and rivers alongside the bike path. Tonight you will be treated to authentic Québécois cuisine. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips; self-guided trips include breakfast only unless otherwise noted)

La Maison de Bavière, Val-David

Day 2

55km

Ride through the villages of Saint-Agathe-des-Monts, Saint-Foustin-Lac-Carré, and Saint Jovite before arriving at the pedestrian village of Mont Tremblant. In the winter, it is a famous ski resort, but in summer Tremblant blooms with award winning municipal gardens and plenty of activities to help keep your energy high. This afternoon you can explore some optional activities such as golfing on one of six fantastic courses (pre-booking often required), hiking on one of many trails of varying degrees of difficulty, taking a gondola ride the summit of Tremblant where you can admire the panoramic view from 2871 feet, sliding down the mountain on the alpine luge, or visiting Lac Tremblant where you can swim, paddle or just lounge on the beach. BL
Auberge Le Lupin, or

Upgrade to Hotel Quintessence; Mont-Tremblant ($250pp)

Day 3

59km

Today’s leisurely ride follows the paved trail along a lake and toward Haute-Laurentides and Nominingue. This village of 2500 is surrounded by lakes and rivers, and is adjacent to the wild beauty of the Rouge-Matawin and Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserves; the “feel” is beautiful. Local artists exhibit their work to cyclists every summer at the Canadian Pacific Railway station, and more locally prepared cuisine is your delicious reward for the day. BD
Auberge Chez Ignace, or

Le Provincialart; Nominingue

Day 4

56km before lunch. 40-100km after lunch.

An early start today, to accommodate the distance we need to cover. First, cycle to a picnic lunch at the terminus of le P’tit Train du Nord at Mont-Laurier. After lunch, transfer 45 minutes to Maniwaki to cycle the quiet roads and the scenic Gatineau Valley bike path toward or beyond Gracefield. Finish with a helpful transfer to Wakefield from wherever you stop cycling. You may have the unique chance to enjoy evening music performances at the infamously popular Black Sheep Inn (to see who is playing when you’ll be visiting, check out: Black Sheep Inn). BLD
The Wakefield Mill Spa & Inn, or

Le Grange Country Inn; Wakefield

Day 5

Wakefield Loop 40km; plus hiking, canoeing, swimming and spa options

Enjoy a leisurely active day exploring the gorgeous trails, lakes and forests of Gatineau Park. Departing directly from your inn at Wakefield, your ride leads you through and around the park along quiet shared use trails and roadways. Take your time to exploring the panoramic lookoffs, and fresh water lakes, including the sandy beach at Lac Philippe. You may also hike to Lusk Cave, a marble cave system created about 12,500 years ago. Other options include canoeing, bungee jumping (Canada’s highest), or simply visiting the spa, boutiques and cafes of Wakefield. BL
Same lodging

Day 6

32km Wakefiled through Gatineau Park, transfer into Ottawa

Ride from Wakefield alongside the Gatineau River into Gatineau Park and the panoramic views at Champlain Lookout. Descend from the lookout to the edge of the park for a short transfer into downtown Ottawa where your adventure concludes with delivery to your hotel of choice. You may choose to stay on and explore the nation’s capital independently or depart Ottawa by plane or train to your next destination. BL





Description




Note about the route:

An easy ride on relatively flat terrain with very gradual descents and inclines, until the final day when the topography becomes hilly. Some of the route is paved, and some on crushed stone. Road bikes are not advised unless equipped for unpaved surfaces. Most of the route is traffic-free.






The Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal provide a gorgeous scenic backdrop for a ride through valleys and forests, past fresh water lakes and pristine rivers. On this ride, you can savour the scenery without having to challenge the big hills! Le P’tit Train du Nord is a restored rail bed converted into a bike path that cuts through the heart of the Laurentians. It reaches north from Montreal through Mont Tremblant and well into rural Québec, from where you will descend toward Ottawa, enjoying the delightful bike paths through La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and the splendor of Gatineau Park. This ride takes you through many picturesque villages, and includes many opportunities to swim in gorgeous lakes and refreshing rivers as you cycle from one unique inn to the next. It finishes by following the delightfully traffic-free bike routes into the capital’s core, where you can visit the Canadian Mint, Parliament Buildings, the Museum of Civilization, the War Museum, or the National Gallery. We recommend planning extra time in Ottawa at the end of your adventure to take in some of the capital’s world-class museums, galleries, festivals, restaurants, and performances. This ride in Canada’s heartland connects two vibrant cities with a week of riding in bucolic beauty, with stops in very charming villages. We look forward to sharing both the peace and the excitement with you.


Note about the Inns:
We have selected inns of the highest possible standards on this route, and endeavour to secure rooms with private bathrooms for all guests. On day three on this adventure, however, you may have to share a bathroom with other Freewheeling guests. If you are uncomfortable with this, we will try to make alternative arrangements for you. Please discuss this with us when booking.





Maps & Elevations




Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
Introductions + 57 km
2
55 km
3
59 km
4
Up to 100 km
5
40 km + options
6
55 km


Learn more

Both Montréal and Ottawa warrant extra time; the attractions of each city are too numerous to list here. In Montréal, we recommend a visit to the Jean-Talon Market to collect supplies for a picnic at Mont Royal where there are often concerts and festivals taking place.

In Ottawa, we like the National Gallery, Museum of History and the Canadian Museum of Nature. The Canada Science and Technology Museum is newly renovated and a lot of fun.

You can try to coordinate your visit with one of the many summer festivals.


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Posted on October 5, 2017 by Doug and Cathy Hull




Costs

US 2595 C 2985

(per person, double occupancy, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, luggage handling, maps and route notes, van and full-time guide)

US 2345 C 2695

(per person, double occupancy, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential transfers, and emergency support)

Single Occupancy

5% GST included

US 525 C 605

Bicycle Rental

5% GST included

Hybrid: US 135 C 155
Electric-assist: US 395 C 455


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. Sales tax included.