Canada: Québec

Montréal to Ottawa: Laurentians Bike Tour


Six nights; seven 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, or

Gîte Café Plumard; 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 ($185pp)

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

Cycle to the terminus of le P’tit Train du Nord at Mont-Laurier, then transfer ~40 km to Ferme-Neuve and a luxurious and picturesque resort on the remote shores of the Baskatong Reservoir. Energetic cyclists may choose to ride from Mont-Laurier into the wild of the Laurentians. Your resort is next to and the midst of Mont Diable, your playground for the next two nights. BLD
Le Village Windigo, Ferme-Neuve

Day 5:

Hiking and exploring Le Windigo 7- 14 kms

Spend the day hiking on the trails surrounding the wilderness resort of Le Windigo. Hike along the Windigo River to a local waterfall that is often used as a natural water slide. Alternative activities include, trail riding, paddling and various other water sports, yoga, pétanque, or simply relaxing by the lake with a good book and a cool drink. BD
Same lodging

Day 6:

37km from Maniwaki to Gracefield, and 45 minute transfer to Wakefield.

Start your day with an early transfer from Ferme-Neuve (~80 km) to Maniwaki, then cycle the quiet roads and sections of the scenic Gatineau Valley bike path to Gracefield. From there, it’s about 45 minutes by van to Wakefield. You may have the unique chance to enjoy evening music performances at the infamously popular Black Sheep Inn. BLD
The Wakefield Mill Spa & Inn, or

Le Grange Country Inn; Wakefield

Day 7:

35km Champlain Lookout to Ottawa

First stop of the day is Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park, from where the views of Ottawa River are simply splendid. Ride down to the river, savouring the unusual beauty of the park. Follow the river on paved bike paths along side local commuters and visitors from around the world. Cross Champlain Bridge into downtown Ottawa and continue past the Canadian Mint, Parliament Buildings, and Museum of Civilization. Your adventure concludes following lunch at the National Gallery. 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 green circle 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 Montréal 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 Montréal through Mont Tremblant and well into rural Quebéc, from where you will descend toward Ottawa, enjoying the delightful bike paths through La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and the splendour 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






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 Musuem of History and the Canadian War Musuem.

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





Costs

Guided
includes 13% tax

US 2945 C 3385

(per person, double occupancy, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, luggage handling, maps and route notes, van and full-time guide)

Self-Guided
includes 13% tax

US 2745 C 3155

(per person, double occupancy, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential transfers, and emergency support)

Single Occupancy
includes 13% tax

US 685 C 785

Bicycle Rental
includes 13% tax

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


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 13% sales tax included.

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Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.