Canada: Québec

Saguenay and Charlevoix Bike Tour


Seven nights; seven days of moderately easy bike touring, phenomenal hiking and optional sea kayaking while you explore the bike paths and trails of Lac-Saint-Jean, Charlevoix, and the majestic Saguenay Fjord. The terrain is not too hilly, making the longer distances more leisurely and enjoyable.

“The bike path was fantastic. Very pleasing to whizz down the highway to Tadoussac so quickly on a slight downhill.” - Jean O.





Itinerary


Start: Québec City, Hotel le Concorde, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location, if necessary,


Finish: Québec City, 14:00, day seven.


Day 1

Quebec City to Val Jalbert 26km

Meet in Quebec City this morning for an immediate transfer about 2 ½ hours north to La Plage Rigolet in Métabetchouan where the biking begins. Load up on snacks near the rebuilt Hudson's Bay Company trading post at the Métabetchouan Archeological Centre. A short bike ride today allows time for optional excursions, like a refreshing swim in the lake, or journey up a steep path to explore the Fairies Hole cave before biking along the gorgeous lakeshore to Val-Jalbert where you will feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, lodging in a beautifully reconstructed period home. LD (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips)
Village Historique Val Jalbert, Chambord

Day 2

Val Jalbert to Saint-Félicien 57km

Spend the day biking flat terrain with many optional diversions. The ride will take you along the lakeshore to Saint-Félicien, first passing the Mashteuiatsh Native Museum where you can learn about the culture and heritage of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh people – natives of this area for more than 6000 years. An early afternoon arrival at Saint-Félicien will provide ample time to experience the exceptional Zoo Sauvage, where you are caged on a train and the animals run free. The bilingual interpretation on this excursion is exceptional, and this experience receives consistently rave reviews (plan on at least two hours for a stop here). BLD
Auberge des Berges, Saint-Félicien

Day 3

Saint-Félicien or Dolbeau-Mistassini to Alma via Point Taillon. 69km or 127km

Start with a 30-minute transfer to Dolbeau-Mistassini and the banks of the Mistassini River at the “top” of Lac-Saint-Jean. Your morning warm up ride to Saint-Monique will lead you to a highlight of the tour - the bicycle ferry to traffic-free trails around the shore of Pointe-Taillon Park, an immense delta formed by the Peribonka River at the end of the last ice age. There are beautiful beaches and swimming opportunities. Finish the day biking, swimming and playing in the park before a short ride to your inn on the outskirt of Alma. Long-distance riders may choose to forego the morning transfer and begin cycling in Saint-Félicien. BLD
Gite aux Pignons, Alma

Day 4

Alma to Saguenay 45km or 124km

Complete your circumnavigation of Lac-St.-Jean finishing at Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix. From here you can be transferred about 60 minutes to your inn or you can extend your bike ride following the Route Verte past lakes and rivers and through forests toward Jonquière and on to your lodging overlooking the Saguenay River in downtown Chicoutimi. BL
Hotel Chicoutimi
, Saguenay

Day 5

Saguenay to La Baie, 45-min ferry crossing across the river, continue cycling to Tadoussac. Up to 113km

You’ll have an early start this morning as you continue along the Route Verte to La Baie where you will board the small ferry across the Saguenay fjord to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord. After lunch you’ll cycle the rolling road, predominantly downhill, to Tadoussac, where your scenic hotel awaits. BLD
Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

Day 6

Hiking 8km; with optional afternoon activities available

Guided groups will be led on the intermediate 8km hike from Tadoussac up a steady climb to the Adéla-Lessard mountain lookout and back. The broad sloping rock slabs are wonderful spot to rest and take in the view of the mouth of the fjord. Energetic hikers can continue from the lookout a further 9km on the hilly trail to Cap de la Boule (a transfer will be arranged for your return to Tadoussac). An earlier return to Tadoussac will allow time for optional activities like sea kayaking, whale watching, zodiac excursions, a short ride (12km) to see the amazing riverside Sand Dunes of Tadoussac, or just to linger in the village. B
Same lodging

Day 7

La Malbaie to Baie-Saint-Paul. 56km

Start your day with a transfer to La Malbaie, known as “the first vacation spot in Canada”, from where you will bike around the interior of a 54 km diameter meteor crater formed 350 million years ago. Enjoy true Quebecois hospitality at a café in Notre-Dame-des-Monts, and take in a panoramic view of the Saint Lawrence as you approach your inn at the centre of the crater. Don’t worry, meteors rarely strike twice in the same place! This afternoon you can take a 15-minute ferry ride to l’Île-aux-Coudres and explore its blissful solitude by bicycle (23 km). You can also visit a windmill museum, or an award-winning orchard to taste their rare ice cider. BLD
Auberge La Muse, Baie-Saint-Paul

Day 8

Return to Quebec City. 12km

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Boischatel, where you can walk the suspension bridge, take a cable car, a zipline, or a via ferrata to view the Montmorency Falls. There are 487 steps on the staircase to the top, where the views of the 270-foot falls are amazing. Have lunch at one of the bistros there, then cycle the last 12km into the heart of Old Quebec City where your adventure concludes mid-afternoon. B





Description




Note about the route:

This is an easy tour for the first part around the lake, with a more challenging finish in Charlevoix, predominantly on paved roads and pathways with a few un-surfaced (fine crushed stone) sections. The hiking on day six is moderate to challenging; bring stout footwear and lots of energy. The optional kayaking will take you at a leisurely pace through usually calm waters - no previous experience is required. Lodging on days 2 and 3 is relatively simple, and sometimes means sharing a bathroom. If this is important to you, please ask when booking.




This bike tour takes you through two of Quebec’s most beautiful regions. The Saguenay & Lac-Saint-Jean region is so vast that for generations people have called it “the Kingdom”. A unique sanctuary of culture and breathtaking beauty, it is rich with discoveries and warm, welcoming people, and is ideal for bicycle touring. Starting with the gentle landscapes around Lac St-Jean, you will pedal the shores of the freshwater lake that feeds the Saguenay River. With views of Mont Valin to the north and the Laurentians to the south, this tour provides surprising panoramas. Following the Saguenay’s flow as it leaves the lake you will follow the fjord, one of the world’s longest, to where its fresh waters blend with those of the tidal Saint Lawrence River. This confluence is rich in nutrients, and is the summer hangout for numerous species of whales. Most notable are the pure white belugas that make whale watching, hiking, and sea-kayaking here a fantastic experience.


Next, you will visit Charlevoix, sandwiched between craggy Laurentian Mountains and the Saint Lawrence River. It encompasses a relatively smooth and flat meteorite impact crater that accommodates dairy farming and great bicycling! The wildlife and exceptional richness of its flora have warranted its classification as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, comprising agricultural, tidal marshland, and even mountain tundra ecosystems.


We invite you to come and enjoy the natural beauty, unique culture, and regional cuisine with us. Whether you are a nature lover, a whale watcher, a music fan, a history buff or an adventurer, you are promised memorable moments in this most fascinating region of ‘la belle province.'






Maps & Elevations


Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
  26 km
2
45 km or 98 km
3
69 km
4
45 km
5
75 km or 100 km
6
  Variable
7
  56 km
8
  Transfer & Farewell


Learn more

Québec City is a World Heritage Site and you'll enjoy an extra night or two before or after your trip.

For more cycling, consider exploring the southern bank of the St. Lawrence River on the Bas-St-Laurent Bike adventure.

When staying in Quebec, we recommend Auberge Le Vincent or the more opulent Auberge Saint Antoine. A fascinating way to learn about downtown history is to take a guided Ghost Walk. There are also guided walks around the citadelle.

Mid-August Wednesday and Saturday evenings are great for pyromaniacs, as the sky over the Plains of Abraham park is lit up with musical firework celebrations!





Costs

US 2915 C 3445

(per person, double occupancy, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, luggage handling, full-time guide, van support, maps and route notes)

US 2535 C 2995

(per person, double occupancy, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner (Val Jalbert), inn to inn luggage transfers, maps, route notes, ground transportation as outlined in the itinerary, on-call emergency support)

Single Occupancy

5% GST included

US 610 C 720

Bicycle Rental

5% GST included

Hybrid: US 135 C 155
Racing: US 255 C 295
Full Carbon Racing: US 395 C 455
Electric-assist: US 395 C 455

*Contact us about savings when groups of four or more book self-guided tours.*


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