Cycle from Montreal to Ottawa on this exciting adventure. The Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal provide a gorgeous scenic backdrop
Cycle from Montreal to Ottawa on this exciting adventure. The Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal provide a gorgeous scenic backdrop. 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 adventure 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 Gatineau Park. 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.
Cycle Montreal to Ottawa - Day 1
44 or 98km
Meet your guides at 09:00 in Montreal, ready to ride. Transfer 1 ¼ hours north to Saint Jerome where you will begin bicycling Le P’tit Train du Nord. You will cycle through lush forests and may swim often in the many lakes and rivers alongside the bike path. First stop is Val-David, where you can visit galleries of renowned local and international artists. Energetic cyclists can proceed to Mont-Tremblant by bike while more relaxed riders can linger and take advantage of an afternoon transfer. Mont-Tremblant is most famous as a winter destination, but the village and surrounding area blooms during the summer with many activities to keep your energy high. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips; self-guided trips include breakfast only unless otherwise noted)
Auberge Le Lupin, or
Upgrade to Hotel Quintessence; Mont-Tremblant ($250pp)
Today is a loop ride following smoothly paved car free bike paths and quiet secondary roads. Optional afternoon activities include golfing on one of six fantastic courses (pre-booking often required), river rafting, hiking on one of many trails of varying degrees of difficulty, taking a gondola ride to the summit of Tremblant where you can admire the panoramic view from 2871 feet, sliding down the mountain on the alpine luge, or visiting one of many lakes where you can swim, paddle or just lounge on the beach. BL
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
56km before lunch. 40-100km after lunch.
Plan for an early start today, to allow time to cover the required distances! First, cycle to a picnic lunch at the terminus of le P’tit Train du Nord at Mont-Laurier. Next, you’ll transfer by vehicle about 45 minutes to Maniwaki to begin cycling through the scenic Gatineau Valley toward Gracefield, or beyond if you’re feeling strong. Finish with an end of day 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. BLD
The Wakefield Mill Spa & Inn, or
Le Grange Country Inn; Wakefield
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
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. We hope you have enjoyed the Laurentian Mountains on this awesome bike ride!