Let’s roll! The most beautiful places for a picture-perfect bike ride

Spring is here! The sun, the singing of the birds and that warmer weather make it the perfect time for a long, leisurely bike ride. Just install that rack on the car and tune up your bike—you’re ready to ride! Whether it’s a bike path or a gravel road, you’ll find plenty of beautiful choices in Quebec, Ontario, and the rest of Canada as well.


In Quebec

Les Berges | Montreal

Who ever said you need to leave the city to enjoy a bike ride and beautiful views? Les Berges offers 119 km of bike paths that follow along the river, around the island of Montreal. The Lachine Rapids and Lake Saint-Louis are particularly magnificent places to stop and take in the scenery. As a bonus, there are lots of picnic areas and heritage attractions when you need to take a break along the route.

 

La Véloroute des Bleuets | Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

The Véloroute des Bleuets is probably THE most beautiful bike path of all, allowing you to take a full tour of Lac-Saint-Jean on two wheels. This unique bike destination has breathtaking landscapes to your left, and to your right, and to your left and to your right, and to your left….

 

Cycloparc PPJ | Outaouais

Located right on the border with Ontario, this former railway line is now dedicated to cycling enthusiasts. There are over 92 kilometres of dazzling panoramic views to be enjoyed between Bristol and Isle-aux-Allumettes.  There are several routes and levels of difficulty to choose from, ensuring that everyone has a good time!

 

Marie-Hélène-Prémont Cycle Route | Quebec

In the Quebec region, the Véloroute Marie-Hélène-Prémont Cycle Route is the ideal spot for combining cycling and tourism. Nearly 55 km of trail leads you through several charming villages, some of which still carry the New France coat of arms!  It’s a magnificent historical journey that nourishes the eyes and the soul!

 

Le P’tit Train du Nord | Laurentides

Le P’tit Train du Nord, is 234 km of fun offering you an unbeatable view of almost all of the Laurentians—on a clear day you can see as far as Montreal!  It's definitely a bike path worthy of an unforgettable adventure!

 

L’Estriade and parc de la Yamaska | Montérégie

L’Estriade is a picturesque network of trails that won’t work you too hard. The route stretches over 97 kilometres, providing for a relaxing, leisurely ride.

 

 

Elsewhere in Canada

Waterfront Trail | Cornwall, Ontario

This is a major cycling network along the Great Lakes of Ontario. Among the most beautiful stretches is the Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence portion. The route alternates between asphalt and gravel roads and the view, thanks to the St.Lawrence that run along almost the entire route, is always enchanting.

 

Lake Ramsey | Sudbury, Ontario

From the Science North parking lot (make sure to take some time to visit this world-renowned science centre!) you can access the multipurpose trail that circles Ramsey Lake Park. End your ride, with a dip in the lake and a picnic.  Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit!

 

High Rockies Trail | Calgary

Experience the Rockies on two wheels! This hidden gem is one of the most beautiful bike trails in the country. Located west of Calgary in the Kananaskis region, it’s a spectacular route that puts the best of Mother Nature on display. You’ll need to see it to believe it!

 

Wild ride!

Want to get off the beaten track and discover a type of bike that might suit your wilder side? Gravel biking is just the ticket! On these trails, the adventure begins where the road ends...

  • Not very far from Montreal, is a fantastic 20 km route. It’s the perfect spot to take in the sunset over the canal in the evening.
  • For a gentle introduction into this type of riding, the Parcours Louis-Joseph Papineau in Outaouais is a flat 14 km route that winds through the surrounding fields and forests.
  • Those with calves of steel will appreciate the Traverse des Townships. This challenging route is steep and it's breathtakingly beautiful.

To make the most of your bike rides, prepare your outings carefully, respect the Highway Code everywhere, and always keep your safety top of mind. Keep the good times rolling!