Portneuf, Côte-de-Beaupré, Île d'Orléans, and Jacques-Cartier area all offer outstanding bike touring, mountain biking, and bike paths. Pedal your way through lovely countryside as you admire rushing rivers, mountains, rolling hills, and the majestic and omnipresent St. Lawrence River.
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Local Bike Paths and Routes
Corridor des Cheminots – 22 km
A multipurpose trail on a former railway line for cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, and inline skaters. The path, which is part of the Route Verte and the Trans Canada Trail, crosses lovely landscapes in the Québec City boroughs of La Cité-Limoilou, des Rivières and La Haute-Saint-Charles, on its way to Shannon. It also links to Corridor du Littoral and Domaine Maizerets. Various services available en route.
Corridor des Beauportois – 5.7 km
A multipurpose trail linking the municipal campground to the shopping area on rue Clémenceau. Heading south, users can connect to Corridor du Littoral via the bike path along Rivière Beauport.
Corridor du Littoral – 50 km
A trail for cyclists and, in some sections, pedestrians, inline skaters, and people with reduced mobility. It runs along the St. Lawrence River, from Parc de la Chute-Montmorency to Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures.
Corridor de la Rivière-Saint-Charles – 9 km
A multipurpose loop trail that runs along both banks of Rivière Saint-Charles, starting east at Samson bridge and heading west to Marie-de-l'Incarnation bridge on the north side (4.7 km) and Scott bridge on the south side (4.3 km).
Portneuf and Jacques-Cartier Area
Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf Bike Path – 68 km
This limestone path linking Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier to Rivière-à-Pierre runs along an old rail bed with a maximum incline of 3%. The Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf Bike Path provides direct access to downtown Québec City via Corridor des Cheminots.
Dansereau/La Liseuse Bike Path (Portneuf–Jacques-Cartier) – 15 km
This path provides lovely views of Jacques-Cartier River between the towns of Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier and Pont-Rouge.
Chemin du Roy (Route Verte) – 56 km
This linear route follows historic Chemin du Roy along the St. Lawrence River past heritage sights and through beautiful natural surroundings!
More details on Portneuf
More details on Jacques-Cartier area
There are paved shoulders at least 2 ft. wide on most of Route 368 circling the island. In the villages the road is narrower, so there is no space for shoulders. However, signs indicate the road is shared.
Félix-Leclerc Route – 67 km
Discover why Félix Leclerc, Québec singer and poet, loved Île d'Orléans so much! This loop goes around the entire island, but is best on weekdays to avoid the risks of weekend and rush hour traffic.
Bell Tower Route – 38,9 km
Start this loop at the church in Sainte-Famille, and go towards Saint-Pierre. Take Route des Prêtres to Saint-Laurent and continue to Saint-Jean. Take Route du Mitan that takes you back to Sainte-Famille. Admire heritage sites, churches, a processional chapel, the marina, and a beach—all to the rhythm of the tides of the majestic St. Lawrence River.
More details on Île d'Orléans
Marie-Hélène-Prémont Bike Path – 55 km
Enjoy country pleasures as you wind your way through some of the first villages ever settled in French North America on one of the oldest roads in Québec, Route de la Nouvelle-France. Discover seven rural municipalities and close to 40 tourist attractions, as well as marvelous landscapes, history, and heritage. The path connects to 120 kilometers of mountain bike trails at Mont-Sainte-Anne.
Cap-Tourmente Route – 10 km
Discover the tranquil beauty of Saint-Joachim and the breathtaking landscapes of Cap Tourmente, which looks out over the St. Lawrence River. In the spring and fall, catch the spectacular site of thousands of migrating snow geese.
More details on Côte-de-Beaupré
Mountain Biking in the Area
The area surrounding Québec City is a prime destination for mountain bike
enthusiasts. With nearly 300 km of cross-country trails at five centers and 25 km of downhill trails for hardcore devotees, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into for beginners and experts alike!
Year after year, both amateurs and the world’s best riders thrill to the electrifying atmosphere at the Vélirium Mountain Bike Festival and UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne. This celebrated festival features heart-stopping races, as well as recreational events to suit all levels.
Take your pick of fluid single tracks coursing through lush woods or bump ‘n grind downhill trails with stunning views of the St. Lawrence River. The Québec City area offers challenges galore to put your skills and legs to the test!
The Route Verte bikeway network stretches more than 5,000 kilometers, linking many regions from one end of our vast province to the other.
The Route Verte in the Québec City area:
- Historic Chemin du Roy (Route 138) for 56 km
- Corridor du Littoral Bike Path for 50 km
- Corridor des Cheminots for 22 km
- Marie-Hélène-Prémont Bike Path for 55 km
- Jacques-Cartier/Portneuf Bike Path for 68 km
Visit the Route Verte website
Businesses displaying a “Welcome Cyclists!” certificate have services that meet the needs of cyclists. Many establishments in the Québec City region display it proudly.
Bike Rentals, Tours and Repairs
Demers bicyclettes et skis de fond
Vélo Passe-Sport Plein Air
2013 Calendar of Cycling Events
Recreational Rides and Races
May 15, 2013
2013 Silent Tour — Organized by: Université Laval
Rendez-vous : Université Laval, rue des Sciences de l’éducation
Université Laval, 6:30 PM — 15 km
June 2, 2013
Le tour de l'Île d'Orléans à vélo St-Hubert (bicycle ride) — 40, 50 or 67 km
418-956-4100 or 1-888-687-4534
June 9, 2013
Randonnée cycliste familiale « La CINQ » — 25 km
Arrondissements Beauport et Charlesbourg
June 16, 2013
Randonnée Tanguay – Tour de la Capitale — 25 km or 42 km
June 22 - 23, 2013
Gran Fondo Mont-Sainte-Anne (NEW!) — 55 km, 115 km or 160 km
August 11, 2013
Granfundo Garneau-Cascades — 110 km
Trois-Rivières - Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures
August 11, 2013
Raid Vélo Mag — 33 km, 63 km or 81 km
August 18, 2013
Cyclo-Défi de Québec — 70, 100 or 165 km
September 12, 2013
Cyclosportive La Québécoise (NEW!) — 85 km, 130 km or 165 km
National and International Competitions
June 15, 2013
Québec City Stage of the Tour de Beauce
Québec City and Chaudière-Appalaches Region
August 8 - 11, 2013
Vélirium 2013 - Mountain Bike Festival and UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
August 23 - 25, 2013
Raid Extrême Bras du Nord
St-Raymond de Portneuf
September 13, 2013
Grand prix cycliste de Québec