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6 circuits to ride in style this summer

Jeu, 20 juillet 2023

Credit : @Patric Nadeau

Summer is short in Quebec. We wink, and the season is already behind us.

To make sure we get the most out of each day, we strap on our bikes and set off, eyes wide open, to discover the region at its wildest and most spectacular.

The Bas-Saint-Laurent region is criss-crossed by six cycling circuits, each with its own ambience and level of difficulty. All you have to do is pedal... and admire!

Le circuit des Églantiers

On this 42 km asphalt circuit, you'll find yourself right in the heart of Kamouraska's unique landscapes, winding your way between the river and the surprising landforms that line Route 132.

This intermediate route stretches from Rivière-du-Loup to La Pocatière, passing through several villages with charming ancestral homes.

Along the way, you can enjoy a bite to eat at the Maison de Jean-Baptiste or the microbrewery La Tête d'allumette.

Credit : @Patric Nadeau

Petit Témis Interprovincial Linear Park

Flat but not flat, this gravel trail is a favorite with families, who find shade and can easily turn back when their little calves stop cooperating.

From Rivière-du-Loup, the trail follows an old railroad line into the forest as far as Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, revealing untamed landscapes.

At your destination, a water shuttle will take you to parc national Lac-Témiscouata. A visit to Domaine Acer will also appeal to sweet tooths.

Credit : @Nicolas Gagnon

Land and Sea Tour

Never been to Ile Verte before? Now's the time to remedy that!

Departing from Trois-Pistoles, this meditative 58 km loop, which includes a ride on the "Peter Fraser" ferry, takes you to the lighthouse on Île Verte, designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

Back on the mainland, you'll return to your starting point via a gently rolling road. Why not round off your adventure with an overnight stay at the Trois-Pistoles municipal campground?

Credit : @Mathieu Dupuis

Grand circuit maritime

Sure, this 60 km loop from Rimouski will torture your thighs with its endless climbs.

But we guarantee you'll forget all about these painful exertions in front of the majestic views of the St. Lawrence River from Sainte-Luce and Sainte-Flavie!

You can combine your hike with a visit to the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père or a dip on the beach at Anse-aux-coques.

Credit : @Mathieu Dupuis

Route des Frontières tour

Before heading off to the beach at Pohénégamook, treat yourself to a morning ride through the wooded hills that border New Brunswick and Maine.

Saddle up on Route 289 and gaze at the forest as far as the eye can see.

At the end of the day, Le Secret des Dieux microbrewery, located in a former monastery, will have the recipe to help you unwind.

Credit : @Mathieu Dupuis

Cyclosportif circuit

As its name suggests, this 55 km route is not for amateur hikers.

Between Saint-Louis-du-Ha !-Ha ! and Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, its positive vertical drop of 751 meters won't give you time to whistle. Instead, it offers an ideal training route for cyclists looking for a challenge.

To reward yourself in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, why not treat yourself to a gourmet dinner at the Auberge du Chemin faisant or an outdoor barbecue at the Témilac campsite?

Credit : @Mathieu Dupuis

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