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A trail for every personality

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Laura Martin

Tell me how you pedal and I’ll tell you where to go! In the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, tours offer a variety of atmospheres and levels of difficulty to suit all types of cyclist. Whether you like to take it easy, whistling and talking to the birds, or prefer to test your muscular limits on sheer slopes, the region has something for everyone. Choose your camp… and ride big!

For food lovers

On the Circuit des églantiers, you’ll find yourself in the belly of Kamouraska, winding between the river and the cabourons lining Route 132. This 42 km paved route stretches from Rivière-du-Loup to La Pocatière, passing through several charming villages with gourmet shops. You can stop to refuel at Pizzéria des Battures, Maison de Jean-Baptiste or Jardin du Bedeau. After all, if you’re going to work out, it’s got to be for a sweet treat at the end!

For clan leaders

Flat but not flat, the Parc linéaire interprovincial Petit Témis is a favorite with families, who find shade and can easily turn back when the mini-calves stop cooperating. Taking an old railroad line from Rivière-du-Loup, the gravel trail winds through the forest to Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, revealing untamed landscapes, wild smells and new sounds. At your destination, a water shuttle will take you to Lac-Témiscouata National Park. Why not round off this beautiful hike with a sweet visit to Domaine Acer?

For athletes

Comme son nom l’indique, le Circuit cyclosportif ne s’adresse pas aux cyclistes du dimanche. Entre Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac et Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha!, vous n’aurez pas le goût de rire. Le dénivelé positif de 751 mètres vous amènera dans vos derniers retranchements. Mais c’est ce que vous aimez, non? Ce parcours de 55km s’avère un site d’entraînement idéal pour les athlètes en quête de défis. Pour vous récompenser à l’arrivée, pencherez-vous pour un souper gastronomique à l’Auberge du Chemin faisant ou pour des grillades au camping Témilac 

For meditators

Never been to Ile Verte before? Now’s the time to remedy that! After taking the boat with your bike, you’ll be able to discover this paradise reproduced in the latest Rabagliati film. You’ll be able to cross this peaceful territory from shore to shore, lulled by the melody of the earth crunching beneath your wheels. Plan a moment of mindfulness at the foot of the lighthouse, designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Back on the mainland, you can round off your day of fresh air with an overnight stay at the Trois-Pistoles municipal campground. We bet you won’t stay up late…

For partygoers

Before you head off for an afternoon of fun at the beach in Pohénégamook, treat yourself to a morning ride on the Circuit de la route des Frontières, through the wooded hills that border New Brunswick and Maine.Saddle up on Route 289 and take in the lush forest and majestic lake, all the while contemplating your plans for the evening. Don’t forget to include Le Secret des dieux microbrewery, which knows just the recipe to help you unwind and make new friends.

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For contemplatives

For you, panoramic views are everything. Even if you have to climb for hours to get there. Sure, the Grand Circuit Maritime, a 60 km loop from Rimouski, will torture your thighs. But your painful efforts will be rewarded by the view of the St. Lawrence River from Sainte-Luce and Sainte-Flavie. If you’re still able to walk off the saddle, visit the Pointe-au-Père maritime historic site or enjoy a refreshing dip on the beach at Anse-aux-Coques. It’ll be a day that’ll hurt your legs, but do more good for your eyes. We promise.