La Route Verte is National Geographic's #1 bikeway, and we understand why. This system of interconnected, well-marked routes brings cyclists safely from city to countryside across the entire province. But our Quebec trip is so much more than routes. It is the experience of a petit piece of French culture in the heart of North America. As we roll through 17th century villages hugging the shore of the mighty river, local Quebecois greet us with open arms. Here the St. Laurence seems more like the sea than a river as we look across to rugged mountains, and watch the sun set behind fishing nets in the gorgeous village of Kamouraska.
Inspired by both France and North America, Quebec cuisine is reason alone to visit. With Eastwind Cycle we incorporate incredible food at every turn, from raw milk cheeses at our picnics, haute cuisine at Panache, decadent poutine at road-side diners and heritage vegetables at the exquisite Auberge des Glacis. History is at the forefront of your experience as we visit a working grist mill, a 17th century manor house, and bike through the streets of old Quebec and the Plains of Abraham, the site of the pivotal battle that decided the fate of North America.
Above all, it’s the biking, whether right alongside the river, past a graceful church spire or over the myriad bike paths of Quebec City out to the crashing cascades at Chutes Montmorency … we love Quebec and la Route Verte.
Day 1. L’Islet sur Mer
Pick up Quebec City hotels/airport/train; hour shuttle to trip start; biking 70KM through country roads and along St. Lawrence River; lunch Montmagny; arrive at Auberge des Glacis, a lovely country inn on a quiet back road, famous for its local cuisine; dine at the inn.
Day 2. L’Islet
Bike from the inn along la Route Verte (Quebec’s famous bike path) with options of 70-90KM; visit Musee Maritime to see the story of shipping on the St. Laurent; lunch in St. Jean Port Joli, renowned town for wood sculpture; visit Seigneurie Les Aulnaies; dine again at Auberge des Glacis.
Day 3. KamouraskaBike from inn to inn at Kamouraska one of Quebec’s most beautiful villages 75KM; lunch at La Pocatiere; arrive and stay at Auberge La Grand Voile in Kamouraska with amazing views of sunset over the river; dine at Auberge des Iles on local specialities.
Day 4. Kamouraska
Bike the back country above the river; optional walk up the gorge of Sept Chutes (7 waterfalls); picnic on local cheeses at church; optional strenuous hike up to incredible views over the river (1 hour); stop at Brasserie Breughel for late afternoon beers. A Belgian style brew pub at a farm overlooking the river; dine at Auberge des Iles.
Day 5. Quebec
Transfer 1 hour to Berthier sur Mer; bike into Quebec city along paved bike paths 40KM; lunch at Traiteur Beaumont; optional ride extensions along bike path in Levis/Route Verte; ferry across to city; arrive at inn Auberge St. Antoine. This is a 5 star hotel and the only member of the Relais and Chateau association in Quebec City. Located in Basse Ville national historic area and also a UNESCO World Heritage site; dine at Toast! Unique Quebecois style dining experience.
Day 6. Quebec
Bike the bike trails of Quebec. The city is crisscrossed with paved, bikes only, paths. Options of 40 to 80KM – 100KM; visit Chutes Montmorency via cable car; picnic lunch trail side; visit Wendake Huron Indian village; dine at Panache, considered one of the best restaurants in Quebec.
Day 7. Quebec
Early morning pre breakfast ride Tour the Plains of Abraham battlefield park; optional ride extension along Champlain bike path 20-40KM; 11AM tour ends.
Dates and Costs:
We offer this tour anytime between June 1st and October 1st. Price is based on various factors such as duration, accommodations, group size etc. Thus the final price can vary from $1500 -$2800. Please contact Eastwind Cycle to design and price a custom journey to fit your criteria.