3
Introductory
Activities
  • 4 days self-guided cycling
Accommodation
  • 4 nights hotels and B&B's

Price

5 daysfrom

$850USD

Overview

Trip code: PEF

Trip highlights


  • Embark on a family-friendly adventure with great views and cultural experiences
  • Enjoy a flat, meandering trail crossing railway stations and historical villages
  • Learn the history of the rail villages and restored railway stations

Cycle with your family in the famous linear park “Le P’tit Train du Nord”, the longest park of its kind in Canada. We’ve selected the best sections of the trail so that you can enjoy the beautiful Laurentians region at your own pace with your little ones. It is a gentle, mostly crushed gravel trail that curves around rivers, lakes, and the base of mountains. Travel along an old settler's route through the lush countryside and abandoned, restored train stations. The flat landscape and charming villages make it a perfect rendezvous for a family adventure.


Itinerary

Make your way to your joining hotel in Saint-Jérôme, the Laurentians' regional capital. With the "Place des Festivités" as its cultural centre, this is the gateway town and location of KM-0 of the P'tit Train du Nord. Every summer, the city comes to life with the local Folk Festival and a diverse summer events program. There are plenty of ways to spend your day - Visit one of the museums, shops, bistros, terraces, or a local microbrewery (micro brasserie). Enjoy the outdoors with a visit to the open air market, follow a historical walking route complete with heritage panels, or enjoy wildlife interpretive trails, hiking, and paddling in Riviere-du-Nord regional park. Overnight centrally-located hotel.

Meals:  Nil

This morning, make your way to the bike shop near KM-0 of the trail to collect your bikes, make adjustments, and then transfer north to the KM-129 onboard our shared scheduled shuttle service. From here we start our journey on The Petit Train du Nord after exploring the charming rail town of Rivière Rouge with its inviting main street and green spaces. Consider stopping in the village of Labelle to enjoy lunch next to the trail. If you have chosen the shorter version of 20km (12miles) your journey will start in Labelle. Soon you will be approaching the hills famous for winter ski excursions. Mont-Tremblant is most widely-known for its resort area; a European-style pedestrian village at the base of the ski hills with plenty of tourist shops, restaurants, and condos. In the summer, it is the base for exploring hiking trails of Mont-Tremblant National Park, and enjoying festivals. The rail trail goes near the resort area, but not through it - It passes through the lake-side 'Village' and larger 'Downtown' which each have their own character and facilities. We roll into a comfortable and well-located B&B for the night.

Meals:  B

Today's ride takes you through the town of Saint-Faustin–Lac-Carré, rich with culture, outdoor activities, and plenty of opportunities to explore. Take a stroll or ride around Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré with some 30 outdoor sculptures, the Love Tree and its Love Locks, the Maison des Arts et de la Culture, the old station heritage building and the century-old church. Enjoy a local brew on one of its outdoor terraces.

Meals:  B,D

You will be riding through Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, a service town and activity hub set on Lac des Sables with a bustling downtown, lovely beaches, and lakeside outdoor shows. Your home for tonight is Val-David, a pretty little artist town and rock-climber's haven surrounded by forest and home to good lodging and excellent cuisine.

Meals:  B

Clearly entering the outskirts of a big city, your ride today takes you through the small residential town of Piedmont and the more highly-populated Prévost, nuzzled up against escarpment cliffs and with the Rivière-du-Nord running through its old village. Prévost offers a number of attractions, including the Rivière-du-Nord regional park, the century-old rail station, and the Parc de la Coulée with its multi-use recreational trails. In town, visit artisan studios (painting and glass), local antique shops, and much more. It's not long before you're rolling back into familiar Saint-Jérôme as you cruise toward the 'finish line' at Place de la Gare where you can drop off your bikes, enjoy a celebratory beverage, and say 'au revoir' to Le P'tit Train Du Nord.

Meals:  Nil


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 3 nights B&B's with private facilities (family room)
  • 1 night hotel with private facilities (family room)
  • 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Hybrid bicycle rental including helmet, 2 panniers, lock, and basic repair kit. Chariot or Trail o Bike available
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Navigation APP inclusive of detailed route notes and points of interest (available offline while walking cycling)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • C$50 donation to Trans Canada Trail

  • Optional electric-assist bicycle upgrade (extra cost, limited quantities)
  • Travel to/from Saint-Jérôme
  • Guide (this is a self-guided tour)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (suggestions are provided)
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Airfare, visas, travel insurance (required)

Accommodation


Bike information


Suitability

Introductory

3

Introductory. The rail trail is an easy, mostly flat, stone dust/packed gravel surface. Distances each day are short (42-60km), so this itinerary is suitable for even the most beginner cyclists, including active children 7 years and older. In wet weather, parts of the trail may be muddy. Self-guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). Cyclists will be expected to know how to fix a flat tire and make basic adjustments to their bicycles using the included repair kit. Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help are all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self-guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of it as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7-day service hotline in the event of any problems.


Departure dates

Daily Sundays to Wednesdays from mid-June through September

Notes

Note:
Local services are shared/public, so solo travellers need only pay a single supplement for accommodation.

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Total Priceper person from

$850USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for bringing own bikeUSD$-61
  • Electric Bike Supplement (on request, limited availability)USD$160
* Prices listed are per person. All prices subject to applicable taxes.

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