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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 6 days self-guided cycling
Accommodation
  • 7 nights inns/b&b's

Price

8 daysfrom

$1299USD

Overview

Trip code: CDR

Trip highlights


  • Cycle the historical route between Montreal and Quebec City
  • Admire the picturesque landscapes along the St. Lawrence River
  • Indulge in local specialties, maple syrup, wines, and craft beers
  • Step back in the time of New France as you wander around old towns
  • Explore Old Quebec City, its fortified town and a 400 year legacy of colonial architecture

Experience the beauty and history of Quebec’s King’s Road (Chemin du Roy) on a self-guided bike touring adventure. This multi-day cycling tour follows the heritage route stretching over 280 km/174 miles between Montreal and Quebec City, part of the Route Verte trail network. At the beginning of the 18th century, the French crown decreed the build of King’s Road alongside the St. Lawrence River. It crossed 37 seigneuries granted to nobles, merchants and religious congregations of New France. The subjects who made use of the land along the river were responsible for establishing the section of the road in front of their land. This feudal system of colonization and development resulted in the longest road north of the Rio Grande. Today you can cycle King’s Road and explore its many heritage sites, historical villages, beautiful landscape and the marvellous architecture of the old towns from the New France period. This adventure is also about enjoying the famous “joie de vivre” of the Quebecers, discovering wineries, savouring delicious local products fresh from the farmer’s markets and tasting local beer at one of many excellent microbreweries.


Itinerary

Please make your way to the joining hotel in Montréal, located conveniently downtown, near a variety of restaurants and eclectic shops. The island of Montréal was originally a diplomatic trading area for regional First Nations valued for its strategic location on the St Lawrence River. Eventually, it became a bustling port city now also home to art galleries, museums, beautiful patios and gastronomic restaurants. Montréal represents a mosaic of cultures and traditions worth exploring. You may wish to arrive a day or two before your cycling tour starts.

Meals:  Nil

After making your way to the bike shop, you will be fitted for your bikes. While there is some road biking today within Montreal and on the way to Terrebonne, you will be using scenic bike paths where possible and passing through multiple beautiful parks within the city. By the end of the day’s ride, you will have reached Old Terrebonne, known for the magnificent architecture of its 18th and 19th century seigneurial buildings, cultural events and sites, and a huge network of cycling paths.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, you will ride on the TransTerrebonne bike path, which parallels the Rivière des Mille Îles, before rejoining King's Road near Repentigny. Our route will pass by parks and residential areas before cutting through Repentigny, which features a historic landmark known as the Moulin Grenier, a mill built in 1820. After passing a few wineries and stretches of farmland, you will reach your accommodation in Berthierville. This charming town features the Gilles-Villeneuve museum, dedicated to the legendary racecar driver and the local bakery, known for their classic potato donuts.

Meals:  B

The day's route passes several plots of farmland and charming communities on your way to Pointe-du-Lac, located just west of Trois-Rivières. As you cycle through the quaint towns of Louiseville and Yamachiche, enjoy the architecture of historical buildings such as impressive town halls and beautiful churches, including the famous St. Antony of Padua. Stop in and enjoy the historic café, old-fashioned candy store and museum at the 'Magasin général Le Brun' on the route. You will pass through parks, terraces and heritage panels before arriving in Pointe-du-Lac, which offers remarkable views of the St. Lawrence River. If you plan on extending your stay, we recommend spending an extra night here since it is within easy cycling distance of Trois-Rivières and its many cultural or historical attractions.

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle through Trois-Rivières, the second oldest city in Quebec and one of the first cities in Canada. We recommend taking in the sites on your way through, such as the old historic district home to the Old Prison, once the longest-operating detention centre in Canada. If time permits, you may visit its museums that include exhibits on Quebec's culture. The parks and promenades of Trois-Rivières also feature some beautiful green spaces. After you leave the city, the views while you ride will be impressive due to your proximity to the water. You will spend the night in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, a small but charming town that offers scenic views from the nearby bridge.

Meals:  B

Another great cycling day along the St. Lawrence River awaits you. We recommend starting your ride by taking a minor detour to explore the Moulin à vent de Grondines built in 1674 and is said to be the oldest windmill in Quebec. Today you will also pass the Moulin de la Chevrotière, now recognized as a historical monument. Our bike route then takes you through several lovely towns where you can sample local delicacies and stop by one of the microbreweries encountered on today's route. A delicious homecooked meal awaits at the accommodations for the evening today.

Meals:  B,D

While the distance covered this day is shorter and generally rolls downhill, you will want to prepare some intensive uphill sections. The King's Road meanders around, up and down several hills as you approach Quebec City. We recommend stopping in at a charming Québécois sugar shack located right off the road for lunch and some maple syrup. The cycling path leads you along the water's edge downtown into Old Quebec City. A fortified historical and cultural heart of Québec City and a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be staying in or near the Old town tonight, and the treasured city will be available for you to explore. Québec City has plenty to see and do, and we suggest extending your stay. We can assist with reserving extra nights so that you can fully experience one of the oldest European cities in North America.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, you will have some time to explore the city. This is followed by a shuttle that will return you and your bikes to the bike shop in Montréal where the trip concludes.

Meals:  B


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

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 7 nights in 3-star accommodation on a double occupancy basis
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers (1 piece per person 20 kg max)
  • Hybrid bicycle rental including helmet, repair kit, 2 panniers, rear rack and lock
  • Navigation APP inclusive of detailed route notes and points of interest
  • Emergency Hotline

  • Optional electric-assist bicycle upgrade (extra cost, limited quantities)
  • Guide (this is a self-guided tour)
  • Lunch and Dinner unless listed otherwise (suggestions are provided)
  • Transfers at end of tour (available at an extra cost)
  • Transfer within Montreal to the bike shop
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Airfare, visas, travel insurance (required)
  • Applicable taxes

Accommodation


Bike information


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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Introductory to moderate. The King's Road is a moderate, mostly flat, and paved 280 km/174 miles road cycling route with some bike paths, paved shoulders, and designated low-traffic road surfaces. Distances each day are short but cyclists should be prepared for some steep hills, especially near Quebec City. 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 is 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 if 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 from mid-May through Mid-October

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Total Priceper person from

$1299USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Options & Supplements*
  • Bring your own bike discountUSD$-147
  • Terrebonne own room supplementUSD$49
  • E-bike supplementUSD$140
  • Single SupplementUSD$640
  • Single Traveller SupplementUSD$1040
* Prices listed are per person. All prices subject to applicable taxes.

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