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Introductory

Traveler Rating

 

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

Price

5 daysfrom

$850USD

Overview

Trip code: PET

Trip highlights


  • Explore the gorgeous lakes, forests, trails, and communities of the Laurentians
  • With your bags shuttled ahead, carry only what you need for the ride
  • Indulge in the culinary delights at local bistros and outdoor terraces
  • Enjoy a flat, meandering trail crossing restored railway stations and historical villages
  • Learn the history of the rail villages and restored railway stations

Self-guided multi-day bike rides just don’t come easier - or more beautiful - than Le P’tit Train du Nord, a gentle 200km-long rail trail through gorgeous Laurentian countryside. With your bags shuttled ahead to cozy B&B’s along this former railway line, let your mind wander as you pedal through lush tree-tunnel forests, vibrant villages, and restored historical stations. Meandering around sparkling lakes, bubbling brooks and the base of the Laurentian mountains, greet friendly locals, sample cafes, explore a summer festival, spot wildlife, or pick up fine wine and cheese for your refreshingly light saddlebags. With a gradient that varies between hardly uphill, flat and joyously downhill, the gentle, crushed gravel or paved trail is clearly marked, delightfully social, and amenable for even the most introductory of riders. Counting down the kilometres, four days provides plenty of flexibility, with time to sample award-winning bistros, shop the boutiques, and explore destinations like the world famous Mont Tremblant resort. Powered by pedals and your own curiosity, Le P’tit Train du Nord offers an unforgettable and unique combination of Quebecois landscape, food, history, culture and adventure.


Itinerary

Make your way to our joining hotel in Saint-Jérôme, the Laurentians' regional capital and KM-0 on the P'tit Train du Nord trail. Summers are bursting with colour, including a popular summer folk festival and daily events centred on the lively Place des Festivités. Learn about the region on the historical walking trail, shop for souvenirs in the open-air market, hike or paddle in the Riviere-du-Nord regional park, or sample a taste of the region at a local bistro, artisan store or micro-brewery. We overnight in a centrally located hotel.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast, meet at the bicycle shop near the trail’s KM-0 to collect your bikes, make any adjustments, and transfer north to the trail's end (KM-200) in Mont-Laurier, the capital of the Upper Laurentians. From the trail's starting point, pedal south towards Nominingue via Lac-des-Ecorces and Lac-Saguay. There will be plenty of opportunity for rests should your legs need to acclimatize, and time for a lakeside picnic lunch. A 3-course gourmet dinner awaits at your scenic accommodation in Nominingue.

Meals:  B,D

Choose to explore Nominingue's wharf, public beach or local biking trails, or get straight back onto the trail to continue onwards to Tremblant. Enjoy the idyllic shores of Lac Nominingue, and next arrive at the historical rail town of Rivière Rouge, with its inviting main street. Depending on time, a river or lakefront café in the village of Labelle is an ideal lunch break. Ahead lie Quebec’s most famous national park and the largest ski resort in eastern Canada, Mont-Tremblant. The rail trail does not intersect the European-style resort area itself – avoiding the hills – instead intersecting with Tremblant’s lakeside Village and Downtown zones. Our cozy B&B is close to the trail, and perfectly located for you to explore a wide variety of stores, drinking holes, and restaurants.

Meals:  B

Working off last night’s dinner, pedal into the colourful towns of Saint-Faustin–Lac-Carré and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. Enjoying its summer celebrations, Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré’s attractions include 30 outdoor sculptures, the Love Tree and its Love Locks, the Maison des Arts et de la Culture, a heritage station building, and the town’s century-old church. If that sounds too busy, just replenish your energy basking on one of the town’s sunny outdoor terraces. Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts is a lakeside service town with a vibrant downtown, and lovely beaches. Home tonight is the forest town of Val-David, well known for its art studios, fine restaurants, and nearby rock climbing.

Meals:  B

Leaving the tranquil villages for the big city ahead, the trail crosses Piedmont and snakes beneath escarpment cliffs into Prévost, a town known for its glass and art studios, antique stores, bistros, and regional parks. You approach the familiar KM-0 in Saint-Jérôme, crossing the finish line at Place de la Gare. Hard to believe you picked up your bikes at this very spot just four, unforgettable days ago. Drop off your bikes, celebrate with a beverage, share your favourite moments, and bid au revoir to the culture, beauty, cuisine and camaraderie of 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 (twin share)
  • 1 night hotel with private facilities (twin share)
  • 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Hybrid bicycle rental including helmet, 2 panniers, lock, and basic repair kit
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Navigation APP inclusive of detailed route notes and points of interest (available offline while cycling)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • C$50 donation to the 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 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

Saturdays to Mondays 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
  • Single SupplementUSD$320
* Prices listed are per person. All prices subject to applicable taxes.

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