Cycling Canada – Quebec Route Verte Itinerary

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Day 1, Québec City

Step back in time when you visit Québec City, one of the oldest cities in North America. The city’s well-preserved, walled old town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. Visitors can explore the pedestrian streets and take in the city’s architecture and rich historical heritage, while also enjoying modern-day luxuries, trendy shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. We’ll meet at our hotel at 1 p.m. and will offer a short warm-up ride for those interested. Welcome dinner together.

St. Lawrence River
The St. Lawrence River, approximately 800 miles long, connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The river flows from Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence Estuary, into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and empties into the Atlantic Ocean.


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Day 2, Saint-Jean-Port Joli

Ride: 53 miles, flat
We’ll take a short but scenic ferry from the lower old town of Québec City to Lévis, located at the narrowest point of the St. Lawrence River. We’ll follow the Route Verte (a 2,700-mile network of bike paths) along the south shore of the river to the town of Montmagny. In the afternoon we continue along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River through the quiet village of l’Islet, designated one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of Québec.” We’ll spend the evening in Saint-Jean-Port Joli, a village known for its artists and craftspeople. Dinner together.


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Day 3, Saint-Simeon

Ride: 62 miles, flat
We’ll ride along quiet, flat roads through picturesque St-Roch des Aulnaies and Kamouraska. Kamouraska has a long tradition of eel fishing, so the coastline is dotted with eel nets slung over wooden stakes. We’ll take in the traditional architecture and natural beauty of this dazzling village.

We’ll stop in Notre-Dame-du-Portage, on the edge of the St. Lawrence Estuary, which boasts century-old architecture and is surrounded by lush greenery. In the afternoon, we’ll board the ferry to Saint-Simeon, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence. Dinner on your own.


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Day 4, L’Anse-Saint-Jean

Ride: 40 miles/2,600 ft
We’ll head north, away from the river, through the lightly populated, forested Laurentian hills to the quiet village of L’Anse-Saint-Jean. Nestled into a beautiful valley, this village is surrounded by capes and borders the southern bank of the Saguenay Fjord, offering scenic vistas. Dinner together.


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Day 5, La Baie

Ride: 40 miles/2,280 ft
We’ll pedal over rolling hills to the whimsically named Baie des Ha! Ha! which the locals call ‘la mer’ (the sea), the maritime terminal to the Saguenay Fjord. In winter, more than 1,400 colorful fishing cabins sit atop the frozen bay. Dinner on your own.


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Day 6, Sainte-Rose-du-Nord

Ride: 41 miles/2,600 ft
We’ll spend the morning pedaling along quiet farm roads before crossing the Saguenay River from the bustling town of Chicoutimi, and continuing to the tiny village of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord. Nestled between the capes of the Saguenay Fjord, Sainte-Rose-du-Nord offers exceptional panoramic views of the fjord. Dinner on your own.


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Day 7, Tadoussac

Ride: 54 miles/2,200 ft
We make our way back to the St. Lawrence Estuary where it joins the Saguenay Fjord, one of the best places in the world to see the largest whales. The Fjord’s deep, cold and biologically rich water is home to both freshwater and saltwater species, offering a wide diversity of marine life. Several species of whales, including beluga and minke, and playful seals can be seen from shore or by taking a zodiac whale-watching tour.

We’ll spend our final evening in Tadoussac, a lively town located on a beautiful bay, with sand dunes and views all around. You can visit the oldest wooden chapel in America, stroll along the waterfront, or go for a whale-watching cruise. Farewell dinner together.


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Day 8, Québec City

Our tour ends after breakfast with a van transfer from Tadoussac back to Québec City Airport, or you can extend your stay and further explore.