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Quebec & the Blueberry Route

Summary

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The Blueberry Route - the Véloroute des Bleuets - is a 256 km paved cycling circuit around Saint-Jean Lake, north of Québec City. Spin along flat, easy routes through national parks surrounded by forested peaks. Ride along the sapphire-blue lakeshore, through peaceful farmland and beside glittering rivers. Sample local delights from craft brews to handmade cheese to poutine, Québec's most famous dish. Explore indigenous history, Québecois culture and the Historic Village of Val-Jalbert, a "Company Town of the 1920s." Go whale-watching (July is the best time of year!) Ride 'La Route Verte' - the Green Route - alongside the St. Lawrence River into historic Old Québec, where you'll have plenty of time to explore. 

Recreational, Road bike
7 days
367 km / 228 mi
$ 4,180.-
  • Quebec city
  • Pointe Taillon National Park
  • Veloroute des Bleuets
  • Wildlife cruise in Saguenay St.Lawrence marine park
  • Deposit 25%

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Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
7 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
367 km / 228 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
09 Jul 2023 - 15 Jul 2023
16 Jul 2023 - 22 Jun 2023
30 Jul 2023 - 05 Aug 2023
Start date: July 30 is guaranteed to run.
Start
Quebec City
Finish
Quebec City
Airport at start
Quebec City Airport
Airport at finish
Quebec City Airport

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 4,180.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 1,129.-

Itinerary

Inclusive / Not Inclusive – lodging


Day 1: Begin Pedaling the Blueberry route along the sapphire-blue waters of Lac Saint-Jean in Point Taillon NP .

After we pick you up in Quebec City, we will shuttle (~2.5hrs) north to Alma on the southeast edge of gorgeous Lac Saint-Jean. With three national parks and a marine park totaling over 1,000 square miles, this giant playground is renowned for its outdoor-loving activities. After a bike fitting, take a spin along flat country roads and beside the sapphire blue lake in the Pointe Taillon National Park to the town of Dolbeau-Mistassini on the shore of the Mistassibi River.
Meals: lunch and dinner Lodging: Motel Chute des Pères.
Distance: 42 miles, elevation +895 ft / -833 ft

Day 2: Continue on the Blueberry route to Saint Felicien. Stop at a blueberry museum on the way and enjoy waterfront lodging tonight.

After breakfast, hop back on your bike to continue your way along the Véloroute des Bleuets. Take a side trip to Les Délices du Lac-Saint-Jean, a blueberry museum celebrating the region's culinary history, then pedal on to Hotel du Jardin in the town of Saint-Félicien, perched on the shores of Lac Saint-Jean.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Lodging: Hotel du Jardin
Distance: 37 miles, elevation +827 ft / -869 ft.

Day 3: Bike from Saint-Félicien to visit the cheesemakers of La Vieille. Continue on to the nation's oldest Inuit reserve. Explore the museum and cultural site, then continue riding to the 1920s-themed Historic Village of Val-Jalbert.

Stop at La Vieille Fromagerie to experience (and sample) a rural cheese factory's hand-crafted wares. Pedal to Mashteuiatsh, the nation's oldest Inuit reserve, where descendants of the Aboriginal peoples have lived for over 6,000 years. Explore the museum's collective exhibit and cultural site celebrating thousands of years of life stories of these nomadic people. Enjoy lunch here. Then continue riding to the Historic Village of Val-Jalbert, a 1920s company town complete with 40 or so original period buildings. Its convent-school, general store, pulp mill and a waterfall taller than Niagara Falls offer plenty more to explore. Stay here tonight in a 20s-themed room with contemporary comforts.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Lodging: Village Historique de Val-Jalbert
Distance: 28 miles, elevation +695 ft / - 662 ft.

Day 4: Ride from Val-Jalbert Historical Village to Chicoutimi, with a visit to La Fromagerie Lehmann en route. Stay on the banks of the fjord tonight.

Don’t feel like you have to ride all the miles on today’s route, or tomorrow’s. Our guides can tailor the riding to suit your preferences. Ride from Val-Jalbert to Chicoutimi, an old French fur trading post on the banks of the Saguenay River. Now the central borough of the city of Saguenay, it's a mecca for hikers, skiers and other active people. Along the way, visit the cheesemakers at La Fromagerie Lehmann. Taste the family's artisanal cheeses made from milk produced by their little flock of Swiss Brown cows. Back on the bicycle, ride to visit the The Little White House (La Petite Maison Blanche), a symbol of hope and perseverance which survived two floods, standing for four days with waters raging around its foundation. Tonight: stay at Hotel Chicoutimi on the bank of the fjord.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lodging: Hotel Chicoutimi
Distance: 68 miles (or less), elevation: +2305 ft / -2763 ft (or less)

Day 5: Ride from Chicoutimi to La Baie. Ferry to Saint-Rose-du-Nord, then ride the very picturesque shores of the Sainte-Marguerite River to Tadoussac.

Ride east along the Saguenay River to La Baie, third of the Saguenay city boroughs. Pedal onto a ferry and cross to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord on the other side. Bicycle quiet roads through farms and fields bordering the Sainte-Marguerite River, soaking up the views of lakes, forest lands and mountain peaks. Finish today's ride where the river meets the giant St. Lawrence River in Tadoussac. Spend tonight at the Hotel Tadoussac with its red roof and whitewashed walls. Enjoy views of Tadoussac Bay and the St. Lawrence River.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lodging: Hotel Tadoussac
Distance: 68 miles (or less), elevation: +3294 ft / -3311 ft (or less)

Day 6: Go for a wildlife cruise in Saguenay St. Lawrence marine park in the morning. Cycle, hike or relax on your own in the afternoon

The St. Lawrence estuary at Tadoussac is a feeding zone for three types of whales: the fin whale, the minke whale and the giant blue whale. This morning, take a 2-hour Wildlife Cruise through the heart of the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park to see these majestic mammals. This afternoon, there’s a 38-mile out-and-back optional ride north beside the St. Lawrence River to the town of Les Escoumins. Or there is also a 2.5-mile hike to Anse à la Barque on the Sentier du Fjord. Lunch is on your own today.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner. Lodging: Hotel Tadoussac

Day 7: Pedal “Avenue Royal” past beautiful basilica and celebrate a wonderful week at Montmorency Falls. Explore Quebec City. Your lodging is included tonight!

A fabulous end to a fabulous tour! Shuttle to Saint-Tite-des-Caps after breakfast to pedal the historic “Avenue Royal.” Begin on a relaxing descent with impressive views of the Saint Lawrence River and surroundings. Continue past the lovely Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica to view the magnificent Montmorency waterfall. At 272-feet, it’s one and a half times higher than Niagara Falls. Board the telepherique (cable car) for an unforgettable celebratory farewell lunch at Manoir Montmorency, right next to the falls. After lunch we head into Quebec City. Your lodging is included tonight at Hotel Le Concorde, but dinner is on your own, and this is where you will say farewell to your guides. Old Québec’s cobblestone streets and landmarks date from the 1600s and make for a wonderful exploring!
Meals: Breakfast and lunch. Lodging: Hotel Le Concorde
Distance: 33 miles, elevation: +1209 ft / -2441 ft.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included

7 nights of lodging
All meals, one lunch and one dinner on your own.
Road / hybrid bike, E-bike rent possible
Wildlife cruise
Museums & hiking
Luggage transfer

Not included:

Night before the tour.
Airline tickets
Gratuities guides

Lodging:

Motel Chute des Pères
Hotel du Jardin
Village Historique de Val-Jalbert
Hotel Chicoutimi
Hotel Tadoussac
Hotel Le Concorde in Québec City.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.

Giant Defy ADV 3

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