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Le Petit Train Du Nord

Just north of Montreal lies the longest park of its kind in Canada. "Le P'tit Train du Nord" (Little Train of the North) linear park features a 200km cycle path built over an old railway line from Saint-J r me to Mont-Laurier. It is a gentle, mostly crushed gravel trail that takes you along an old settler's route through lush "Laurentides" countryside, charming villages and abandoned, restored train stations. Unlike many rail trails which are laid out in straight lines, this trail curves around rivers, lakes, and the base of mountains. More importantly, the trail benefits from the entire tourist infrastructure that developed when the train used to bring thousands of people into the Laurentians for summer vacations and winter skiing from the 1930s to the 1960s. Shuttles drop off your luggage at B&B's every day, while refreshments and meals are available in villages along the way.

Inclusions

3 nights B&B's with private facilities (twin share)
1 night hotel with private facilities (twin share)
4 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Hybrid bicycle rental including helmet, 2 panniers, lock, and basic repair kit
Daily luggage transfer
Information pack including route notes & maps
Emergency hotline
Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
C$50 donation to the Trans Canada Trail
Hightlights
Experience the 'joie de vivre' of the Quebecois
Visit the world-class resort town of Mont-Tremblant
Bike past countless rivers, lakes, and beaches
Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the Laurentian Mountains
Dine like the locals on charming outdoor terraces
Learn the history of the rail villages and restored railway stations
Tour Provider Great Canadian Trails
Number of Days
5
Price From
AUD $1,390
Start Location
Saint Jerome, Canada
End Location
Canada
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 6
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
17 Jun 201821 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
18 Jun 201822 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
24 Jun 201828 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
25 Jun 201829 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
01 Jul 201805 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
02 Jul 201806 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
08 Jul 201812 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
09 Jul 201813 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
13 Jul 201817 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
15 Jul 201819 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
16 Jul 201820 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
22 Jul 201826 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
23 Jul 201827 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
29 Jul 201802 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
30 Jul 201803 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
05 Aug 201809 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
06 Aug 201810 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
12 Aug 201816 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
13 Aug 201817 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
19 Aug 201823 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
26 Aug 201830 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
27 Aug 201831 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
02 Sep 201806 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
03 Sep 201807 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
09 Sep 201813 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
10 Sep 201814 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
16 Sep 201820 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
17 Sep 201821 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
23 Sep 201827 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
24 Sep 201828 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
30 Sep 201804 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
01 Oct 201805 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $1,390
Itinerary
Day 1
Make your way to your joining hotel in Saint-J r me, the Laurentians' regional capital. With the "Place des Festivit s" 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.
Day 2
This morning, make your way to the bike shop near KM-0 of the trail where you collect your bikes, make adjustments, and then are transferred north to the trail's end (KM-200) in Mont-Laurier (non-private shuttle service). Mont Laurier is the regional capital of the Upper Laurentians with many outdoor activities at its doorstep. During the summer, "Les Promenades Decouvertes" and the "Centre d'Exposition" offer an inside look at the local culture. From the trail's end, make your way toward Nominingue via Lac-des-Ecorces and Lac-Saguay with plenty of opportunity for a lake-side picnic along the way. At your accommodation in Nominingue, enjoy a gourmet 3 course dinner as you relax in this idyllic setting.
Day 3
After breakfast, either stay and enjoy Nominingue's wharf, public beach, or local biking trails or head straight back onto the rail trail and continue south to Tremblant. Enjoy a pretty ride along the shore of Lac Nominingue, explore the charming rail town of Rivi re Rouge with its inviting main street and green spaces, and perhaps stop in the village of Labelle and enjoy lunch next to the trail or the river. 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 gs 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.
Day 4
Today's ride takes you through the towns of Saint-Faustin Lac-Carr and Sainte-Agathe-des-Montes, both rich with culture, outdoor activities, and plenty of opportunities to explore. Take a stroll/ride around Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carr 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. Sainte-Agathe-des-Montes is a service town and activity hub set on Lac des Sables with a bustling downtown, lovely beaches, and outdoor shows on the lakeside. 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.
Day 5
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 Pr vost, nuzzled up against escarpment cliffs and with the Rivi re-du-Nord running through its old village. Pr vost offers a number of attractions, including the Rivi re-du-Nord regional park, the century-old rail station, and the Parc de la Coul e 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-J r me as you cruise toward the 'finish line' at Place de la Gare where you drop off your bikes, enjoy a celebratory beverage, and say 'au revoir' to Le P'tit Train Du Nord.

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