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Quebec's Blueberry Bicycle Route

The V loroute des Bleuets is a 256 km paved cycling circuit around Saint-Jean Lake, approximately 2 hours north of Quebec City. The well-established route offers a gentle ride through farmland, forest, small towns, lovely beaches and many small tourist attractions. Relatively short days of cycling allow you to truly discover the region with its warm hospitality and to indulge in the route's namesake - blueberries - which grow wild and are farmed throughout the area. You'll find them sold by the basket, in pies, chocolates and even combined with local game meat for a real local delicacy. Also along the route are fantastic microbreweries (microbrasseries), cheese shops and plenty of opportunities to sample Quebec's most famous dish - Poutine. The lake itself drains east into the Saguenay River fjord which in turn drains into the mighty St. Lawrence River. The entire tourist region is known as 'Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean'.

Inclusions

5 nights in 3-star accommodation on a twin share basis
5 breakfasts
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
Hightlights
Point Taillon National Park
Lac St Jean beaches and views
Blueberries, blueberry pies, blueberry chocolate...
Complete, designated bicycle circuit
Sampling craft brews and cheeses
Indigenous history and Quebecois culture
The Historic Village of Val Jalbert
Tour Provider Great Canadian Trails
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $1,190
Start Location
Alma, Canada
End Location
Canada
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 12
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
20 Jun 201825 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
21 Jun 201826 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
22 Jun 201827 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
23 Jun 201828 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
24 Jun 201829 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
25 Jun 201830 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
26 Jun 201801 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
27 Jun 201802 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
28 Jun 201803 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
29 Jun 201804 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
30 Jun 201805 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
01 Jul 201806 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
02 Jul 201807 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
03 Jul 201808 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
04 Jul 201809 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
05 Jul 201810 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
06 Jul 201811 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
07 Jul 201812 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
08 Jul 201813 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
09 Jul 201814 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
10 Jul 201815 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
11 Jul 201816 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
12 Jul 201817 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
13 Jul 201818 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
14 Jul 201819 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
16 Jul 201821 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
17 Jul 201822 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
18 Jul 201823 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
19 Jul 201824 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
20 Jul 201825 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
21 Jul 201826 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
22 Jul 201827 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
23 Jul 201828 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
24 Jul 201829 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
25 Jul 201830 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
26 Jul 201831 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
27 Jul 201801 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
28 Jul 201802 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
29 Jul 201803 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
30 Jul 201804 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
31 Jul 201805 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
01 Aug 201806 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
02 Aug 201807 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
03 Aug 201808 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
04 Aug 201809 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
05 Aug 201810 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
06 Aug 201811 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
07 Aug 201812 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
08 Aug 201813 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
09 Aug 201814 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
10 Aug 201815 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
11 Aug 201816 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
12 Aug 201817 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
13 Aug 201818 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
14 Aug 201819 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
15 Aug 201820 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
16 Aug 201821 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
17 Aug 201822 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
18 Aug 201823 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
19 Aug 201824 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
20 Aug 201825 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
21 Aug 201826 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
22 Aug 201827 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
23 Aug 201828 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
24 Aug 201829 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
25 Aug 201830 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
26 Aug 201831 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
27 Aug 201801 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
28 Aug 201802 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
29 Aug 201803 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
30 Aug 201804 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
31 Aug 201805 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,190
Itinerary
Day 1
Please make your way to the joining hotel in Alma and enjoy its convenient location in the centre of town, near restaurants, shops, and the waterfront. Located on the southeast shore of Lac St Jean (pronunciation is closer to 'John' than 'Jean') where the lake flows into the Saguenay River, Alma was formed in 1962 as an important industrial center due to the construction of a hydro-electrical dam on the Grande-D charge River, a paper mill, and an aluminum smelting plant, during the 1920s and 1930s. All of which are still in activity today.
Day 2
This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the bicycle shop where you will pick up your bikes, make adjustments, and have a briefing to over the maps and ask any last minute questions before cycling off from the shop, which is directly on the V loroute des Bleuets. This first day of cycling will include the crossing of a hydro-electric station, a ferry crossing, forest-lined roads and bike paths, bridge crossings, residential areas, and plenty of farmland. Before arriving in St. Monique, our route takes you through beautiful Pointe-Taillon National Park, which has its own trail system and beautiful beaches. Overnight St. Monique on the Peribonka River.
Day 3
After a delicious breakfast, the first half of your bike route is mainly along the edge of the Peribonka River until it veers north, away from the waterway and into the heart of the countryside. Although most widely known for its blueberry production, there are approximately 1000 farms in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, growing everything from potats and green vegetables, to canola and fruit. Dairy and beef are the two main animal products to come from the region, with agrotourism and 'microfromageries' (cheese makers) contributing to the local culture. Overnight in Dolbeau-Mistassini, next to the pretty Mistassibi River.
Day 4
After breakfast at your accommodation, it's back on the bike route for the longest day of the tour through long stretches of peaceful farmland, alternating between the paved shoulder of route 169, and paved bicycle path. There is an option to add another 44km to your route today on the partner network called 'Au Fils Des Rivieres' which takes you along a stone dust trail from the plains to the boreal forest, past a series of waterfalls, and along the Mistassini River where blueberries are ripe for the tasting. Paved backroads take you back to the main route at Albanel. From here, you continue through the town of Normandin, then along the Ashuapmushuan River to Saint-F licien and your return to the shores of Lac St. Jean. The town of Saint-F licien was founded in 1864 when the first settlers arrived from Charlevoix and Chicoutimi, drawn by it's location where ecologically-rich land met with the lake and the confluence of multiple rivers. Today, the town is best known as the centre for conservation of boreal biodiversity, but also enjoys a rich tourism industry with restaurants serving 100% local, organic produce, and a microbrewery where you can sample local beers.
Day 5
Another delicious breakfast today before a beautiful day along the shore of the lake. The south side of the lake is certainly offers the most detours and local attractions, so today's distance is short, allowing you to explore as much or as little as you desire. Highlights today include the town of Saint Prime and its 'fromagerie' (cheese shop and museum), the First Nations reserve of Mashteuiatsh with its interesting Amerindian Museum, and the historic village of Val-Jalbert, an authentic 'company town' of the 1920's. You could easily spend hours exploring the grounds with its charming original buildings, including an incredibly well-preserved schoolhouse, a restored general store, and an old mill situated at the base of a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls. Take the cable car to the top of the falls, or hike there via its canyon trails. Overnight in Chambord.
Day 6
Back on your bicycle after breakfast and on your way to the completion of your grand circuit! This section offers more incredible lake views and is almost completely along rolling, smooth, and twisting bicycle path. The terrain and the views make for a very enjoyable ride. In the town of Desbiens, adrenaline junkies will have a chance to go canyoning, riverboarding, or rafting with a local expedition company (booked in advance); or possibly turn 'off route' to the Parc de la Caverne Trou de la F e, where you can enter an underground cave system and enjoy above-ground trails, waterfalls, and the ruins of a hydrlectric plant. (15km out and back detour along a paved, hilly back road) Highlights along the route include the gorgeous beaches at M tabetchouan and Saint-G d on (and the latter's microbrewery), and the quiet, designated roads and paths leading you back to your starting point across from the beach at Dam en Terre, just outside of Alma. The tour ends at the bicycle shop, but we are happy to arrange transfers to your next destination and/or add additional nights for you in Alma.

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