Cycling in Québec City: Between nature and urbanism

Cycling in Québec City: Between nature and urbanism

Quebec's network of bike paths

Discover Québec City’s cycle paths, which connect several attractions of the region, whether in the wilderness or in the city.

 

From Saint-Augustin-De-Desmaures to the Montmorency waterfalls, via the Parc de la Jacques Cartier and Shannon, Québec’s network of bike paths has something to satisfy any amateur or cycling enthusiast. With tens of kilometers of Bike-only trails throughout the national capital, Québec City is a perfect destination for bike adventures in couples, with friends or in family. Here is a summary of the different trips according to their location in the city of Québec and some attractions and sites not to be missed that are located nearby.

 

Downtown Quebec City

Created to celebrate Québec City’s 400th anniversary in 2008, the Samuel-De-Champlain Promenade now offers a direct link between the head of the bridges and the historic district, with the Corridor du Littoral, a bicycle path outside the roadway of more than 50 kilometers along the Saint Lawrence River and ends in the heart of Quartier Petit-Champlain. From here, all the most famous attractions are within your reach, such as Place Royale in the Quartier Petit Champlain or the funicular, which will take you uptown to the Château Frontenac on the Dufferin terrace where you will have an impregnable view of the St. Lawrence River. A few more pedal strokes along the river way and you will find yourself in the neighborhood of the Old Port and the public market, to do some shopping of local products, and then on your way to continue your bike ride…

Corridor des Cheminots

Built along an old railway, this cycle path connects downtown Quebec City and the northern part of the region, passing close to the Jacques Cartier Park and continuing its route through the village Huron-Wendat, Wendake, all the way up to the northwestern part of Quebec City near Shannon. Starting from the downtown area, following your getaway in Old Quebec along the Corridor du Littoral, you will take the corridor of Saint-Charles’ River towards the east to join that of the Cheminots at the height of Boulevard Henri -Bourassa. From here, you will have the choice of continuing north towards the historic district of Trait-Carré in Carlesbourg, or head northwest towards Jacques Cartier Park and its breathtaking scenery. Please note that several campsites, picnic sites and rest areas are located on or near the Corridor des Cheminots, allowing you to plan a few nights in the nature during your cycling trip.

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Côte de Beaupré

Serviced by the eastern part of the Corridor des Cheminots, the Côte de Beaupré offers two of the most visited tourist sites in the Québec City area: the Parc de la Chute Montmorency and the Ile d’Orléans. Although access to the island is more difficult than it might appear, the Island is part of the Québec City cycling network and guided bike tours around the island are offered. As for the Waterfall, it is possible to get there by bike without problems by the “chemin du roi” or the king’s road, which includes a good portion of bike path on the roadway, thus not exclusive to the bicycles.

 

Quebec City south shore

As you cross the Pont de UQébec by bike, you will discover a wide range of bike paths in the countryside that will lead you to the border with the United States, while visiting several villages in the Chaudière-Appalaches region and Beauce, including the magnificent Chaudière River Valley. Just outside the Pont de Québec, you will have the opportunity to stop at the Parc des Chutes de la Chaudières along Highway 73. To the east, the Parcours des Anses will take you along the St. Lawrence River On its south shore as far as Beaumont through the Old Lévis and several other picturesque villages overlooking the seaway.

So whether you are traveling to the Historic District of Québec or going to lose yourself in nature, Quebec’s network of bike paths allows you to discover many sites in the Québec City region, while admiring the many landscapes to be cut The breath that the region of the National Capital has to offer you. Good ride!