I love Quebec. I love the people. I love the culture. And I love the riding. Perhaps the most impressive of all is the quality of the guides - all locals who've poured their blood, sweat & tears into these trails. Their passion is infectious. You can't leave here and not feel a deep connection to this place. Nate
 

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As glaciers started retreating at the end of the last Ice Age, they left in their wake a rugged landscape of deep valleys, towering cliffs and wild rivers. In short, a mountain biker’s paradise was created.

 

In addition to this land’s unique geography, it took the dedication, resolve and savoir-faire of its people - the Québécois - to build trails beyond compare in four distinct networks. Trails so masterfully designed, so expertly sculpted and so remarkably linked together through mind-bending craftsmanship and woodwork that one must truly ride them to believe they exist. Add to it each network’s close proximity to charming Old Quebec City, the only fortified city in the Americas north of Mexico, and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience.

 

This exclusive itinerary brings together the vastness and beauty of the region along with incomparable Quebec hospitality, remarkable accommodations and mouth-watering French Canadian cuisine. The whole of which is seamlessly delivered by an unparalleled team of passionate local guides, each of whom has played a pivotal role in the development, maintenance and advocacy of each network.

 

Not since cheese curds, French Fries and sauce brune have melded together has there been such a winning combo. We can’t wait for you to dig in and indulge.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You're an experienced rider who loves a mix of flowy lines and techy gnar. You love exploring new trails with scenic views and unique features, whether navigating over rock gardens, rolling over ladder bridges or meandering alongside a flowing river. You enjoy getting a bit of air off a set of roots or a small rock drop, and get excited at the thought of long rock slabs. You don't mind working through some tough climbs if it means reaching a spectacular view or being rewarded with an epic descent. You're not intimidated at the thought of 2-5 hours of riding per day (at a fairly relaxed pace) over 6 days. The thought of Québécois folklore and cuisine (think poutine, maple syrup and tourtière) gets you giddier than a kid in a candy shop.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    Strong Intermediate 6/9

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,995 CADABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    6/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $599 CADLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    6 days
  • DATES

    June-SeptemberSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Adventurous

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

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  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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Day 1 - EMPIRE 47

We'll pick you up in the morning at Jean-Lesage International Airport (YQB) and at our recommended hotel in Old Quebec. Pour a little maple syrup in your coffee as we have an exciting first day ahead of us! We’ll drive to Lac Delage and head to Empire 47 (which sits at the 47th parallel), where we’ll talk shop, get changed, build bikes, fill up water bladders and grab homemade snacks.

 

E47 is well-known as the world’s premier fatbiking centre, but rest assured the summertime singletrack is just as worthy of admiration as the groomed winter loops. We’ll warm up and get our legs spinning on the pump track and bike park (try to spot the downed Cessna!) before heading into a nice mix of intermediate-level trails. We’ll sample the goods on Huron, Kamasutrail and Belzébrute where berms, flow lines and stunning vistas await.

 

Back at the parking lot, we’ll clean up, load up bikes and grab a bite at nearby Pascal le Boulanger for delicious sandwiches and patisseries. Once bellies are full and thirst quenched, we’ll check in to our trendy hotel & resort for the next 3 nights, Entourage sur-le-Lac, overlooking beautiful Lac Beauport. Hop in the hot tub, go for a swim or grab a paddle and try SUP’ing... you’ll soon discover that life is better on a mountain bike AND at the lake.

 

 

Day 2 - SENTIERS DU MOULIN

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel (be sure to try cretons!), we’ll drive a short distance to the famed Sentiers du Moulin where rocky terrain and modern-day trail building blend to make for an unforgettable destination. We’ll tour the brand new, state-of-the-art welcome centre and learn about the fascinating history of the area’s riding scene.

 

The trails here of all levels have been built thanks to a dedicated crew and over 10,000 hours of volunteer work. You can’t help but feel the passion, devotion and determination etched into every berm, bridge and rock garden. We’ll start off on the likes of Raph, Gros Buck and QMG before hitting Québec’s most popular trail, Super G. We’ll regroup for a delicious trailside lunch made up of baguettes, local cheeses and a bounty of produits du terroir. Rejoice!

 

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the other side of the mountain (the Tourbillon sector) to sample some of the latest and most badass trail creations imaginable. We’ll check out Slab City, a masterpiece-of-a-trail that flows like one giant piece of Canadian Shield. For the absolute experts in the group, we'll head to Wolverine; an impressive and extremely challenging maelstrom of granite, dirt, woodwork, and steep slabs. Not for the faint of heart! Others will want a second go of Slab City after having tested out the granite's grippiness, before winding down for beers at Archibald microbrewery followed by Chez Boub’s famous poutine. What a day! 

 

 

Day 3- MONT-Saint-ANNE

Today, we’ll hit the road for the mythical Mont-Saint-Anne (be sure to catch a glimpse of the 83-metre tall Montmorency Falls on the way!). MSA has deep roots in the mountain bike racing world dating back 30 years, hosting its first UCI Mountain Bike World Championship in 1991. It’s home to some of the rowdiest, gnarliest terrain on the East Coast, where old-school DH lines and technical XC sections meld into a modern day Enduro melting pot.

 

With the more recent addition of fun, flowy, blue-level trails like La Bouttaboutte and La Grisante, MSA is bound to leave you smiling from ear to ear. And those looking for more gravity-fed adrenaline, we’ll possibly dip into the more challenging La Yable, L'Érablière  and La Vietnam. We’ll take a well-deserved break for lunch at the foot of a magical waterfall to soak in the scenery and refuel. 

 

In the afternoon, we’ll keep the laughs going with a few mellow jump lines and high-speed flowy sections on l’Adorila and La Cairn, before cleaning up to head into Old Quebec City for dinner. You’ll walk back in time as you stroll down cobblestone streets, peruse shops, catch some live music and dine at one of our recommended restaurants for classic Québécois cuisine or fresh local gastronomie, before heading back to Lac Beauport for a good night’s rest.

 

 

Day 4: VALLÉE BRAS-DU-NORD, SAINT-RAYMOND

We’ll have an earlier breakfast and pack up as we’ll be changing accommodations today. We’re heading north to Saint-Raymond to discover one of two sectors of the famed Vallée Bras-du-Nord. Get ready for some serious action-packed fun!

 

We’ll start climbing on Sentier du Roquemont and La Montée du Belvédère, before blasting down the grin-inducing Tablerone and Le Grand Eggan. We’ll do a lap of the XC loop l’Écho des Julien before winding down on Monsieur Roland. Of course, we’d be remiss not to hit La Tommy L’Paquet, named after (you guessed it) our famous assistant guide! It’s a short but fun slopestyle-esque trail filled with berms, bridges and lots of jumps (all rollable)... tons of fun, just like Tommy! We’ll end up at the Brasserie Roquement for lunch and a sampling of their refreshing brews. You’ll want to check out the local bike shop, Frenette, and pick up some VBN swag to help support the local trails (and look super cool, too).

 

We’ll then drive to Shannahan to our lovely abode in the heart of the valley - a stunning backcountry eco-lodge equipped with BBQs, bike wash station and cozy fireplaces - for the final two nights. With very little cell service and much less Wifi, you’ll have little choice but to truly unwind, disconnect and admire your surroundings. This afternoon, the world is your oyster; you can chill out by the river, go for a scenic hike or venture on a via ferrata to a stunning waterfall. Back at the lodge, we’ll enjoy an amazing BBQ feast and share photos, footage and laughs from the day.

 

 

Day 5: VALLÉE BRAS-DU-NORD, SHANNAHAN

We have an absolutely epic day in store today, with trails that are bound to leave you speechless and dumbfounded by their sheer beauty. So wild and rugged is the landscape, you’ll have a hard time believing we’re just an hour away from an international airport and a bustling metropolis. Plus, being steps away from the trails in our private eco-lodge, we’ll be able to take full advantage of the day ahead of us.

 

If we’re lucky, we’ll hop in pickup trucks to save us the grunt-of-a-climb to Neilson Est (something only our local guides can pull off!). And here the adventure begins: the full Neilson trail (Est, Nord and Sud) can only be described as a work of art that showcases the area’s varied landscapes in all their glory. Raging rivers, striking waterfalls and granite cliffs jutting from the forest floor are brought together by an undulating ribbon of perfectly carved singletrack. Perhaps one of the coolest aspects of these trails is that they were built in partnership with Projet Jeunesse, a program that puts shovels and pulaskis in the hands of at-risk youth and provides them with valuable skills and meaningful work through trail building.

 

As we break by the Neilson river, we’ll gain an understanding as to why this land is deemed sacred to the Huron-Wendat First Nations of the area. A spectacular catered lunch awaits on the banks of the river where we’ll feast on local and traditional delicacies and sit stunned by our magical surroundings. We’ll ride all the way back to our lodge on a mix of flowy blue trails and finally kick back, crack a beer and jump in the river to cool down. In the evening, we’ll enjoy our final BBQ dinner together before cranking some classic Québécois folk around a bonfire (where maple whiskey is known to flow generously) and celebrate the incredible days of riding we’ve shared together.

 

 

Day 6: CHUTE DELANEY ET LÉGENDE

There’s no hiding the fact that we’ve kept la cerise sur le sundae for last. Once caffeinated, we’ll hop on our bikes and ride over to the captivating Delaney waterfall. And seeing as no trip to Québec is complete without a healthy serving of local, organic maple syrup, we’ll indulge in true Québécois fashion in an outdoor breakfast of thick French Toast and fruit... right at the foot of the waterfall!

 

As if that wasn’t indulgent enough, we’ll begin a short ride on the super fun La Boréale and the brand-new Légende, which features a massive slab ride next to a plummeting waterfall that culminates with a stunning panoramic view of the valley below. Then it’s onto the classic Chute à Gilles, where we’ll cross the very same waterfall from below, before making our escape on Grande Évasion. We’ll head back to the lodge to clean up, pack bikes, load the van and bid our farewell to this beautiful region. Then it’s off the airport by 4:00 pm for those catching a flight, and back to Old Quebec for those extending their trip. Aurevoir et à la prochaine!

  • 5 nights accommodation in a beautiful lakeside hotel and a stellar backcountry eco-lodge
  • Incredible team of highly experienced local guides with the lowest guide to client ratio (1:4), allowing you to ride at your preferred pace
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and post ride beverages
  • 2 delicious home cooked BBQ dinners
  • All permits and passes to access all 4 trail networks (which helps support and give back to the trails you'll be riding)
  • All ground transportation including airport pickup and drop off in a comfortable van

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Tommy Paquet
Local trail builder, Rocky Mountain ambassador and all-round bon-vivant, Tommy Paquet has played such an integral part in the development of the Saint-Raymond sector, he even has a trail named after him! A mountain bike fanatik since the 1990s with an eye towards event planning and community...[more] La Tommy L'Paquet (of course!)

Marie-Ève Marcotte
After being introduced to mountain biking in her mid-twenties, Marie-Ève knew she was hooked. She started riding "with the boys" on Mont-Saint-Anne's burly trails and within a year, she was already sporting goggles, a full face helmet and race plates. She quickly rose to the national...[more] L’Érablière, Mont-Saint-Anne

Pat Perrault
A Lac Beauport native and the founder of the LB Cycle mountain bike non-profit organization, Pat is an integral part of the Sentiers-du-Moulin trail network. Without him and the LB Cycle crew, many of the trails here simply would not exist. So we ask: who better to guide you along these mythical...[more] Slab City into Gold City

Marc-André Lebuis
Our fearless leader and Ride director in La belle province, Marc-André has been guiding adventures in far-flung corners of the world for well over 20 years. From the Everest Basecamp to the Grand Canyon to Hawaii’s volcanoes, he may have seen it all, but he finds himself lucky to call his native...[more] La Neilson Nord et Sud
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Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Ride Québec City - Vallée Bras-du-Nord
Ride Québec City - Empire 47 Écosentiers
Quebec's Top Rated Trail: Super G (MTBQC)
My Favourite Ride: Boréale + Légende (MTBQC)
Empire 47 | Mountain biking Lac Delage near Quebec City (BKXC)
Sorry Whistler, the Best Trails in the World are in Quebec (BKXC)
Quebec's Big Ride Masterpiece (The Neilson with BKXC)
The Best MTB Trails on Earth (Wolverine & Slab City with BKXC)
Passage Nord-Est (Rocky Mountain)
Riding Rock Rolls & Waterfalls (and Villa Éco)
A New Era of Trails in Quebec City (Freehub Mag)

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 2.5 hours 19 km 487 m 487 m m
2 4 hours 27 km 744 m 1000 m m
3 4.5 hours 37 km 677 m 1327 m m
4 3 hours 20 km 495 m 495 m m
5 5 hours 36 km 761 m 900 m m
6 3 hours 25 km 350 m 350 m m
Totals 22 hours 164 km 3514 m 4559 m m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$550.00 CAD
Single Room Supplement$650.00 CAD
1-hour post-ride massage$110.00 CAD
2020
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Sunday, July 19, 2020 Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), 10 am Friday, July 24, 2020 Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), 4 pm 2,995.00 599.00 CAD Guaranteed Book Now!
Sunday, September 27, 2020 Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), 10 am Friday, October 2, 2020 Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), 4 pm 2,995.00 599.00 CAD Guaranteed Book Now!
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