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 — 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.

Itinerary

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 RaphGros Buck and QMGbefore 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 for an option­al ride on 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 Braas-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. Au revoir et à la prochaine!

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Dates chosen: Jul. 04, 2021—Jul. 09, 2021
Skill Rating: Black Diamond
Fitness Rating: Black Diamond
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.