Parc Lineaire le P'tit Train du Nord

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Parc Lineaire le P'tit Train du Nord

Parc Lineaire le P'tit Train du Nord
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This 124-mile trail goes from Mont-Laurier down to Saint-Jerome.
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Lori R
Canada69 contributions
Jul. 2021
Bike path follows former train route, most of it is paved but there are some sections that are crushed stone. Distance markers every kilometre, many of the old train stations have been restored and serve as information centers, museums or bistros. Several sections are track set for cross country skiing in the winter.
Written July 24, 2021
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Tanya B
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Dec. 2020
Skied from Gare St. Adele to Parc Doncaster (about 4km) then went for a nice hike. It was beautiful. At first the trail was a little crowded but after a bit we were mostly alone.
Written December 30, 2020
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S L
Montreal, Canada41 contributions
Jul. 2020
Two adults and two young teens rode the 200km from Mont Laurier to St Jerome over four days. One person in the family cycles regularly and the three others cycle for fun. Doing 50-60 km/day was fine. The most difficult part of the ride is leaving Mont Tremblant as there is a sustained incline until about a kilometre after St Faustin.

Day 1 - forest from Mont Laurier to Nominingue. The first half of the ride is a very slight incline, but quite easy. There are outhouses and picnic tables at regular intervals (very clean) and we passed two places where water bottles could be refilled. They were only marked by the word "eau" in spray paint on the road.

Day 2 - Nominingue to Mont Tremblant. This was our favourite day, almost entirely flat and not heavily trafficked. The scenery was beautiful, a mix of trees and towns. There are places you could swim each of the three days.

Day 3 - Mont Tremblant to Ste Adele, the least favourite day. In addition to the hill a fair stretch twinned the highway and the bike path was much more heavily trafficked than the sections further north. There were still some very pretty areas and lots of wild raspberries.

The final day was a cruise down the hill from Ste Adele to St Jerome. We probably could have added this to the previous day with little trouble, but decided to take the extra time to enjoy.

One person was on a road bike, the three others on hybrids. They all handled the mix of pavement and hard packed gravel fine.
Written August 2, 2020
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Robert C
6 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
It had rained so the trail was somewhat icy. But the surrounding (river, mountainview, landscape..) was very nice and represented a fun experience in the nature.
Written February 11, 2020
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Marie D
18 contributions
Sep. 2019
Very nice 200 km ride for people of all ages. Many packages available to suit all levels of fitness. B&B’s along the way are excellent.
Written September 9, 2019
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Andrew C
5 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Solo
I’ve ridden this path many times. Always a great time. You can ride through the laurentian hills in the summer and cross country ski in the winter.
Written September 3, 2019
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The Anonymous Mom
2 contributions
Aug. 2019
Memories to last a lifetime! We did a mama and son biking trip of 145km that has my son puffed up and feeling like Superman. What a privilege to wander through the heart of the forest, glide by lakes, and observe critters in the meadows! Marvellous.

I prepped by reading all the tripadvisor reviews, which gave great information. Due to reviews complaining about the condition of the trails, I tried to get thicker tires on my son's roadbike, but they didn't have any that could fit his frame, so we ended up renting a bike - a heavy mountain bike, which was advertised as a touring bike - not ideal, but we rolled with it. In the end we were glad to not be on roadbikes as there were some patches that were not ideal for thin tires, but it was expensive and we might go with a different company next time. Or just buy a cheap mountain bike - the cost was about the same.

We shortened the trip from 5 days to 4 due to lack of space on the Autobus le Petit Train du Nord shuttle service (which rented us my son's bike). On Mondays in August they are often very busy. Book ahead!

We read of people's car windows being smashed in the St. Jérôme parking lot so parked on the outside of a row, hid valuables, and put a fake camera on the dashboard. Car was fine when we came back. Parking fee is $6 per day.

Day 1 - 48km. Our trip began (on a Tuesday) in Nominingue, where the shuttle dropped us at around 10:40am. I had lots of food packed as it is an emptier stretch. We enjoyed the bumps in the paved road as 'mini-ramps.' My son set up our travel by suggesting that we take breaks once we reached the kilometer markers showing we had gone another one third of our distance for the day. We had a late lunch/early dinner at Gare Labelle, which was delicious. The terrain for this day was mostly flat. I essentially cruised while my son, whose bike was not very good, did more work. We noticed wild blueberries and they were perfectly ripe. Areas with poison ivy are usually marked with a sign.

We then spent two nights at Les Jardins de L'Achillée Millefeuille. It is a magical place. If you are into ecological, low footprint living and breakfast offerings made with ground-inhouse organic flour, you are in for a treat. Get the owners to tell you the story behind the white pine log cabin that is their reception and breakfast area. The whole endeavour is a labour of love - as soon as you walk in, you can see the fairy-tale atmosphere that came from true visionaries. They may be moving on to other things, so get there before there is a change of ownership. We had the la bleuet room with the jacuzzi, which was very nice after a long day on the trail.

We took a rest day for day 2, as I thought we'd need to take some time to get over saddle soreness. It was the right decision, as we ended up going on a kayaking trip on Rivière Rouge. My son's first time in a kayak although he has canoed and sailed. These are huge unsinkable kayaks, so with some trepidation I got us one each, and we were trucked up to a location 12km upriver from the rental place, and the river was so gentle and meandering, but with a nice current to carry us along, that we only occasionally paddled but mostly goofed around and enjoyed the sunny day and swallows nesting in holes in the sandy riverbanks, and soaring predator birds, and the sandy beaches.

The Mille-Feuille people arranged our drop off and pick up at the kayaking place for a small fee. They also arranged transport to Mt Tremblant tourist village for dinner (there is nothing around their auberge). We went to Ital Delli, again recommended. Huge portions.

Day 3 was the longest day, and with the uphill section (now paved) after Mont Tremblant. At 55km, our longest trek. I was nervous about the uphill with my son on a heavy bike, but he barely noticed it (he is perhaps very used to the hill he traverses to go to school). Other cyclists we met later did complain, however.

We had a delicious lunch at La Stazione in St-Faustin, highly recommended. My son was definitely tired at the end of the day and we took frequent rest breaks. Also the scenery is definitely not very nice around km 66. Earlier at km 90 it was about the best of the trail.

We stayed at le Baril Roulant in Val David. We had the big room with a separate entrance, very nice with a jacuzzi again, very comfortable and quiet. We had dinner at the Baril Roulant restaurant. It was very good.

Day 4 - 42km to St. Jérôme, mostly downhill. After a few kms out of Val David it became like the longest slide in the world. Despite being saddle sore, this made it my son's favourite day after the kayak day. We giggled to each other over how much work people in the other direction had to do. Yes, that's cruel, but I guess they were laughing at us when we had the uphill the previous day! It was an easy ride, although some parts still took work. A Mr. Freeze (I'm a terrible mother) at gare Prévost gave my son the final energy boost to do the last 14km to get back to the parking lot in St. Jérôme where we had parked our car.

Prior to this trip, the longest kiddie pie had biked was about 35km - the loop from the Old Port around the Lachine canal and along the St-Lawrence. That was a year ago, and it tired him out completely. This seemed easier, perhaps because of the added year, perhaps because it was so flat.

It was an incredible trip. We talked about it for a year, and now finally did it, and it exceeded our expectations.
Written August 17, 2019
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DJFB
2 contributions
Aug. 2019
This is still a fun way to get a good ride with a mixed group of recreational riders. Going north from Ste. Adele presents a long slow climb with a rewarding long downhill return if you are just going out and back.
Written August 17, 2019
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Michele P
Sainte-Adele, Canada2 contributions
Aug. 2019
Very beautiful scenery on a very secure trail .Best part being from St-Jerome to Ste-Agathe and. in the Mont Tremblant area..
You can ride up to Mont Laurier , B&B available near the trai. A few camping are also nearby.
Written August 6, 2019
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JillandBlair
2 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Couples
If you are into cycling on a beautiful trail this is the pinnacle in quebec. 200 km from Montreal up past Mt. Tremblant
Written June 20, 2019
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