Veloroute des Bleuets
Veloroute des Bleuets
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Véloroute des Bleuets is a 256 km cyclacle path encircling the Lac-Saint-Jean, crossing fifteen municipalities and overlooking some of the most breathtaking landscapes. It is THE bike destination in North America!
Alma, Quebec, Canada

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4.5
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DenisAnna1990
Montreal, Canada135 contributions
Aug. 2019
This is a part of my own province I was completely ignorant about. The are is magnificent. The Lake is huge and the landscapes beautiful. The ride is well marked and easy to do and there is a lot to stop and look around . You have to try this one day.
Written September 10, 2019
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Mary Z
Cambridge, Canada33 contributions
Aug. 2019
With 3 other cycling friends, we started our circumnavigation of Lac St Jean, in Alma, Quebec. The Headquarters in Alma was very helpful and friendly and attended to the transfer of our luggage from hotel to hotel. The entire trip of 5 days was full of beautiful views, well-marked trails/roads and friendly people. We sampled the local foods including tortiere and of course, plenty of homemade blueberry pies. We would do it all again in a heartbeat!
Written August 27, 2019
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MikeBarry657
Arlington, MA246 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Friends
We toured part way around Lac St Jean and then partway along the Saguenay River to La Baie via Jonquiere and Chicotumi. The whole area is setup for cyclists and the scenery was varied from what seems like remote forests to idyllic lake side views to more urban settings, most with bike trails. Some went by the local industry which we found very interesting. All the bike routes are very well marked and the maps/guidebooks provided had great information. The drivers were universally courteous to cyclists and the people very friendly. The only downside was that for some of the rural sections the trail was on the road and there is some frequent truck traffic - however all these roads had a wide should with a good road surface so it was an ambience thing and not a safety issue. This is only a minority of the mileage and It seems that more off road trails are planned to move the route more off the road in the future. Winds in this area can be strong and sustained, so we recommend you check the weather forecast and alter you planned distance if needed.

We highly recommend cycling the Veloroute Bleuets route for a new and unique experience. We also used and highly recommend the outfitter Equinox. They set up our tour itinerary, made the lodging bookings, moved our luggage daily, provided the route and picked us up at the end of the tour. They will proved a wide variety of tours for different preferences, skill and fitness levels.
Written July 18, 2019
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BSCSkiers
Southern, Ontario139 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Couples
I read about this cycling holiday online and then checked it out on Trip Advisor. I agree with many of the previous reviewers that this is a fun time for recreational riders. However, I don’t agree that it is necessarily a ride for children. I think young children would find some of the uphill sections difficult. My wife and I loved our 4 night, 5 day cycle around Lac St. Jean. I had done a ton of investigating beforehand, but in the end decided to allow Equinox Aventure to move our luggage and book our accommodations. They proved to be a very competent company to deal with and our luggage always beat us to our destination. For those thinking about doing this next year, please stop wondering how you are going to find your way around the lake. There are white bicycles painted on the road to show you that you are on the right road, and white arrows drawn to indicate where to turn. There are also signs on telephone poles to to indicate you are still on the right trail. About 80% of the route is on dedicated cycling trails or side roads and 20% is on the wide paved shoulder of the highway. I seldom if ever used my maps; I just looked for the painted bicycles on the path, or road. If a fun leisurely cycle (with some hills thrown in) is your idea of fun the Veloroute des Bleuets is perfect.
Written October 2, 2018
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elja90
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Friends
We just completed a four day, counter clockwise loop around the Veloroute des Bluets. We departed from Alma and stayed overnight at Bed and Breakfasts in Peribonka, Normandin, Roberval and the last night in Alma. The two of us have only completed one previous “cycle tour” which was two days, one night. The length of this route was perfect for us - about 65 km a day. The towns we stayed in were nicely spaced along the route. The midway point of each day also aligned nicely for a lunch time stop in the small towns along the route.

We rented bikes from Equinox Adventure and also used the luggage transport - highly recommend. I posted a review there as well.

Some stray observations:
- We biked counter clockwise, and it seemed (to us at least) that there was more downhill in this direction. The small changes in elevation were manageable (we’re two relatively fit young women in our 20’s).
- The most scenic part of the route was Roberval to St Gedeon - we did this section on the last day of our trip.
- Lots of decent grocery stores along the way, very close to the route, so you don’t have to pack too much food in advance. Also helps to keep the food spending down rather than eating at restaurants along the way.
- As has been reported by others, the path is very well signed and maintained. We never once got lost. The official map was handy for planning our rest stops along the way. We found these were well spaced out.
- We felt very safe throughout the trip, both when biking in traffic and at the places we stopped and stayed. It’s handy if you speak a bit of French as very few people in the area speak English.
- We weren’t able to do the additional Albanel route on our hybrid bikes - the path was more of a dirt road than crushed gravel.
- There is a “ferry” crossing outside of Dam En Terre - it looks like the route just ends at the edge of the lake. Wait for the boat to come and it will take you across to the other side (no cost) :)
- Sadly, our excursion in mid-July was too early for blueberry season. We had beautiful weather though and it wasn’t too buggy!
- Plan time to stop at the many beaches along the route for a dip in the lake (and ice cream, of course).
Written July 19, 2018
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BobStellick
Mississauga, Canada81 contributions
Jul. 2018
Booked a five days of self directed cycling tour (256 km) through Equinox Adventures with my full review under their name.

Great value and excellent cycling!
Written July 13, 2018
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roadrunner0820
Moncton, Canada358 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Couples
lovely scenery and great bike trail. we did it in 3 days and used the luggage shuttle service. Lots of quaint spots to stay along the way. Highly recommend.
Written September 25, 2017
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JetTech33
Ontario, Canada183 contributions
Aug. 2017 • Family
Whenever we head home we ride different sections of the Velo route. One very exciting part is taking the bike ferry across the river and are you young son really enjoyed the boat ride with his bike. It's free and takes about five minutes. Right after the ferry you ride along the top of two dams. You get beautiful views from above. The dual Lane paved paths are a dream to ride.you can stop and pick wild blueberries and raspberries everywhere. There a beautiful views of rivers and Lac St Jean. Lots of camping and excellent home cooked Casse-Croûte fare along the way. We've written the entire Vel route camping along the way and we have done smaller sections daily with our seven-year-old. Can you make beach stops, ice cream stops, and eat wild blueberries to keep it entertaining and fun
Written August 21, 2017
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Pichtoune_71
New Liskeard, Canada117 contributions
Aug. 2017 • Couples
We rode a 105 km stretch one day on the VéloRoute along beautiful Lac St-Jean. Sections of the path were absolutely beautiful with a wide dedicated path, recently paved. Some parts of the route however are along major and busy roads, while other segments are on rather rough pavement. The shoulder is always wide and you never feel threatened or in danger, but it would be a challenge with young children. There are a number of road crossings on the busy highway. Some parts are in villages and include a number of turns in back streets (to avoid the "rue principale "). We rode in Pointe-Taillon. The surface is fine packed gravel. It was okay with a road bike. The park offers beautiful views of the lake and you feel in harmony with nature. 9$ pp to get in the park. 8$ pp for the ferry to Peribonka. Bring money. We are very happy with the purchase of the VéloRoute des bleuets jerseys. They are very very nice!
Written August 3, 2017
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Marilyn M
Nelson, Canada4 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Friends
Perfect blend of exercise and sightseeing. Equinox Sport saw to all our travel needs. Easy cycle, many places of interest along route. They carry luggage and boom accommodation.
Written July 10, 2017
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