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Veloroute des Bleuets

Alma, Canada
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About Veloroute des Bleuets
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!
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DenisAnna1990 wrote a review Sep. 2019
Montreal, Canada135 contributions37 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Mary Z wrote a review Aug. 2019
Cambridge, Canada31 contributions14 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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MikeBarry657 wrote a review Jul. 2019
Arlington, Massachusetts234 contributions83 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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BSCSkiers wrote a review Oct. 2018
Southern, Ontario138 contributions48 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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elja90 wrote a review Jul. 2018
Toronto, Canada12 contributions5 helpful votes
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).
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Date of experience: July 2018
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