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“A well-serviced cycling trail with breathtaking views”

Le Petit Train du Nord Bike Path
Ranked #205 of 2,106 things to do in Quebec
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

I have been wanting to try this trail for a while, and previously had only done day trips or cycling where I had to start at one point and return back to that point the same day. I have also done a few rails to trails, so had a good idea what to expect.

My expectations were exceeded. This trail is in very good shape, it is paved from Mont Laurier to Labelle, a good distance. The rest of the trail is stone dust and packed quite hard. I rode a hybrid, as did 1 of my travelling companions. The other two rode a mountain bike with street tires and a touring bike. You could ride a road bike, but I wouldn't take my road bike on so many miles of stone dust.

The trail is extremely well marked, you won't ever get lost if you stay on it, there are plenty of washrooms and picnic table stops, as well as the refurbished train stations, with a fair amount of places to eat. Not so much from Mont Laurier to Nominque, but after that, places to eat are fairly frequent.

We took the shuttle from St. Jerome to Mont Laurier. We got a bit lost in the warren of one-way streets in St. Jerome trying to get to the station in rush hour traffic on a Friday morning (it's near the CEGEP). You need to pay for parking, $6 a day (but not Saturday or Sunday).

I was amazed with how respectful drivers along the streets that cross the path are. Many of them stopped to let us pass, even though we did not have the right of way.

More than anything, this is beautiful countryside, the views are beyond gorgeous, the rivers, spectacular. We stopped at many a bridge to take photos and to climb down to the river's edge just to get close to the sparking water.

The long climb after Mont Tremblant to St. Faustin is tough, I'd highly recommend you don't do it on a full stomach. :-)

I would recommend this trail to anyone who likes to cycle, it can accommodate a variety of skills, you can go the distance you're comfortable with: people on our bus were doing it in 5 days, we were doing it in 4. The next time, I would do it in 3. And there will be a next time!

12  Thank Cathy Q
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We wanted a different experience, and love to bike. The Petit Train du Nord makes it easy and enjoyable, and is an approachable vacation for everyone even younger children or older adults. The path is well serviced and well marked, gradients are not too severe, and amenities all along the route mean you can proceed at any pace you choose however leisurely.

As with others we parked our car in St Jerome, and took the "Autobus" to the north end of the trail at Mont Laurier, about 200km (125mi) distant. With the autobus people moving our baggage every day, we then spent six days on a VERY leisurely bike trip through the scenic "wilderness" - along a groomed path, with frequent benches, picnic tables, and outdoor toilets, and restful stays each night at delightful B&Bs. Hardly roughing it in the bush!

We'd cycled in the city, and had done a few longer rides of say 20km (12mi), certainly nothing onerous. On our trip we did from 20 to 40km (12 to 25mi) per day, mostly determined by our desire to spend a wekk away and, as I put it, to have a good ride every day and a good meal every night. We succeeded on both.

All in all, a wonderful vacation!

5  Thank David_N_Kidd
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We were a group of 4 leisure cyclists that found this to be a somewhat challenging, but thoroughly enjoyable four-day trip. We left our cars in St.Jerome and were bused, along with our bikes, to Mont Laurier - leaving at 8 am. Our bags were then moved from hotel to hotel each day. The logistics in the Place de la gare in St. Jerome can be a bit confusing so be sure to ask the staff about the steps you need to follow to get everything set up, We stopped for the night in Nomininque, Tremblant and Val David - which divided the trip into 4 relatively equal segments. The first quarter of the trail is an asphalt surface but it has a number of holes and rough patches that are clearly marked with "danger signs". The rest of the trail is hard packed and can be a bit dusty but is actually somewhat easier to ride because there are very few rough patches. We particularly enjoyed the wonderful scenery along the trail which, with the exception of one section on the third day, was far from the highway and through forests and along lakes and rivers. The trail is very well set up for cyclists: along the route the old train stations have been converted to restaurants and tourist information sites; there are many picnic tables and toilets along the trail at regular intervals; and the residents in the small towns on the trail are extremely welcoming of cyclists. We highly recommend this trip. It is a wonderful way to see this part of Quebec.

7  Thank Hawkhardt
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stay at chez Ignace, lac nominingue, to die for hospitality and food and lodging
Then do not miss au creux du vent at Val David, exquisite dining and hospitality, both places very clean and quiet!

4  Thank Louise P
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our group of six just returned from a four day cycle trip on the Petit Train du Nord. The beautiful weather complimented the enjoyment of cycling from Riviere Rouge to St. Jerome, with stops in Tremblant, St. Agathe and St. Saveur. We strayed off the path for a stay in Manoir St. Saveur and an amazing meal at Carre de Saveurs- both highlights of the trip.
We started in St. Jerome, and left our cars in the train station parking lot for the four days when we cycled, travelling to our starting point by the Petit train du nord shuttle.
Upon returning to our cars at the end of the trip, we were disappointed to find that two of our three cars, as well as an adjacent car had been vandalized. One of our party lost considerable valuables from the car, while we only lost a handful of change. When we reported this to the locals, including the staff in the "caboose office", they basically shrugged, and when we reported to the local police, they commented that there had been car thefts on a daily basis.
Had we been aware of this common occurence, we most certainly would have looked into parking in a more secure area, and being more diligent about removing absolutely everything from our cars. We wondered whether the bike racks on the cars may have attracted attention to the fact that we were away for a few days.
Our trip was really enjoyable, and although I would definitely recommend it, I would caution anyone leaving their car in the parking lot.

17  Thank rowingmom
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