Top 5 – Cycling Tours in Gaspésie
Road biking enthusiasts, here are 5 cycling tours that will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in stunning scenery and meet great people in Gaspésie!
Mont-Joli – Petit Tour de la Mitis
Parking at the Mont-Joli tourist information bureau
1020, boulevard Jacques-Cartier, Mont-Joli (Québec) G5H 0B1
Distance: 67 km
Elevation difference: 741 m
The Petit Tour de La Mitis is a 67-km advanced loop ride with an elevation difference of 741 metres. Starting from the Mont-Joli tourist information bureau, you will first cycle through the middle of town, where you can admire over 30 murals painted on various buildings. You will then ride through some of the most beautiful agricultural landscapes in the region, via the villages of Price, Saint-Octave-de-Métis and Padoue. Next, you will head north to Les Boules, which is along the coast. Riding along the St. Lawrence, you will cycle through picturesque Métis-sur-Mer, which has been a resort area for over a century, as well as Grand-Métis and Sainte-Flavie, before arriving back in Mont-Joli.
Escapade in Parc national de la Gaspésie, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts
Parking at the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts wharf
1, rue du Quai, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Québec) G4V 2B6
Distance: 77.8 km
Elevation difference: 1295 m
This 77.8-km round-trip ride will take you from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to the heart of stunning Parc national de la Gaspésie via Route 299. This is a difficult ride through the immense Chic-Choc Mountains, with an elevation difference of 1295 metres. Most of the ride is on a bike lane through the forest. Keep an eye out for moose! Stop for a break at the Discovery and Visitors Centre at the foot of Mount Albert—you may even want to grab a bite to eat at the Gîte du Mont-Albert bistro or terrace.
Les Failles, Percé
Parking at Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé
4, rue du Quai, Percé (Québec) G0C 2L0
Distance: 33.7 km
Elevation difference: 731 m
Head to the charming village of Percé to start this 33.7-km advanced loop ride with an elevation difference of 731 metres. You will cycle along the meandering and mountainous Route des Failles, which was originally a horse road, tucked in the Percé backcountry between red cliffs and a valley. You will then ride on Route Lemieux (considered an official shortcut by the locals!). Back on Route 132, you will cycle along the coast… until suddenly Percé Rock appears before your eyes! Even the locals never tire of admiring this iconic sight. Once back in the heart of the village, you can take advantage of all it has to offer: boutiques, art galleries, hotels, restaurants, etc.
Grand Tour de Miguasha, Carleton-sur-Mer and Nouvelle
Parking at Parc Germain-Deslauriers
Promenade des Acadiens (accessible via Rue du Quai)
Distance: 70.4 km
Elevation difference: 837 m
Round-trip ride from Carleton to Nouvelle / loop ride in the Nouvelle sector
Starting at Parc Germain-Deslauriers in Carleton-sur-Mer, this 70.4-km ride with an elevation difference of 837 metres will give you the opportunity to discover the magnificent coastline of Chaleur Bay, a member of the prestigious Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club. Along the way, you can observe two barachois, which are popular bird-watching sites, one in the Carleton-sur-Mer sector and the other in Saint-Omer. On the loop back from Nouvelle, you will turn off Route 132 onto Route d’Escuminac Flats and then Route de la Pointe-à-Fleurant. Be sure to stop at Parc national de Miguasha, a fossil-rich site that is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. From the park, you will ride along Route de Miguasha back to Route 132 and return to Carleton-sur-Mer.
Grand Tour du Lac Matapédia, Amqui
Parking at the Amqui recreational centre
55, rue de Carrefour-Sportif, Amqui (Québec) G5J 3E7
Distance: 99.6 km
Elevation difference: 1488 m
This 99.6-km experienced loop trail begins in Amqui and has an elevation difference of 1488 metres. Ride along Route 195 to explore lovely villages in the countryside and cross the Matane River. You will then cycle along Chemin de la Coulée-Carrier, which turns into Chemin Sayabec in Sainte-Paule. This hilly rural road offers amazing views! In Sayabec, head east on Route 132. From this point on, you will ride alongside magnificent Lake Matapédia all the way back to Amqui. If you are an experienced cyclist, this is a ride you won’t want to miss! Admire the most beautiful agricultural landscapes in the Matapédia Valley and the best views from a road in the region—you will even get a glimpse of the Chic-Choc Mountains!
Want to explore the stunning scenery of Gaspésie on two wheels? Discover about 50 cycling tours of all levels by downloading the official map of Gaspésie by bicycle on the Ondago app.
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