Top 5 – Mountain Bike Trails in Gaspésie
Here are 5 suggestions that will inspire you to ride down the mountains of Gaspésie on your mountain bike, solo, with family or with friends!
Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs
At the heart of the Réserve faunique de Matane, the Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs offers a unique experience. Perched 615 metres above sea level, the lodge provides 4-star accommodations in a pristine natural environment. During your stay, you can explore this vast territory on a mountain bike with or without a guide. Reserved for guests of the lodge, the trails offer 3.5-km to 28-km rides (round trip), with elevations varying between 90 metres and 550 metres—perfect for riders of all levels! The wildlife reserve is also home to several rivers and lakes, some of which you can swim in. If you are lucky, you may even spot a moose! Bikes and helmets are provided by the lodge.
Forillon National Park
Reserved for very experienced cyclists, the Les Lacs trail in Forillon National Park is a difficult trail of 36.5 km (round trip). It will take you past a string of small lakes to several of the peaks in the park. Lookouts along the way give you the opportunity to pause and admire spectacular sea, cliff and mountain scenery. You can also reserve a spot in a lean-to shelter (accommodating four people) and spend the night in the backcountry. Mountain bikes are available for rent at Grande-Grave.
Station touristique Pin Rouge
Boasting the largest difference in altitude in Eastern Québec and the Maritimes, the Pin Rouge resort offers 450 metres of fun on a mountain that is 670 metres above sea level. Enjoy over 30 km of trails that are suitable for the whole family and include beginner- and intermediate-level single tracks. In addition, the resort offers a bike park for children and a pump track. At the foot of the mountain, you will also find an outdoor pool and waterpark as well as colourful chalets for rent.
Mount Saint-Joseph trails
Mount Saint-Joseph, which is 555 metres high, will officially open a network of mountain bike trails in early July. Enjoy discovering 12 km of intermediate-level single tracks with many hairpin turns! Along the way, you will have the opportunity to admire waterfalls, beautiful Chaleur Bay and immense wind turbines in a nearby wind farm. Other trails will be created in the fall, expanding the network to 20 km of single tracks.
Parc régional de Val-d’Irène
Offering a dozen very varied mountain bike trails, the Val-d’Irène regional park contains 15 km of single tracks, over 20 km of multipurpose trails and several cross-country (XC) trails. Since the park is also a ski resort, you can ride the ski lift to the top of the mountain. When the lift is not in operation, you can drive up the mountain and ride down it for free. The park also offers cottages that can accommodate up to 8 people each.
Want to ride down the mountains of Gaspésie on a mountain bike? Visit the tourisme-gaspesie.com website to downlead the Gaspésie by Bicycle brochure, which lists all the mountain bike rides available in the region.