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Bikeways in Gaspésie

Here are some bikeways you can explore as a family while enjoying the spectacular sights and sounds of Gaspésie!

The Coast

Mont-Joli, municipal bike path

This bike path takes you through Mont-Joli and makes it easy to get around the city. During your ride, enjoy discovering some 30 murals painted on the walls of downtown buildings.

  • Parking: 1020, boulevard Jacques-Cartier
  • Length of bikeway: about 5 km (one way)
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike lane
  • Free admission
Parc des Îles
Parc des Îles. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie

Matane, Parc des Îles

Departing from Parc des Îles, you can cycle along the Matane River to the St. Lawrence and see anglers fishing for salmon along the way. You can also ride in the opposite direction by crossing the park to a gravel bike trail that will take you through the woods. Matane also offers a network of bike lanes throughout the city. More information (and map.

  • Parking: 230, avenue Saint-Jérôme
  • Length of bikeways: about 10 km (one way)
  • Types of bikeways: paved bike path, gravel trail, dedicated bike lane
  • Free admission

Saint-René-de-Matane, Réserve faunique de Matane 

This wildlife reserve offers kilometres of gravel roads that are ideal for adventurers who are not intimidated by hills. Electric bikes are available for rent. More information (Avenza map of the territory).

  • Parking: 500, chemin de la Réserve-Faunique
  • Length of bikeways: not available
  • Type of bikeway: gravel trails
  • Admission fee for adults

Haute-Gaspésie

Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs
Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs. Photo: SÉPAQ

Réserve faunique de Matane, Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs

Located at the heart of the Réserve faunique de Matane, the Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs offers 4-star accommodations in a lodge perched at an altitude of 615 metres (accessible via shuttle). With or without a guide, you can explore this wilderness area reserved exclusively for guests of the lodge by riding on forest roads on an electric-assist mountain bike. Bikes and helmets provided. More information.

  • Parking: 90, boulevard Sainte-Anne Ouest, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts.
  • Length of bikeways: 3.5 km to 18 km (round trip)
  • Type of bikeway: gravel roads
  • Difference in elevation: 90 to 550 metres
  • Included in stay (only accessible to guests of the lodge)
Village Grande Nature Chic-Chocs
Photo: Village Grande Nature Chic-Chocs

Saint-Octave-de-l’Avenir, Village Grande-Nature Chic-Chocs

Located in the forest at the foot of a mountain nearly 20 km south of Cap-Chat, Village Grande-Nature Chic-Chocs will delight nature lovers. This resort offers a lodge, cabins, a dining room and a bar as well as a multitude of outdoor activities to enjoy. On site, you can rent mountain bikes and explore the surrounding area on trails and forest roads. More information (map).

  • Parking: 951, route de Saint-Octave-de-l’Avenir
  • Length of bikeways: not available
  • Types of bikeways: gravel trails and roads
  • Free admission

Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

Take advantage of the low level of traffic on 1ère Avenue in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to enjoy a magnificent ride along the St. Lawrence. More information.

  • Parking: 1, rue du Quai
  • Length of bikeway: 19 km (one way)
  • Type of bikeway: paved shoulder
  • Free admission

Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Route 132, which goes through the village of Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis, has a wide shoulder that allows you to ride along the bay. On the western side of town, turn onto Rue de la Rivière (which becomes Route de la Rivière Mont-Louis) and then onto Route de l’Église to loop back towards Route 132. To extend your ride, you can explore the network of dirt trails at La Vallée des Pins Blancs, about 4 km past the intersection of Route de la Rivière Mont-Louis and Route de l’Église.

  • Parking: church in the middle of the village
  • Length of bikeway: 6.2 km (loop), excluding the Vallée des Pins Blancs trails
  • Types of bikeways: paved shoulder, dirt trails in the Vallée des Pins Blancs sector
  • Free admission

Land’s End

Grande-Vallée

Grande-Vallée offers a dirt trail through an evergreen forest (mountain bikes are recommended). You can also extend your ride for 12 km by cycling from Route 132 along Route de la Rivière to the parking lot. More information.

  • Parking: Route de la Rivière, 12 km from Route 132 
  • Length of bikeways: 5.7 km or 17.7 km (one way)
  • Types of bikeways: dirt trail, paved shoulder
  • Free admission
Forillon national Park
Forillon national Park. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie

Gaspé, Forillon National Park

Forillon National Park offers several bike trails to explore. More information.

  • Parking: several parking lots in the park
  • Length of bikeways: 4 km to 40.6 km
  • Types of bikeways: depends on the trail
  • Free admission, except the L’Anse-aux-Amérindiens sector (admission fee for adults)

Gaspé, Tour de Baie

This ride will take you along a relatively flat bikeway surrounding the mouth of the York River from downtown Gaspé. More information.

  • Parking: 8, rue de la Marina (intermodal station)
  • Length of bikeway: 20 km (loop)
  • Type of bikeway: paved shoulder
  • Free admission
Plage de Haldimand, Gaspé
Haldimand Beach, Gaspé. Photo: CHOK Images

Gaspé, bike path 

The bike path in Gaspé is multipurpose: it can also be used by hikers and inline skaters. It will take you to beautiful and sandy Haldimand Beach, on Gaspé Bay. More information.

  • Parking: 8, rue de la Marina (intermodal station)
  • Length of bikeway: 21 km
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike path
  • Free admission
Coin-du-Banc
Coin-du-Banc. Photo: CHOK Images

Coin-du-Banc (Percé), bike path

Time will stop as you ride along this bikeway in Coin-du-Banc, near Percé, a stone’s throw from one of the largest birding sites in the region. Note that a segment of this loop ride is along Route 132; both shoulders along the entire length of this road are designated bike lanes. More information.

  • Parking: Rue de la Plage
  • Length of bikeways: 6.2 km
  • Types of bikeways: paved bike path and dedicated bike lane
  • Free admission

Pabos (Chandler), Centre de Plein Air de la Seigneurie

In addition to bike trails, this outdoor recreation centre offers a golf driving range, miniature golf, disc golf, footgolf and camping. More information (in French only).

  • Parking: 99, rue de l’Église
  • Length of bikeway: about 7 km
  • Type of bikeway: dirt trail (with some tree roots)
  • Free admission

Chandler, Sentier du Lac Vachon

Bordering Vachon Lake, this trail is ideal for hiking or a short bike ride. More information (in French only).

  • Parking: between 360 and 377, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
  • Length of bikeway: 1.5 km
  • Type of bikeway: dirt trail (with some tree roots)
  • Free admission
Chandler
Chandler. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie

Chandler, Circuit des Bâtisseurs

The Circuit des Bâtisseurs (Founders’ Trail) is a paved cycling and walking trail along the sea. The path begins at Atelier d’Art on Avenue du Plateau and ends at the interpretation centre in Parc du Bourg de Pabos. Enjoy cycling over the world’s longest aluminum bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, which will take you across the barachois in Grand-Pabos Bay. This path is also an outdoor tour that recounts key moments in the history of this area. More information.

  • Parking: 35, rue Commerciale Ouest
  • Length of bikeway: 4 km
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike path
  • Free admission
Parc du Bourg de Pabos
Parc du Bourg de Pabos. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie

Pabos Mills (Chandler), Parc du Bourg de Pabos

The Pointe de Pabos trails in Parc du Bourg de Pabos allow cyclists and hikers to explore the enchanting scenery found in this park. More information.

  • Parking: 75, chemin de la Plage
  • Length of bikeway: 18 km
  • Type of bikeway: dirt trail (with some tree roots)
  • Free admission for cycling; fee for some activities offered on site

Chaleur Bay

Beaubassin Beach, Bonaventure
Beaubassin Beach, Bonaventure. Photo: Tourisme Gaspésie

Bonaventure, multi-use path

A linear park by the sea, the multi-use path in Bonaventure will take you from Pointe de Beaubassin  to the heart of the village via Avenue de Louisbourg and Rue Boishébert. Whether you cycle, walk or inline skate along this path, it is a great place to soak up the sun and sea air. More information (in French only).

  • Parking: Pointe de Beaubassin
  • Length of bikeway: 5 km
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike path
  • Free admission

Bonaventure, Sentiers Plein Air

Inaugurated in the summer of 2021, this new network of trails offers two routes. Le Skitow (2 km) is an intermediate trail reserved for cyclists while Le Malin (4.5 km) is an easy trail accessible to cyclists, hikers and horseback riders. More information and map (both in French only).

  • Parking: Chemin Thivierge (across from the road leading to the airport from the north side)
  • Length of bikeway: 9 km
  • Type of bikeway: dirt trails
  • Free admission
Domaine des Chutes du Ruisseau creux
Domaine des Chutes du Ruisseau creux. Photo: Gratien Bergeron

Saint-Alphonse, Domaine des Chutes et du Ruisseau Creux

Two bike trails are available to explore this estate: Le Pédaleux and La Belle Balade. Located in the forest, these trails will take you to the Relais de la Petite Belgique where you can admire a view of the Bonaventure River. More information (in French only).

  • Parking: 27, rue Principale Est
  • Length of bikeways: 3 km or 5 km
  • Types of bikeways: dirt trails in the forest and mountainous terrain
  • Free admission

New Richmond, Station Touristique Pin Rouge

In addition to single-track mountain bike trails, this resort offers 21 km of trails on relatively flat terrain and an additional 4 km along the banks of the Little Cascapédia River. If you are in good shape, you can also ride up the ski resort’s no. 1 trail, which leads to the top of the mountain, 670 metres above sea level! An observation tower offers a panoramic view of the Chic-Chocs, Mount Saint-Joseph, the Little Cascapédia River and Chaleur Bay. More information.

  • Parking: 1250, chemin de Saint-Edgar
  • Length of bikeways: about 30 km
  • Types of bikeways: dirt and gravel trails
  • Free admission for most trails; admission fee for single track
Parc des Horizons
Parc des Horizons. Photo: Ville de Carleton-sur-Mer

Carleton-sur-Mer, bike path around the barachois

Hop on your bike at Parc des Horizon and ride along the municipal beach in Carleton-sur-Mer, then head east towards Pointe Tracadigash, where you can cycle along a 5-km bike lane that is also perfect for inline skating. More information (in French only).

  • Parking: 499, boulevard Perron (Parc des Horizons)
  • Length of bikeways: 15 km
  • Types of bikeways: paved bike path, gravel trails and dedicated bike lanes
  • Free admission

Nouvelle, Sentiers de Shoolbred

These trails, which are part of the Route Verte cycling network, will fully immerse you in the natural beauty of this area. They are divided into several segments: explore one or more, as you wish!

  • Parking: along the Route de Miguasha Est, after crossing the river
  • Length of bikeways: 30 km
  • Types of bikeways: stone dust path, paved bike path and paved shoulder
  • Free admission

The Valley

Amqui, Parc régional de la Seigneurie-du-Lac-Matapédia

Located along the banks of Lake Matapédia, Parc regional de la Seigneurie-du-Lac-Matapédia offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, water sports and mountain biking. More information.

  • Parking: depends on the trail
  • Length of bikeways: over 24 km
  • Types of bikeways: dirt and gravel trails
  • Free admission
Parc régional de la Seigneurie-du-Lac-Matapédia. Photo: Jonathan Roy

Routhierville to Saint-Moïse, Véloroute Desjardins de La Matapédia

The Véloroute Desjardins de La Matapédia is a 114-km segment of the Route Verte cycling network. Clearly marked and designed to ensure the safety of cyclists, it is mainly made up of paved shoulders as well as paved bike lanes and bike paths. You can find segments of the Véloroute at the following locations:

Causapscal, Parc de la Pointe

This park is located in the middle of Causapscal, at the confluence of the Matapédia and Causapscal rivers.

  • Parking: 5, rue Saint-Jacques (then cross the pedestrian bridge over the river)
  • Length of bikeway: 0.4 km
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike path
  • Free admission

Amqui, Parc Marcel-Rioux

This park has a footbridge that will take you across the Matapédia River. A short, paved bicycle path offers a loop ride through a wooded area.

  • Parking: 20, Promenade Marcel-Rioux
  • Length of bikeway: 1.3 km (loop)
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike path
  • Free admission

Amqui, Parc Pierre-et-Maurice-Gagné

Located in downtown Amqui along the Matapédia River, this park offers a paved bike path, a picnic area and washroom facilities. From the park, you can admire one of the many covered bridges in the area. You can also ride along the shoulder of Route 132 to access the next trail segment from here.

  • Parking: 26, rue Pelletier
  • Length of bikeway: 0.5 km
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike lane
  • Free admission

Amqui, Camping Amqui and Parc Marcel Brochu

From the campground, you can ride a bike path through the forest and along Lake Matapédia to Parc Marcel-Brochu and the Anses-Saint-Jean covered bridge.

  • Parking: 686, route 132 (Camping Amqui)
  • Length of bikeway: 0.8 km
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike path
  • Free admission

Sayabec, Parc au Tournant-de-la-Rivière

This park is located near the old train station and the Rivière Noire (Black River).

  • Parking: church on Rue de l’Église
  • Length of bikeway: 0.2 km
  • Type of bikeway: paved bike path
  • Free admission

Want to discover the beauty of Gaspésie while enjoying a bike ride? To be in the loop, visit tourisme-gaspesie.com and plan your trip today! #gaspesie

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  1. Mabb 27 August 2021 at 16 h 27 min

    Le sentier de Shoolbred ne passe pas la rivière et il n’y a plus de pont. Votre article porte la confusion et n’est pas basé sur la réalité.

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