4 inspiring places to go cycling

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The Lachine Canal

The canal’s 14.5 km bike path located in the heart of Montreal is accessible to all. To fully experience the canal, plan at least a half-day. Take the time to stop at the Atwater Market or take a break at Lunch by the Canal, where a number of food trucks set up shop. Bicycles are also available for rent on site.

For those who are still unsure, the path was rated the world’s third most beautiful urban circuit by Time magazine in 2009.

The Chambly Canal

Stretching 20 km, the bike path along the Chambly Canal links the municipalities of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. We strongly recommend a visit to Old Chambly and Old Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to take in the beauty of the ancestral homes.  Bicycles are available for rent on site. There is even free Wi-Fi at Lock No. 9! A fantastic spot to watch the boats and enjoy a picnic. While you’re there, be sure to visit the impressive Fort Chambly. Along the path, you may even spot some wild animals, including turtles, foxes and much more! Open from April 15 to November 15.

True adventurers can brave a 110-km loop by taking the No. 1 bike path along the green route, by way of la Montérégiade, la Route des Champs and the Chambly Canal path.

The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal

Although there is no official bike path next to the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, a detour is well worth the travel! Built on an exceptional site, the Sainte-Anne Canal has become a very busy destination. Visitors can stroll along the wooden walkway along the waterway, explore historical relics, be part of the operations of the lock, or picnic with the family in the grass areas.

Vue sur la rivière Lairet et de la ville de Québec au loin. Lieu historique national Cartier-Brébeuf. / View of the Lairet River and Quebec City in the distance. Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site

Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site  – Québec City

In the heart of Québec City, let yourself be charmed by the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding landscape. At the confluence of the Lairet and Saint-Charles River, follow the trail of Jacques Cartier. Witness his meeting with the St. Lawrence Iroquois and discover the work of Father Jean de Brébeuf.

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