The Best Places for Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Vallee Bras-du-Nord
Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Étienne Dionne

Choose Québec City for your next mountain biking getaway. Enjoy a massive trail network within striking distance of a lively, exciting city. And after a great ride you can take your pick of a great range of other outdoor or urban activities. Hundreds of kilometres of sheer cycling pleasure, with a huge choice of singletrack riding.  

Mont-Sainte-Anne

Distance from downtown: 42 km (26 mi.)

Why ride the trails at Mont-Sainte-Anne?

  • Vast selection of cross-country and downhill trails, some with spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River
  • Fantastic facilities for the whole familyincluding a pump track, playground, and a fitness trail
  • Regular venue for international events such as the Mountain Bike World Cup
  • Plenty of great activities nearby: hiking, paragliding, Nordic spas, via ferrata, canyoning, and agro-tourism
  • New 4.5 km long enduro track accessible to beginners from the top of the mountain.

The world of mountain biking has no shortage of epic trails, but for racing, there’s nothing quite like Mont Sainte Anne, just thirty minutes from Québec’s city centre. In addition to hosting a UCI World Cup Event every year since the event’s inception, it’s the only mountain that’s managed to bridge the divide between old and new schools, in both downhill and cross-country.

 

Vallée Bras-du-Nord (Saint-Raymond Area)

Distance from downtown: 57 km (35 mi.)

Why ride the trails in Vallée Bras-du-Nord's Saint-Raymond area?

  • Majestic vistas of surrounding fields and mountains
  • Short, rolling trails and other, more technical rides
  • On-site microbrewery to kick back after a great ride
  • Ideal base camp for exploring the trails of the Portneuf region
  • A great base camp if you’re looking to explore the trails in the Portneuf area.

Get out into the Québec countryside for miles of riding on the Saint-Raymond trail network. It’s perfect for riders of all levels. The trails start at the Roquemont Hotel and run mainly between the foothills of Mount Laura and Suisse Mountain, a small summit some 100 metres high. A perfect spot for an after-work ride or to introduce a friend to the sport.

Vallée Bras-du-Nord (Shannahan Area)

Distance from downtown: 84 km (52 mi.)

Why ride the trails at Vallée Bras-du-Nord's Shannahan area?

  • A valley bottom with few steep uphills
  • A series of long, narrow, fast trails with magnificent riverside stretches
  • Plenty of gentle, rolling trails perfect for beginners
  • A great variety of onsite activities: canoeing, hiking, canyoning and Via Ferrata

With glacial valleys, high granite walls, powerful rivers, spectacular waterfalls, and old-growth forest, the Shannahan sector is an inspiring place to ride. And ride you can! There are nearly 100 km (62 miles) of custom mountain biking trails in the sector, with some 30 km (19 miles) for beginner and intermediate riders.

Sentiers du Moulin

Distance from downtown: 25 km (16 mi.)

Why ride the trails at Sentiers du Moulin?

  • Closest biking area to downtown, perfect for combining a ride with another activity
  • A network of fun, technically challenging trails
  • Several trails run along the side of the mountain
  • Modern reception chalet offering all services and fun after-bike.

Sentiers du Moulin is home to the famous SuperG, the most popular trail in the province. The quality of the trails and creativity of the builders have made Sentiers du Moulin a favourite with enduro and cross-country riders. For discerning riders of all levels, Sentiers du Moulin does not disappoint.

Empire 47

Distance from downtown: 30 km (19 mi.)

Why ride the trails at Empire 47?

  • A networks of trails perfect for beginners with few steep uphills
  • Some technically challenging trails
  • On-site accommodation and recreational activities

At less than 30 minutes from the city centre, the trails near magnificent Lake Delage are the easiest to get to. With nice forest cover and undulating terrain, it’s great for short rides or for initiating someone to the sport. In the winter, it turns into the most popular fatbiking venue in the province, with more than 40 km (25 miles) of trails kept in pristine condition

Le Massif de Charlevoix (Opening in September 2020)

Distance from downtown: 80 km (50 mi.) to the summit / 95 km (59 mi.) to the base of the mountain

Why ride the  trails at Massif de Charlevoix?

  • New site offering a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River and the Charlevoix mountains
  • Highest elevation east of the Rockies allowing very long descents
  • Majority of rolling trails, perfect for beginners and intermediates
  • Accommodation on site and various outdoor activities nearby

Massif de Charlevoix is known for its stunning terrain and the mountain biking trails are no different. Adrenaline junkies and easy riders alike will enjoy the 20 km (12 miles) of mountainside trails. With nearly 700 metres (2,300 ft.) of elevation, downhill trails that run for 6 km (almost 4 miles), and a gondola to get you back up the hill, this is a favourite destination for riders of all levels.

 

Fat Biking

Québec City is a winter capital, so it’s no surprise that biking in the snow is catching on fast on local trails. Special bikes with super wide wheels, known as “fat bikes", are the perfect ride for winter conditions, and a great way to stretch out the cycling season.


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