The Best Fat Bike Trails

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on September 20, 2023
Empire 47 - Fatbike
Empire 47

Fat bikes are mountain bikes outfitted with big, beefy tires to deliver optimal traction. Perfectly suited to riding in the snow, they perform best on packed trails. This makes fat biking an ideal activity for beginner riders and seasoned cyclists alike. Here are the best winter riding locations around Québec City.

Empire 47 (E47)

Empire 47 - Night hike
Dylan Page

This might very well be the most popular fat bike destination in the world! With about 40 km (25 miles) of undulating, machine groomed trails for all levels, Empire 47 is a fat biking paradise. The amenities and the comprehensive fleet of rental bikes can accommodate groups of almost any size.

Sentiers du Moulin

Les Sentiers du Moulin - Fatbike
Sentiers du Moulin, Dylan Page

A well-known destination for cross-country skiing and mountain biking, Sentiers du Moulin is a natural fit for fat biking. The trail network is a challenging one and offers a unique “Enduro” twist: a winter version of the popular SuperG mountain bike trail. Just shy of 30 km (20 miles), the trails are better suited to intermediate and advanced riders, as well as thrill seekers!


Fatbike dans un sentier au Mont-Sainte-Anne
Au Québ

Set in a true winter wonderland, this world-class alpine and cross-country skiing resort is also a great fat biking destination. Spanning almost 7 km (4 miles), the trail network is maintained all winter long. The trailhead is located next to the cross-country ski centre, about 7 km (4 miles) away from the chairlift. 

Vallée Bras-du-Nord (Shannahan Sector)

Two fatbike cyclists on snow-covered trails in the Vallée Bras-du-Nord.
Philippe Jobin

If you’re looking for fun and flowy trails, the trails at Shannahan are well worth the drive… and the effort! A mellow ride to the magnificent Delaney waterfall is a great option for beginners. Those looking for a little more challenging terrain with flowy trails will love Poule à Gendron and Grande Évasion.

Fat Biking Near Downtown

Introduce yourself to fatbike in the heart of the Old City in the company of a guide, and on a flat course with Tuque & bicycle experiences. This company also offers to rent a fat bike by the hour, in order to experience it in complete freedom.

Just minutes away from the downtown core, Domaine Maizerets is the most accessible fat bike destination. The crew maintains a small network of multi-use winter trails that span the historic estate. A small rental fleet is available on site, along with ice skates, cross-country skis, snowshoes, and a few kicksled.

Fat Biking 101

Be advised that fat biking is a winter outdoor activity. Just like cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, dressing appropriately is key to enjoying a positive experience. Click here to learn how to dress for fat biking and to get other useful tips


Équipe édito
Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

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