The Best Fat Bike Trails
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)
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
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!
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)
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
- Tuque & bicycle expériences inc.
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.