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.

Fatbike | Credit:  Empire 47
Credit: Empire 47

Empire 47


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.

fat bike Sentiers du Moulin | Credit:  Chrystina Mérette
Credit: Chrystina Mérette

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 20 km (12 miles), the trails are better suited to intermediate and advanced riders, as well as thrill seekers!

Fatbike at Mont-Sainte-Anne | Credit:  Mont-Sainte-Anne
Credit: Mont-Sainte-Anne



Set in a true winter wonderland, this world-class alpine and cross-country skiing resort is also a great fat biking destination. Spanning almost 30 km (20 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  | Credit:  VBN, Philippe Jobin
Credit: VBN, Philippe Jobin

Vallée Bras-du-Nord

Shannahan Sector, Saint-Raymond

If you’re looking for a challenge, 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, while the lac-de-la-Hauteur crossing will satisfy the most experienced riders looking to push themselves. 

Fatbike Domaine de Maizerets | Credit:  Domaine de Maizerets
Credit: Domaine de Maizerets

Domaine de Maizerets

Québec City

Just minutes away from the downtown core, this is the most accessible fat bike destination. The Domaine de Maizerets 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.

Fatbike at Parc national de la Jacques Cartier | Credit:  Francis Gagnon
Credit: Francis Gagnon

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier


Snowshoe trails and vast backcountry skiing areas are the marquee attractions at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier. There are also more than 20 km of groomed trails for exploring this awe-inspiring mountain valley on a fat bike. 

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


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