Best Bike Hotels for Mountain Biking in the Québec City Area
Mountain biking in Québec has skyrocketed in popularity in Québec. While the Québec province proposes 2 600 km of mtb trails, 575 km are located in the Québec City region. A quick calculation brings you to the conclusion that Québec City is, by far, the best-endowed region of all. The destination has 5 major centers − Mont-Sainte-Anne, Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Les Sentiers du Moulin, Empire 47 and Le Massif de Charlevoix. Constant growth by way of quality infrastructures is the mainstay to welcoming growing clienteles. Beyond each season’s fresh crop of new trails that are designed and built by experts, neighbouring tourist establishments have also upped their game, treating visiting riders to a memorable sports-centric stay, and a first-class cycling vacation.
Here is a selection of bike-friendly lodging around Québec City, all just a spin of the pedals away from the region’s top mountain bike trails.
- Delta Mont-Sainte-Anne
Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat. Yep, it’s easy to repeat when you are bunking down at the foot of the trails, at Mont-Sainte-Anne – and only 30 minutes from Le Massif de Charlevoix! The Delta Hotels by Marriott, Mont Sainte-Anne, Resort & Convention Center is an excellent option for combining these two mountain biking destinations, while staying a mere 30 minutes from downtown Québec City. From its 4-star perspective, it offers cyclists pure perfection in complete simplicity.Delta Mont-Sainte-Anne
Tucked away on the edge of wilderness where nature is both abundant and generous, here you can enjoy tranquility and that pleasant feeling of getting away from it all, but with a huge choice of guest units and services. In total, 210 studios and condos with contemporary charm are yours to choose from, including several with mezzanine and fireplace. Back from a cool rainy day outdoors, why not do cocktails by a comfy fire?
Cycling tip: The Delta is only 100 metres from the gondola that whisks cyclists to the summit to discover the mountain’s downhill and enduro trail network (28 km), renowned for its breathtaking World Cups and technical trails. However, over the past years, two beginner and intermediate downhill trails have been created to democratize this lovely peak! Or… why not invest in a one-ride only gondola ticket? That way you enjoy the magnificent view and ride back down to the base, with the option of merrily continuing your day over in the cross-country sector that spans a sprawling 130 km. The best of both worlds, on two-wheels!Étienne Dionne
Beyond cycling: Fans of the great outdoors are sure to find their nirvana. A hiking trail network of 20 or so kilometres zigzags down the mountain, in addition to the region’s signature trails, a.k.a. La Mestachibo, Le Sentier des Caps and Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area’s hiking trails. To explore even more terrain, Canyon Sainte-Anne is a must. Only 10 minutes from the Delta by car, here you can admire an impressive 74-metre waterfall (even higher than Niagara!). Several observation points and suspended bridges add to the trail’s excitement − not to mention its Air Canyon adventure, a sort of merry-go-round in nature that soars over the canyon at a roaring 50 km/hr.
- Entourage sur-le-Lac
Good sleep. Good cycling. Good food. Good drinks. If this model speaks to you, the new and modern designed Entourage sur-le-Lac resort also has a private beach, on Lac Beauport. A short 5 kilometres from Les Sentiers du Moulin, it is a 20-minute drive from another mountain biking centre, Empire 47, on Lac-Delage.Entourage sur-le-Lac
Cycling tip: With such a location, it is worth discovering both nearby centers! Les Sentiers du Moulin proposes 60 km of MTB trails known for their magnificent views of the Lac-Beauport region, on terrain dotted with obstacles and presenting serious challenges. Better still, go for the Maelstrom sector’s longest ridable rocky ridge in the world! At Empire 47, more than 60 km of trails appeal to riders, with an excellent progression for beginners. Plus, it boasts the biggest paved pump track in the region – a great attraction for the young, and the young at heart!Entourage sur-le-Lac
Beyond cycling: Entourage-sur-le-Lac Resort also has a long lineup of activities and a full guest experience focused on wellness and the art of living. More than a hotel, it is a genuine concept. The dining experience is excellent, and its lakeside location is perfect for a rainbow of watersport activities (what could be nicer, after going all out on the trails?). Jump into the pool or lake, try SUP or kayaking or indulge in some spa time. BTW, sunsets here are simply magical. Special shout out to families: with so many on-site activities, there is definitely something for every one of your clan members!
- Le Massif de Charlevoix, Jean-Sébastien Chartier Plante
Le Massif de Charlevoix Accommodation
Sweet sleeps, mountainside. If you love mountain life, Le Massif de Charlevoix Accommodation features luxurious lodging units with plenty of options. Tucked away in the Charlevoix forest, each unit provides guests with priority access to the MTB trail network.
With unparalleled views of the St. Lawrence River, Les Chalets-Forêt (3- or 4- bedroom forest chalets) and Les Refuges (2-bedroom units) rule from the summit. All propose a modern decor created with comfort, ergonomics and sustainability in mind. Some overlook the St Lawrence River while others stand tall among the evergreens. Do note that Les Refuges units present in a series of three chalets, ideal for larger groups. Moms and Dads are sure to appreciate the undeniable benefits of vacationing at the mountain with friends, where each family can retire into its own private bubble, at day’s end.
Options also include living the condo life at the foot of the trails: Les Caches de la Grande-Pointe (both mountain- and/or riverside views).Gabriel Gakwaya
Cycling tip: This bike-friendly lodging offer also means that by pairing two bike and stay destinations, you waste very little time in transit: Le Massif de Charlevoix is about a thirty-minute drive from Mont-Sainte-Anne. Both destinations have a gondola, so cyclists are sure to get their money’s worth. Le Massif is an excellent MTB center for beginner and intermediate riders, with flowy rolling trails and few obstacles, in addition to a new summit learning zone due to launch in Summer 2022.Gabriel Gakwaya
Beyond cycling: A few kilometres from the attractions of the Charlevoix region
A getaway to the Massif not only allows you to immerse yourself in nature and practice your favorite activities, but also to discover the region by finding yourself a few minutes from the magnificent village of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François and the unmissable town of Baie-Saint-Paul. Take the opportunity to visit the many national parks in the region.