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    Montreal and Quebec riding info

    Hello all,

    Here's a quick list of riding tips and info for MTBR members who would like more info about the riding scene in Quebec. If you're looking for multi-days of riding, there should be enough locations on the ride directory to help pick a destination. This is not "the official" or "the ultimate" guide to mountain biking in Quebec but a compilation of links with loads of info that will get you started on your journey.

    Federation Quebecoise des Sports Cyclistes (www.FQSC.net) runs the sport as far as racing goes. You'll get all the info about races all over the province

    www.ADSVMQ.org :: Trail advocacy group --- IMBA's representative in Quebec. If there are trail issues or if you want to know about trail maintenance, this is the place to be. We have projects all over Quebec and we're working hard to develop new mountain biking opportunity in various region.

    www.AllezY.net :: Trail directory of official Quebec trails. (Also includes lots of trails in Vermont, NH, NY, MA and even Ontario!) The trail directory is in french but the forum is billingual so don't be affraid to come in and ask questions or just to say hi.

    www.ClubVeloEpic.org :: Bike club from Montreal who organizes rides all over Quebec and the Northeast.

    www.LesCoeursVaillants.qc.ca :: Bike club on the south shore of Montreal with the only official trail system nearby. Acess is restricted but the site is open for the public on weekends.

    www.clubVVM.blogspot.com :: This is a new bike club that's been created to promote mountain biking as a legitimate outdoor sport in the Missisquoi Valley (Mansonville area). We're working hard to get a network of trail built. We're presently looking for local riders and builders to help build the new sections of singletrack. The Missiquoi Valley is located between a few mountain biking hot spots like: Bromont, Coaticook, Kingdom Trails and the future Stowe Ride Center that will link a lot of singletrack area in Northern and Central Vermont.

    Bike shops in Montreal in Google Map :: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0...2,0.30899&z=12
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    Thanks Bigjay,
    but... http://www.lescoeursvaillants.qc.ca/
    >>Il n'y a pas d'accès aux visiteurs pour 2009.
    Seulement les invités des membres de Trivélo et Coeurs Vaillants pourrons avoir accès aux pistes.
    Tel qu'exigé par la Défense Nationale pour la saison 2009.<<
    ....no mention about week-ends.

    I'm probably going to check out East Hereford this week-end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swm
    Thanks Bigjay,
    but... http://www.lescoeursvaillants.qc.ca/
    >>Il n'y a pas d'accès aux visiteurs pour 2009.
    Seulement les invités des membres de Trivélo et Coeurs Vaillants pourrons avoir accès aux pistes.
    Tel qu'exigé par la Défense Nationale pour la saison 2009.<<
    Yeah... heard that this week... but lots of people working hard on this so it does open again to the public... Season hasn't started there yet... It's a really bad situation.
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    How strict is the 3 person rule at CV? I like to ride during the week, it's almost impossible to get 2 other guys to ride with, 1 other person is not a problem but 2....................

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    pretty strict... but they have a forum on their website where you can contact people and organize something.
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    I Just bought my heckler,,,,i cant wait to try it...if anyone want to go there during the weekends,my girlfriend and I would be very happy.The only thing is we dont have a car.
    viva le mont ste anne...=)

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    we are thinking about going there september and october... might be cool to rent a chalet and sample/cook from the market in quebec city and have a ride around/down mount ste anne

    dinner like this... http://www.theghet.com/

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    Velirium, the World Cup and Mont Sainte Anne were as much fun as expected this year. It was very soggy at times, some of the double black diamond XC trails like L'Echappée were extremely muddy, and L'Arche du Boisée was closed off entirely. They need to do some drainage control work on those trails as parts were like a streambed, some IMBA level upgrades would be good. They had also routed some of the lift assist DH trails like La Vietnam and La Grissante onto L'Echappée, so when you're struggling through the really muddy rocky stuff on an XC bike you can get a bunch of guys flying through on DH bikes. But the red diamond trails on the north side of the power lines like La Indiana Jones, La Montée St.Hillaire and L'Enduro Nord were in better shape and seem to drain better, maybe more sand in the soild.

    I tried parts of the World Cup course, but it was extremely muddy when it was open to the public again after the races.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    Velirium, the World Cup and Mont Sainte Anne were as much fun as expected this year. It was very soggy at times, some of the double black diamond XC trails like L'Echappée were extremely muddy, and L'Arche du Boisée was closed off entirely. They need to do some drainage control work on those trails as parts were like a streambed, some IMBA level upgrades would be good.
    If you visit the province, i would not recommend a trip to Mont-Sainte-Anne unless you like XC-skiing doubletrack trails. There is Vallée Bras du Nord in Saint-Raymond and Sentiers du Moulin near Charlesbourg both offer great singletrack trails that mountain bikers crave!

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    Sentiers du Moulin: http://www.allezy.net/rep_sentiers/sentier.php?ID=67
    Vallée Bras du Nord: http://www.valleebrasdunord.com/
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    Howdy all,
    Am travelling to Quebec from Australia for 7 days in late may. Those seem like the spots to go.

    Problem is I wont be taking a bike. Any recommendations on bike hire places in Quebec City or surrounds? And - will I need a car to get to those trails, any public transport?

    Anyone want to show me 'round (and teach me some french)??
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    Quote Originally Posted by murrm
    Howdy all,
    Am travelling to Quebec from Australia for 7 days in late may. Those seem like the spots to go.

    Problem is I wont be taking a bike. Any recommendations on bike hire places in Quebec City or surrounds? And - will I need a car to get to those trails, any public transport?

    Anyone want to show me 'round (and teach me some french)??
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    Quebec City. Looks like a car is going to be necessary from what I can gather, particularly if I want to check out the surrounds.

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    Well I'm in Montreal so I won't be your guide and yes a car is probably required. As for renting bikes, your best bet is in Mont Ste-Anne directly. Finding good MTBs anywhere else is almost impossible as far as I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PissedOffCil
    Well I'm in Montreal so I won't be your guide and yes a car is probably required. As for renting bikes, your best bet is in Mont Ste-Anne directly. Finding good MTBs anywhere else is almost impossible as far as I know.
    Thanks for your help.

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    From Montreal too... but you could check out VMQCA.QC.CA and ask on their old-school forum:

    http://www.vmqca.qc.ca/groupedediscussion/

    Be careful and very polite about asking question... People there are truely scared of "anglos" coming and asked questions in english... i've sent people over there before... but they didn't get such a warm welcome...

    I say, ask away... but make a note that you're a visitor or something...

    Anyhow, some of them might be reading this... so you never know!

    good luck!
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    Thanks,
    might be time to get the french phrasebook out.
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    I'm from Quebec city, you definetely need a car if you want to see all the good trails around here. There is a bike show this week-end, I will try to find where is the best place to rent bikes. If you have any questions juste ask me.

    I might be able to show you the place for a day or two if you come after may 22. There is acually a local race on may 24 on some nice trails that are only open for biking the day of the race. I supose you don't want to race but i could bring you with me for a fake pre-ride of the race course to show you the trails and then a 20 min drive would bring us to the Sentiers du Moulin for some great riding.

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    Hi,

    I am going to go to Mont-Sainte-Anne to watch the World Championships in September, but I also want to do some riding of my own the other days. Definitively I will check out the Sentiers du Moulin and Vallée Bras du Nord.
    I saw that there is a Canada Cup race in Baie-Saint-Paul, which doesn't seem to be far from Quebec city, is this a place where we could ride? I mean is it open for the general public? are the trails good? BigJay have you been there?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AztecRider
    Definitively I will check out the Sentiers du Moulin and Vallée Bras du Nord.
    Great! You'll love it!

    Quote Originally Posted by AztecRider
    I saw that there is a Canada Cup race in Baie-Saint-Paul, which doesn't seem to be far from Quebec city, is this a place where we could ride? I mean is it open for the general public? are the trails good? BigJay have you been there?

    Thanks!
    I really don't know what's going on out there... Lack of public info... I know they have a regionnal race as well... but don't know if it's worth the drive...

    Again, check out www.vmqc.qc.ca and ask...
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    Quote Originally Posted by murrm
    Howdy all,
    Am travelling to Quebec from Australia for 7 days in late may. Those seem like the spots to go.

    Problem is I wont be taking a bike. Any recommendations on bike hire places in Quebec City or surrounds? And - will I need a car to get to those trails, any public transport?

    Anyone want to show me 'round (and teach me some french)??
    Cheers
    When you rent that car, remember you're driving on the right! Be careful; you could have an accident in the first kilometer. I found it challenging to drive and ride on the left in New Zealand and I soon realized that at every intersection I needed to stop and think which way to look. Even so, I almost got run over two or three times on my mountain bike at roundabouts in Christchurch (I would look left first instead of right first).

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    Fly out tomorrow morning to Quebec. Zakarina has kindly offered to show me round sentiers du moulin on sunday.
    I will probably do some more riding during the week if anyone from Quebec city is keen for a ride with a very poor french speaking australian. Send a PM.

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    Arriving in Montreal on Sept. 7, 2010-anyone want to ride?

    I am travelling w/ my husband during this time but he's going to be working. We are staying in Montreal through the week and I have a car. I read the sticky but am hoping for a bit more info on trail recommendations. I also need to rent a bike and it sounds like I can only do that at Mont Ste-Anne. I'm interested in riding singletrack but see that there are various parks/areas to ride, but i didn't find any specific trail info. names of trails, which direction to ride, etc.

    Any help would be appreciated. Also, if anyone is free during this time and would be willing to show me around some trails, that'd be great. I just got back from a 2 wk. mountain bike trip to Idaho and am a decent rider.

    Thanks Guys!

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    Mont Sainte Anne would be a long drive from Montreal, but Bromont is only 45 minutes south. Trails and bike rentals would be available.
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    I was in Sentiers du Moulin & Mont Ste-Anne a few weeks ago. I really liked Mont Ste-Anne, it's not only XC-skiing doubletrack trails, they have a couple of new twisty single track trails. One is called Moulin (not to confuse with Sentiers du Moulin) and another one Aret. There is even one more that is not on the map. These are technically challenging and there is lots of climbing, including the so called "Climb of Death", basically you go up half way and then finish with super fun mostly downhill. On top of that, there is the World Cup course, which is not properly marked, so it takes a while to figure it out, it is very hard! Lost of climbs and technical and scary drops, but it is worth a try. Mont Ste-Anne is highly recommended!

    Sentiers du Moulin is also great, lots of rocks and tight single trail. It lacks a bit of climbing in my opinion, but it is very challenging and fun as it is.

    Have fun!

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    bike rentals

    thanks for the responses. i will plan to hit up the bike park one day. does anyone know of any other place to rent a bike as I hope to hit up another area to ride during the week.
    thanks again for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AztecRider
    I was in Sentiers du Moulin & Mont Ste-Anne a few weeks ago. I really liked Mont Ste-Anne, it's not only XC-skiing doubletrack trails, they have a couple of new twisty single track trails. One is called Moulin (not to confuse with Sentiers du Moulin) and another one Aret. There is even one more that is not on the map. These are technically challenging and there is lots of climbing, including the so called "Climb of Death", basically you go up half way and then finish with super fun mostly downhill. On top of that, there is the World Cup course, which is not properly marked, so it takes a while to figure it out, it is very hard! Lost of climbs and technical and scary drops, but it is worth a try. Mont Ste-Anne is highly recommended!
    Things have improved at Mont Sainte-Anne this year. They have hired a trail crew to help thing back up... and with the World Championships coming in the next couple weeks, they really needed the boost!
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    Last fall the operator of Mont Sainte Anne sent out a questionnaire to those that stayed there during the summer. Trail conditions and trail upkeep were two of the things I mentioned because it had been so wet last summer and the trails were in rough condition, there were some real drainage problems that needed to be fixed up. Good to know they have done some work on the trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJay
    Things have improved at Mont Sainte-Anne this year. They have hired a trail crew to help thing back up... and with the World Championships coming in the next couple weeks, they really needed the boost!

    I just came back from watchin the World Championships in MSA, it was great! I also did some more riding and I rode some new trails that are awesome:

    Zapa: is short but very technical and flowy.
    Raccourci: Not so technical, but lots of fun twsyty sinlge track with small rock gardens.
    Rapide: As it name implies is a mostly downhill very fast trail.

    All those trails branch out of the main older trails. Hopefully they keep building these kind of of trails in MSA.


    I also went to Vallee Brass du Nord and it is great!!! It is a network of about 16 Km in a remote but beautiful location. Probably the most beautiful woods where I have mountain biked. And the trails are amazing, specially the further ones. If you go there don't miss:
    Descente Aux Enfers
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    Quote Originally Posted by AztecRider
    I also went to Vallee Brass du Nord and it is great!!! It is a network of about 16 Km in a remote but beautiful location. Probably the most beautiful woods where I have mountain biked. And the trails are amazing, specially the further ones. If you go there don't miss:
    Descente Aux Enfers
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    Vallée Bras-du-Nord is quite a trail system! Glad you like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJay
    Vallée Bras-du-Nord is quite a trail system! Glad you like it!

    It was great. Thanks for the tip BigJay.

    Next year I'll go again and I'll also try St-Felicien. Have you been there? How does it compare to Vallee Bras-du-Nord? Thanks

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    St.Felicien is quite enjoyable, they have the best trail marking system I've ever seen, it is very easy to figure out where you are, lots of identified trail intersections on the map. A good range of trails. And of course they had a World Cup as well as a National Championship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AztecRider
    It was great. Thanks for the tip BigJay.

    Next year I'll go again and I'll also try St-Felicien. Have you been there? How does it compare to Vallee Bras-du-Nord? Thanks
    St-Felicien use to be one of my favorite area in Quebec. I haven't been in two years now... i sort of miss it... but according to a couple friends that went on labor day weekend, the trails lack a bit of TLC... It could be due to the exceptionnal summer we've had... things are so dry that everything is getting more rooty...

    As i mentionned in the first post, check out www.AllezY.net/rep_sentiers

    Look at the map, check out the ratings... And ask around... it's pretty easy to navigate and even tough it's in french, you'll get most of it... lots of pretty pictures and maps to navigate...

    Oh, if you're in St-Felicien for a couple days, check out "Sentiers Panoramique" in Chicoutimi (Saguenay). That place is techy and rocky fun! Built and maintained by the local bike club w/ employees from the town... pretty awsome, pretty unique!

    When we travel out there, we generally make it out 2 days in St-Felicien and one day in Chicoutimi... makes for an awsome 3-day weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJay View Post
    St-Felicien use to be one of my favorite area in Quebec. I haven't been in two years now... i sort of miss it... but according to a couple friends that went on labor day weekend, the trails lack a bit of TLC... It could be due to the exceptionnal summer we've had... things are so dry that everything is getting more rooty...

    As i mentionned in the first post, check out AllezY - Répertoire des sentiers

    Look at the map, check out the ratings... And ask around... it's pretty easy to navigate and even tough it's in french, you'll get most of it... lots of pretty pictures and maps to navigate...

    Oh, if you're in St-Felicien for a couple days, check out "Sentiers Panoramique" in Chicoutimi (Saguenay). That place is techy and rocky fun! Built and maintained by the local bike club w/ employees from the town... pretty awsome, pretty unique!

    When we travel out there, we generally make it out 2 days in St-Felicien and one day in Chicoutimi... makes for an awsome 3-day weekend!
    I'm a proud rider of the "Panoramique" There is some really crazy stuff in there lol. I went at St-Fe twice this year, it's a fine place too.

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    Bike mag "article" on Coaticook & East Heresford;
    bikemag.com/gallery/the-birthplace-of-quebec-mountain-biking/

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    I'm looking foward to the coming season!! I finally have a working car that will allow me to discover East Hereford and Coaticook!!

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    Smile going to Granby...Bromont...

    Hello/Bonjour,

    Me and my 3 boys are camping close to Ski Bromont and we're looking for some help to locate some other places to trail ride, other than the Bromont bike park. Yes we are riding the park, but I'd like to also ride some nice cross country trails in the area...

    Thanks in advance,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minimalist29er View Post
    I'm looking foward to the coming season!! I finally have a working car that will allow me to discover East Hereford and Coaticook!!
    You should get out there... Anyone seen the Bike Magazine report on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sucks to be big View Post
    Hello/Bonjour,

    Me and my 3 boys are camping close to Ski Bromont and we're looking for some help to locate some other places to trail ride, other than the Bromont bike park. Yes we are riding the park, but I'd like to also ride some nice cross country trails in the area...

    Thanks in advance,
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    There is some riding around the mountain but SkiBromont closed off all of their XC trails this summer.

    Good thing: Les Amis des Sentiers de Bromont (Friends of the Bromont Trails) have trails to offer around the small town: LES AMIS DES SENTIERS DE BROMONT

    If you don't mind the 2h drive to East Hereford, it's really THE place for trails of outstanding quality!

    Hope this helps!
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    New to the area

    Hello all. I'm currently a long term visitor to the Repentigny area and learning french. I hail from Baltimore, Maryland, where I was surrounded by free trails all over the place. I can't seem to find any free trails around here where you just ride through the woods. Since I can't speak french (yet),many of the above websites are no help. Any ideas where I can start wandering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulk252 View Post
    Hello all. I'm currently a long term visitor to the Repentigny area and learning french. I hail from Baltimore, Maryland, where I was surrounded by free trails all over the place. I can't seem to find any free trails around here where you just ride through the woods. Since I can't speak french (yet),many of the above websites are no help. Any ideas where I can start wandering?
    There:
    Rue Monique - Google Maps
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    Thanks for the tip on Monique BigJay, but it does not seem like there is any trails starting there anymore. Just the soccer field and some kids playgrounds. I'll get my lady friend to help me on the French websites you suggested above.

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    Hulk - look again, try rue Jean-Pierre;
    Les Sentiers de la Presqu'ile
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    Répertoire des sentiers - Fiche du sentier Sentiers de la Presqu\'le
    Officially closed until the end of August due to mosquitoes.
    You can probably ride now but unless you cover yourself head-to-toe in DEET you'll need a blood transfusion. Never been there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swm View Post
    Hulk - look again, try rue Jean-Pierre;
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    Officially closed until the end of August due to mosquitoes.
    You can probably ride now but unless you cover yourself head-to-toe in DEET you'll need a blood transfusion. Never been there.
    Oh i raced there every week in high school... mosquitoes would keep the laps quick! No stopping or you're not coming out of the woods!

    Worth a try... but don't get high expectations... there were only 2-3 little sections of single track some 15 years ago... rest is fast doubletrack
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    Hi Folks,

    I'm from Brazil and a longtimer at MTBR. I use to live in northern California from 2000-2004 and hang out with the crew over there.

    Now I'm spending a one year sabbatical in Quebec, and I'm looking for some trail suggestions. I've been at Mount St-Anne (great place) but I'm trying to find some nice single track around Lac Beauport.

    It would be nice to meet some of you locals for a group ride before the summer is over.

    Tomorrow I'm planning a ride with a friend in the lac beauport area, and I wonder if someone has a garmin track of a nice trail with single track, within a 20ish km loop.

    my email is: gmarques AT civil DOT cefetmg.br

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    I rode up to the de la presquile this week to take a look. Since I'm a visitor in this country right now, I was not willing to ride it with it closed. I can't imagine there would be many Mosquitos right now though since we have had such a dry summer. Ill wait until its open to explore it for the first time. Anyway, if anybody wants to ride and show me some spots sometime, email me at hulk252@yahoo dot com.

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    Hi there

    I am travelling over from Australia and will be based in Montreal from the 8th October through to the 13th November. I was looking for some recommendations of weekenders to do on my mountain bike while I am there. I have looked up a couple of areas and it looks as though most things close up on the 8th October, is it still worth me bringing my bike over or will the trails be completely watered over by then. I am looking for nice single track, weekend camping type trails. Will have a car and be based in Montreal, any suggestions appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harlie View Post
    Hi there

    I am travelling over from Australia and will be based in Montreal from the 8th October through to the 13th November. I was looking for some recommendations of weekenders to do on my mountain bike while I am there. I have looked up a couple of areas and it looks as though most things close up on the 8th October, is it still worth me bringing my bike over or will the trails be completely watered over by then. I am looking for nice single track, weekend camping type trails. Will have a car and be based in Montreal, any suggestions appreciated.

    Cheers

    Lesa
    I live in California but have lived in New England and Quebec, so I can give you a couple of comments. First, by that time southern Quebec could be cold and rainy, or even snowy. I hope it won't be. The same is true for northern New England, but if it's not, you should check out the wonderful Kingdom Trails in northern Vermont, perhaps 150 km from Montreal. Site: Kingdom Trails Association. I don't know of anything near Montreal that's as good. You will need your passport to traverse the border. You used to be able to rent a bicycle at the East Burke, Vermont, bicycle shop; I don't know if that's still possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harlie View Post
    Hi there

    I am travelling over from Australia and will be based in Montreal from the 8th October through to the 13th November. I was looking for some recommendations of weekenders to do on my mountain bike while I am there. I have looked up a couple of areas and it looks as though most things close up on the 8th October, is it still worth me bringing my bike over or will the trails be completely watered over by then. I am looking for nice single track, weekend camping type trails. Will have a car and be based in Montreal, any suggestions appreciated.

    Cheers

    Lesa

    DH ? XC-AM ?

    DH: Bromont ot Ste-Anne

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    In October, you can still get some excellent XC riding days ... depending of the weather. As for the trails, I'd suggest you go to this site: AllezY - Répertoire des sentiers In all cases, you'll have to drive from 20 to 45 minutes (Bromont or Chantecler) ... or up to 2 - 3 hours (Burke, VT or Ste-Anne close to Quebec) to find the best trails around.

    Hope you enjoy your time ... good luck.

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    Hi there anyone know of a bike shop in Montreal that rents front suspension mountain bikes, I would like to hire one this weekend?
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    Hopefully somebody here can give me some advice, not sure where else to post/look since I don't speak french. The first week of July, just after the long weekend, I am heading to Bromont to go downhilling for 5 days, figured i'd avoid the crowds by waiting until after Canada day. Before heading to Bromont though, I'm planning on first heading further east on the Saturday long weekend to Coatiacook and East Hereford to do trail riding on the Sunday and Monday.
    Is there anybody here who can give any recommendations on lodging? Which area is best to stay in of the two? Not looking to spend a ton, just a decent $100 per night motel with clean sheets , running water and which wouldn't mind us having bikes in the room.
    Are these areas very touristy? Can we expect lots of people in the area for long weekend? How about communication? It is very close to the U.S. border, can I expect to find English speaking workers at restaurants/hotels?

    And lastly, any good maps/directions or trails maps to the areas?

    We are basing our decision to go riding in this area off a few recommendations in this thread, the bike magazine article and a few other recommendations I found online. Also hoping to find authentic poutine and croissants in the area!

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    My MTB season doesn't start for another month, so a couple of late answers to previous post.
    English? - most people in the tourist trade can do.
    Maps? - Vélo Québec

    Hope you had a good time.

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    Looks like Victoriaville has been doing some trail work on Arthabaska - never been there.
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    Hey Robbbby,

    here's some first hand experience with those places. I've never been to Coaticook yet, but I've heard that the trails are a bit more rutted and technical. If you like that, they're apparently fun trails when it's dry. There are a few restaurants in town, famous Coaticook ice cream and cheese kurd factory, and a few places to sleep. I usually bring a lunch and sleep at home so I can't comment on lodging and food.

    East Hereford has a really nice trail system and I ride there 5-6 times per summer since it's close to where I live and the season's pass is only 35-40$. A day pass is 10$.First, make sure to bring food and water, because the town is so small that you won't find anywhere to even get water, unless you go ask a resident. There is a small convenience store in nearby St-Hermenegilde, and it's about a half hour drive from Coaticook. You'll probably drive thru them depending on where you come from. The closest accommodation is also going to be in Coaticook.

    Their trail system is pretty diverse, ranging from fun and technically easy flow trails (La Bobine), to a bit more technical and rocky trails, to a double-diamond short DH trail that starts from the summit. The views are quite nice on the summit, and the only way to do the DH trail (la maîtrise) is to shuttle to the top. You won't find any big drops or dangerously hard trails, and there is a LOT of climbing. It seems that any way you ride the trails you have to climb most of the time. Be prepared, but that said, I really really enjoy the trails. Most of the trails stay dry after rainfalls, so you won't find much mud there.

    If you're going to Bromont, the Sintra XC trails are really nice and fun, but short. You'll have seen everything after 2-3 hours in the saddle, but it makes for a fun short ride. Really enjoy that place too.

    Victoriaville has a few trails and a magnificent dirt jump park, and is worth stopping if you're driving east to the Quebec city area. They are mostly beginner trails and you'll be done in 1-2 hours, but it's developing and the trails are fun.

    It is really worth driving to the Quebec city area. Vallée Bras du Nord has the most awesome and scenic all-mountain trails in Quebec, Mont Ste-Anne has lots of technical miles of trails, and I've heard that Sentiers du moulin is a née spot for technical trails.

    I don't see any trails open until late April-May because there is still a LOT of snow around here and it is still cold. Don't hesitate to PM me if you want more info. Cheers!

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    Guim, ever been to Chantecler/Ste-Adele? Opinions?

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    Quebec region

    If anyone needs advice and/or a partner to ride in the immediate Quebec city area,(Sentiers du moulin or Vallée Bras du Nord) feel free to email me directly!
    gilles.morneau@vmqca.qc.ca

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    Hulk252, I have ridden at le Chantecler a lot over the last 4 / 5 years. Nice network of trails designed mostly as x-country trails adjacent to the Chantecler ski hill. A lot of markers at most intersections. Tight and twisty for the most part but the latest trails that were developped over the last 2 years have been a lot more flowy and longer. It's a great place to ride but it can get crowded during the weekends. You might see families walking in the trails there so be careful and respectful. Here is a map of the trails:
    http://pleinairsteadele.com/wp-conte...Chantecler.pdf

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnydrz View Post
    Hulk252, I have ridden at le Chantecler a lot over the last 4 / 5 years. Nice network of trails designed mostly as x-country trails adjacent to the Chantecler ski hill. A lot of markers at most intersections. Tight and twisty for the most part but the latest trails that were developped over the last 2 years have been a lot more flowy and longer. It's a great place to ride but it can get crowded during the weekends. You might see families walking in the trails there so be careful and respectful. Here is a map of the trails:
    http://pleinairsteadele.com/wp-conte...Chantecler.pdf

    Have fun!
    Thanks for the PDF, this looks great! Been looking for new stuff and had no idea this was available so close to MTL.

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    Hello all,

    Does anyone know if there is a group/store/organization that offers mountain bike instruction in the Montreal area?

    I have done a bit of road cycling, and would like to get started riding mountain bikes. I'm looking for everything from bike buying advice to actual riding techniques.

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnydrz View Post
    Hulk252, I have ridden at le Chantecler a lot over the last 4 / 5 years. Nice network of trails designed mostly as x-country trails adjacent to the Chantecler ski hill. A lot of markers at most intersections. Tight and twisty for the most part but the latest trails that were developped over the last 2 years have been a lot more flowy and longer. It's a great place to ride but it can get crowded during the weekends. You might see families walking in the trails there so be careful and respectful. Here is a map of the trails:
    http://pleinairsteadele.com/wp-conte...Chantecler.pdf

    Have fun!
    Thats great. Thanks. Since you have a lot of experience, where would YOU park your car and start your ride. That seems to be the hardest thing for me to figure out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vestky View Post
    Hello all,

    Does anyone know if there is a group/store/organization that offers mountain bike instruction in the Montreal area?

    I have done a bit of road cycling, and would like to get started riding mountain bikes. I'm looking for everything from bike buying advice to actual riding techniques.

    Many thanks

    Jeff
    I'm not aware of any instruction really, but I'm sure a quick search of clubs in Quebec will get you onto the right path. As for choosing a bike and having an easy start to things, Rigaud is a good option. Like with skiing it's a good place to learn. 2 very easy cross country runs are a good intro. Not too hard up or down run 1 or 2 (being classed green).

    If your looking to try diff bikes and see what feels best Rocky Mountain are doing a demo day this Sunday June 1st from 9-1pm. I went last year and it was really fun to try out diff bikes. All they needed was an ID, my preference of pedal type (clips, or none etc), and that I had a helmet.

    I'm not affiliated in any way, just a big fan of what mont Rigaud has done, and enjoyed the demo last year.

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    Some more Laurentians area trail info;
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RVML/124242497588039

    Morin Heights (old Bellevue ski hill);
    Vélo Québec - Répertoire des sentiers - Fiche du sentier Morin-Heights.
    Been there once, will go again. The locals have been doing a fair amount of trail work the last few years, more scheduled this week-end.

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    This trail is awesome...

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-rRb1cVm16w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Bras du Nord

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuprGrovr View Post
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-rRb1cVm16w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Bras du Nord
    Looks fantastic, can't believe I've never heard of this place!

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    Hi all. My wife and I may be in the Sherbrooke-Montreal area in the last week of April. Are any XC trails likely to be open at this time? Coaticook? East Hereford? others?

    It seems really early in the season, but I'm not sure what this particular winter/spring season has been like..

    Thanks for any info!
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    2WMan can't say for sure and we had a late starting spring this year.
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    Check the links in the 1st post for others.

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    You might be lucky in Bromont, but forget about Coaticook and East-Hereford in April. As of 3 days ago, there was 80cm of snow left in Hereford. Coaticook is clay. Wet clay is no fun.

    You might want to check the current status report for Bromont on Facebook. Group name is "Les Amis des Sentiers". Not yet open but might be ready soon.
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    Hey guys! Posting here after a few years.. I moved to the montreal area about 3 years ago and havent touched my mountain bike since then, and looking to get back to it this summer. Im searching for a few recommendations on places to park and ride close to the south shore (Brossard). I will go to Bromont and Coaticook and a few other places this summer for real tracks but in the meantime I am seeking cross country trails to get my cardio running... Ive looked around, there's not much here other than highways, cars and pollution..

    Thanks!

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    Though I'm sure there's something out there, the south shore doesn't have much going on till you get all the way out to Bromont. I did just find this on Trailforks though: Trivélo Mountain Bike Trails | Trailforks

    Never heard of it till now so I can't vouch for it. I spend most of my time at Chanteclerc and Rigaud, but I'd say that's farther from you than Bromont.

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    Thanks, Hypnotic and swm.

    We went to PA in late April instead. Trails were open and very dry. Hope to hit PQ later this summer.

    Quote Originally Posted by HypNoTic View Post
    You might be lucky in Bromont, but forget about Coaticook and East-Hereford in April. As of 3 days ago, there was 80cm of snow left in Hereford. Coaticook is clay. Wet clay is no fun.

    You might want to check the current status report for Bromont on Facebook. Group name is "Les Amis des Sentiers". Not yet open but might be ready soon.

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    Couple of spots near Montreal that have done some work lately;
    https://www.facebook.com/sentiersabbayeoka?fref=photo 30k & free (for now)
    Parc Domaine Vert - TOUT, NATURELLEMENT ! 16k $7

    Haven't been to either spot, the one at Oka is not part of the park.
    Probably not too technical.

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    Hi Guys, we need to your help to save a trail in Bromont.
    As some might or might not know there's a new project from "Bromont Immobilier" who want to sell the last lands on the mountain so news houses will be built, it's called the "Val 8" and it's now house of some awesome trails.
    A couple associations in Bromont are working hard so this project will be cancelled and he land will be protected. During this negociation time, SkiBromont made it forbidden to ride the trails in the "val 8" area.
    While lots of poeple listened and stopped going to ride there when all this started, the negociations turned to a dead end. Nobody seeing things getting clear, poeple started riding the trails again...
    We just learned that SkiBromont asked his trail crew to go in the "Val 8" area on monday (June 29th) and simply destroy one of the best trails there, the trail named "No Name" for those who know.. The trail destruction is nothing more than a revenge/power-ego-trip against the riders because they're not respecting the trails closure...

    We don't know how to prevent the trail destruction, for sure riders are not innocent in this story but the reaction from SkiBromont is just a stupid power trip considering A-the land will be destroyed anyway if new houses are to be build, or B-the trails are going to be official if the land is protected..

    Thanks for spreading the word, the way I see it is, the more poeple think and say it's a bad decision, the more SkiBromont will understand this is no good advertising for them. I know the SkiBromont marketing dept is quite active on Pinkbike forums, feel free to go there and say how you feel about all that. (you'll see some messages I posted there, they are in french but it basically says the same thing as what I'm saying here, just ways shorter...)
    Here's my message on Pinkbike : BROMONT RIDERS! - Page 156 - Pinkbike Forum

    Thanks for any help !
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    Finally made it up to the aforementioned Oka Abbey trails.
    https://www.facebook.com/sentiersabbayeoka
    http://www.velo.qc.ca/rep_sentiers/c...b08e821ba8.pdf

    I've been there a few of times recently (north side only) and highly recommend it. Yesterday some of the trails had been leaf-blown. North side is supposed to be more XC type, south side more freeride type & even DH. Apparently they've built lots of trails this year & more are in the works. Check the facebook page to be sure they're open.
    From the traffic circle at the end of the 640 head west on 344, parking spots on both sides of the 344 about 3km from the circle (just after the Agropur sign). Be very careful crossing the road!

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    "if you're going to Bromont, the Sintra XC trails are really nice and fun, but short. You'll have seen everything after 2-3 hours in the saddle, but it makes for a fun short ride. Really enjoy that place too." We are Planning a stop over hear for the afternoon. This quote from a previous post seems to fit. Are these free trails. Are they easy to find? And finally are they separate of Bromonts pay ski hill trails? I saw when we plan on going threw mid week in early June Bromont is not open yet. Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by washagorider View Post
    Are these free trails. Are they easy to find? And finally are they separate of Bromonts pay ski hill trails? I saw when we plan on going threw mid week in early June Bromont is not open yet. Thx
    Check out : Bromont XC trails

    Pretty easy to find, close to the ski station, might be a very low fee (I think it's volountary contribution).

    2-3 hours of XC fun.

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    If you looking for great routes and itinerary in the Quebec City area, checkout MTBQC | Répertoire d'itinéraires de vélo de montagne, lots of great trails in the mix. Routes are on Trailforks.com to, so super easy to user with the app!

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