Laurentians – Petit Train du Nord
Route-Verte Bicycle Tour
August 25-31, 2020
The Laurentians, north of Montréal, Quebec, are a world-famous destination of mountain peaks, forests, lakes, and swiftly running rivers. Le Petit Train du Nord is a 223 kilometre long multi-use trail that winds among the hills. The longest linear park in Canada, the “P’tit Train du Nord” literally means the “Little Train of the North”. The trail is built on an old railway line, which used to bring thousands of people into the Laurentians for their summer vacations and winter skiing from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Being built on the old train line, the “Petit Train” is an easy-to-ride trail. There are a few long gradual uphill sections but overall it is gentle riding, impressive considering that it winds its way through the Laurentian Mountains.
It has to rate as one of the very best bicycle trails in North America. This tour can easily be ridden on all types of bikes. We feel a hybrid to be a great choice for this relaxed-style trip, not just for the trail, but for other exploring around. 700 x 28 tires and above should be okay for this trip (25s might be okay, but may have issues in sections if any fresh stonedust has been put down.)
The old railway stations on the trail have been converted into cafés, restaurants, museums, tourist information points, and rest areas. The natural scenery of the Laurentians lets in a few charming small towns to linger in for breaks along the way.
While riding on cycling trails is great, we like to get off the pathways and do some exploring in the countryside. Giving us a full week of riding, we will alternate between the Petit Train du Nord and selected road riding.
We will begin our tour with a warm-up on the south extension of the path system before shuttling northward from Saint-Jérôme in the afternoon. The northern portion of the trail (between Mont-Laurier & Labelle) has towns fewer and further apart and is more natural, and more rugged. Further southward, the rivers along the trail turn to lakes,with more villages and small towns along the way. We continue on until reaching our end point back at Saint-Jerome.
Tour Outline Laurentians – Petit Train du Nord
Route-Verte Bicycle Tour
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – Saint-Jérôme to Blainville \ Shuttle to Lac-des-Îles
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – Lac-des-Îles to Mont Laurier
Thursday, August 27, 2020 – Mont Laurier to Nominique
Friday, August 28, 2020 – Nominique to Labelle
Saturday, August 29, 2020 – Day Ride at Labelle
Sunday, August 30, 2020 – Labelle to Sainte-Agathe
Monday, August 31, 2020 – Sainte-Agathe to Saint-Jérôme
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – Saint-Jérôme to Blainville \ Shuttle to Lac-des-Îles 40 km (25 mi.)
We first will ride the south extension of the Petit Train du Nord path to Blainville and back. We will then shuttle to Lac-des-Îles.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – Lac-des-Îles to Mont Laurier 44/83 km (28/51 mi.)
From Lac-des-Îles we will do some rural road riding riding before our first kilometers on the Petit Train du Nord. We will have time to explore around Mont-Laurier.
Thursday, August 27, 2020 – Mont Laurier to Nominique 55/83 km (34/52 mi.)
Our first full day on the Petit Train du Nord. Most on the day will be on the paved pathway.
Friday, August 28, 2020 – Nominique to Labelle 40/82 km (25/51 mi.)
In addition to our planned ride on the Petit Train du Nord pathway, we will have an additional offered road ride.
Saturday, August 29, 2020 – Day Ride at Labelle 70/78 km (43/48 mi.)
Labelle is a great base for us to stay an extra night. We will do some exploring in the area.
Sunday, August 30, 2020 – Labelle to Sainte-Agathe 64 km (40 mi.)
The trail now alternates between paved and smooth stonedust surface.
Monday, August 31, 2020 – Sainte-Agathe to Saint-Jérôme 61 km (38 mi.)
Our final day is mostly all downhill, the main reason people usually go from north to south on this great cycle route.
What We Provide:
–Comprehensive ride guide; all about what you will experience on route, history, culture, trivia –camping facilities –luggage transfer; we will carry your gear, just bike and enjoy the ride! –bike mechanic assistance –sag wagon service, support vehicle available for breakdowns or drives to shorten your day –daily route maps –tour escort; Gary Conrod will be along the route, he has 184,000 kilometres cycling experience, including thousands of kilometers of riding in Quebec; –transportation from our tour start point at Saint-Jérôme to Lac-des-Îles.
About Our Tours:
Our tours are different! We run friendly and fun bicycle-camping trips. There are not many groups left like us out there doing this. Running inexpensive tours by camping and not doing inns is now a rarity. We have done it this way since way back in 1987. It gets a little bit harder each year to crawl in and out of tents - we are not getting any younger, but we would still rather be doing it our way - under the stars.
Our events usually have between 18 and 35 people, the majority older adults. Since our camping groups are a bit larger compared to inn to inn tours, there are far greater chances of finding others with the same interests. During a week to 10 day tour everyone gets to know pretty well everyone else. Rather than a tour with just a handful of people, possibly none you have things in common with, our size allows a wide range of personalities, interests, and similar riding speeds. We feel our trips are just the right size for fitting in. Lots of friendships are made on our tours.
We run our tours in prime natural settings in Eastern and Atlantic Canada. Our tours are a bit harder to get to - they will need more planning. Running events in remoter regions with limited options raises costs a bit more than if we did them in busier places. We feel getting away from the heat, humidity, cities, stress, tension, and traffic makes the experiences we offer completely worth it. Our return rate is among the highest of any cycling organization - as high as 90% on some tours, so overall people seem to love what we are doing and value their experiences.
Our trip will be a tent camping adventure, but for some who say their camping days are behind them can join in on our journeys. A limited number of Bed and Breakfasts and motels are along our route. Upon request, a listing of motels and Bed and Breakfasts will be sent with confirmation. Due to the small places we go to, early reservations are strongly recommended.
Each cyclist can have their own choice of dining. Some prepare meals at our campsites. Participants buy food daily at designated spots and we transport it to the end point. We have a large amount of cooking stoves, equipment, and cutlery – no need to bring any of that gear to our tour. Others prefer to enjoy as many restaurants as the route allows. We will provide a list each day of what you will find along our route.
Each morning you will bring your baggage to our truck. You are then free to ride at your own pace. Your bags will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the next campground or indoor selection.
During the ride, our support vehicle will be at your service if you need a lift or other assistance. Maps and information materials will help guide you along the way.
Preparation and Equipment:
We will carry whatever you feel you need to enjoy the tour. You must supply your own bicycle, tent and sleeping bag.
Join Us On Our Tour!
$1140 CAD (Canadian Dollars)
Returning Participants Appreciation:
We are proud of having among highest the return rates of all bicycle touring organizations. In appreciation, returning riders are offered $100 off.
We reached our year 30 milestone in 2020! Three decades and thousands of participants since our first multi-day cycling adventure. The covid crises prevented our celebration so we are extending our $30 thank you bonus to 2021 for all past participants over the years. Thanks for all the great times and memories!
(Currently there is still one event hopefully on for 2020, the Laurentians – Petit Train du Nord Bicycle Tour. It applies to this tour if we are allowed to proceed.)
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To secure a spot on one of our trips a $300 deposit is required. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the day of departure. If we do not receive your final balance on time, we will consider your reservation cancelled. We will attempt to remind you as the date nears.
Cancellations and Change to Later Trip Charges:
We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or defer your bike tour. A fair amount of work and arrangements are involved with each registration ACC receives and the cancellation timeline outlined below is strictly adhered to. Exceptions will not be made for any reason. This includes weather or personal emergencies. We highly suggest that you purchase travel insurance. There are many companies that offer inexpensive trip insurance, and we recommend you look into it.
Your cancellation fee will be determined based on the day the written notice is received. There is no refund if you arrive late or must leave a tour early.
Change to later Trip Option - Registrations may be forwarded to a future event within 3 years with the timeline outlined below. Moving your tour ahead is a better deal than the costs of cancelling outright.
|Over 60 Days ||refund minus $200
|31-60 Days||refund minus $400
|16-30 Days||50% of trip price
|15 Days or less||no refund
|Change to Later Trip Fee||
|Over 60 Days ||$100 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
|31-60 Days||$200 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
|16-30 Days||$300 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
|15 Days or less||$400 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
Since there are no exceptions to the cancellation policy outlined above, unfortunately including personal emergencies, we highly recommend that each participant have cancellation and travel insurance. This type of insurance covers illness, accident, loss of luggage, or other unforeseen occurrences. In addition, we also recommend travelers health insurance to supplement your own medical insurance. Atlantic Canada Cycling does not provide travel insurance or health/accident insurance. This is strictly the participant’s responsibility.
Cancellation of Event:
Atlantic Canada Cycling has never had a cancelled event in its twenty-seven years. We do, however, reserve the right to cancel any scheduled tour. In this event you will receive a full refund of any money paid (for tour operation only). In this event ACC is not responsible for expenses incurred by individuals in preparation for the trip such as non-refundable airline tickets, medical expenses, equipment etc.
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