Quebec Route Verte – Chaudiere Bicycle Tour

AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
Route Verte - Chaudiere Appalaches
TOUR OUTLINE

New cycling route

New for 2017! – Cycling Tour of Quebec’s Route Verte and Beautiful Chaudiere-Appalaches region

This will be Atlantic Canada Cycling’s most anticipated event for the upcoming year.  We have a great new cycling tour to share with you.  

Quebec’s Chaudière-Appalaches – it is an area you may not be familiar with.  With its growing network of cycling paths this region is becoming popular for bicycle touring among Quebecois.  Like the Eastern Townships and Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean areas before it, this area is increasingly becoming known as a cycling destination beyond the province.

Chaudière-Appalaches lies between Quebec City and the state of Maine.  This is a region that features many cycling paths – part of Quebec’s Route Verte network.  Join us as we connect up these cycling trails – the Parcours des Anses,  Parc Lineare Lotbiniere, Piste Bicyclable de Thetford Mines, Veloroute de la Chaudiere, Bellechasse, Harlaka, and some other shorter ones in between.  These paths allow us to be free from the stress of automobiles.  They are  amazingly well-constructed facilities, and are almost entirely paved.  They include rest areas, as well as access to the villages along the way.

These are very scenic routes. In fact, one has been selected the best in all of Quebec Les 10 plus belles pistes cyclables du Québec.  Millions of dollars have been invested in the cycling paths of this region.  Just as the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region has become a major cycling destination as a result of its cycling network, the Chaudiere-Appalaches is now growing in popularity as well.

Becoming a destination among cycling enthusiasts over all of Quebec, we are looking forward to discovering this great region.  This tour will be more than exploring the paths.  We believe in having a mix of both trails and roads.  We will be connecting the path networks with some road biking – across the Quebec countryside, through its attractive villages, and through some forests.

This tour is set to go and now taking registrations. Many ACC regulars are coming back for the first edition of this new event.  Because it is our first run, we will be cautious regarding facilities, and we may therefore need to limit numbers.

ITINERARY
New cycling tourThis is a brand new tour introducing a new cycling paradise to people beyond the Quebec City region.  With millions of dollars worth of cycling infrastructure and great scenery, this area is growing as a major new cycling destination.
Monday, August 28 – Quebec City to Sainte-Agathe
Tuesday, August 29 – Day Ride of Thetford Mines Cycling Paths
Wednesday , August 30 – Sainte-Agathe to Saint-Joseph
Thursday, August 31 – Day Ride of La Chaudiere Cycling Paths
Friday, September 1 – Saint-Joseph to Saint-Malachie
Saturday, September 2 – Day Ride of the  La Bellechasse Cycling Path
Sunday, September 3 – Saint-Malachie to Quebec City

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Monday, August 28 – Quebec City to Sainte-Agathe  69 km (43 mi.)
We begin just across the Saint Lawrence River from romantic Quebec City.  The city of Levis is the furthest point north in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region.   A full $8.6 million has been dedicated toward cycling infrastructure on the Levis side.  We begin with a network of trails through parkland taking us by Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, a huge waterfall.  We will connect to the Lotbinière – also known as the Trans-Canada Trail (Sentier Transcanadien).  We will take it westward for several hours before cycling cross country to one of the nicest campgrounds we have seen.

Tuesday, August 29 – Day Ride of Thetford Mines Cycling Paths  67 km (42 mi.)
While we only cycle 67 km, today is not an easy day; we face the most climbing elevation of our tour.  We will begin cycling through a historic area settled by Scottish and British families in the 19th century. Much of the original architecture remains.

The “Bicyclable Thetford Mines” trail winds its way through a rambling collection of old melancholy mining towns.  The mines are now closed, massive rounded hills of tailings, some a century old,  seem to have been dropped onto the landscape from above.  Some are bright silver in appearance.  Giant pits going deep into the earth are scattered about, with the miners’ housing still sitting precariously at the edges.  Stark, desolate, at times a bit eerie, this is certainly a different venue for a cycling path system.

We will leave the trail to take a short tour around the original mining area.  Here the original general store built by Irish immigrants may be open to visitors.  We will pass by the old miners lodges, the streetscape chosen for the quintessential French-Canadian movie Mon Oncle Antoine.

St-Alphonse Church, with its Romanesque Revival style, sits in the downtown area of Thetford Mines. It is considered an architectural masterpiece.

We end our visit to Thetford Mines will a stop at Fromagerie La Bourgade – not only is it a fromagerie but a wonderful restaurant!

Wednesday, August 30 – Sainte-Agathe to Saint-Joseph 69 km (43 mi.)
To reach the Chaudiere Valley, we must do some elevation.   Before descending into the valley, we do some road cycling through beautiful fields of grain, maize, potatoes and hay.   For those who usually like to do more distance, today’s 69 kilometers should suffice.  If not, there is a huge hill you can optionally do while exploring Saint-Joseph.

This will be our tour’s pot-luck supper night.

Thursday, August 31 – Day Ride of La Chaudiere Cycling Paths  76 km (47 mi.)
We will do the Véloroute de la Chaudière today, heading south to the city of Saint-Georges.  It is the heart of the Chaudiere-Appalaches region (this part also known as the Beauce).  There are a few sections of the city worth exploring.  The city also has its own cycling path system, the Parc des Sept-Chutes, which we will explore before heading back to Saint-Joseph.
 
Friday, September 1 – Saint-Joseph to Saint-Malachie  81 or 63 km (51 or 39 mi.)
We have two options for today.  The first is a full 81 km day. ACC founder Gary will lead the group to a restaurant he likes way up in the hills out of the Chaudiere Valley.  A shorter ride with almost half the elevation climb will take the valley as far as it goes before crossing to the Bellechasse region.

Saint-Malachie is the crossroads of the newly popular cycling area of Bellechasse. We expect to meet  many other cyclists at the small town’s bistro.

 
Saturday, September 2 – Day Ride of the  La Bellechasse Cycling Path  79 km (49 mi.)
We will stay in Saint-Malachie and make a day riding a newer cycling path system – La Bellechasse.  It is a very long path linking Armagh with Saint-Henri-de-Lévis.  A $4 million project for cyclists, it features artwork and 35 panels allowing cyclists to discover more about the former use of this circuit. Railway stations, railway accidents, and even employees of railway companies are in the spotlight on the interpretation tables.  

This is an incredibly well done project.  This has become a destination for cycling, spreading in popularity as has the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean  region before it.  Riders can do the full 79 kilometre distance, or just can take it easy and go as far as they wish.

 
Sunday, September 3 – Saint-Malachie to Quebec City 66 km (41 mi.)
We return to Quebec City riding on the the Bellechasse pathway.  Near Levis it connects the Harlaka Trail and then later the Parcours des Anses to return us to Quebec City.  The Parcours des Anses, edging along the Saint Lawrence and with the Chateau Frontenac across the river as a backdrop, is considered one of the most beautiful cycling paths in North America.  It will lead us to our end point, and farewells.
TOUR DETAILS
 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 175,000 kilometres cycling experience including thousands of kilometers of riding in Quebec.

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.

Accommodation:
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.

Meals:
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.

Baggage System:
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.

Tour Support:
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!
Entry Fee:
$882 CAD (Canadian Dollars)

Returning Participants Appreciation:
We are proud of having among highest the return rates of all bicycle touring organizations. In appreciation, we wish to offer returning riders $100 off before March 31, 2017 and $50 off after.

Entry Options:
*Credit Card - (Visa and MasterCard) - We put cards through by phone to avoid sensitive information passing through our web site.  Please call us at 888-800-2498; or 902-423-2453.  Please also for security reasons, do not send credit card numbers by email or text.  American and foreign participants have the Canadian amount converted to their currency at the current exchange rate.

*PayPal - we can send you an email with a link that goes to our PayPal page. American and foreign participants have the Canadian amount converted to their currency at the current exchange rate.

*Personal Cheque or Money Order - Postal mail:  PO Box 1555 Stn CRO Halifax NS B3J 2Y3 Canada. Note that the bank rate is different than the "paper" rate.  Use this link on the day you send payment   Exchange Rates  Use the column (Client Sells - Receives Canadian). If the math gets complicated contact us and we will help sort it out.   Note that the postage rate to Canada is higher than U.S. domestic rate, ask what it currently is, mail can be turned back.

*Interac - send payment link to [email protected]

*Wire Transfer - please contact us and we will check if this can set up without unreasonable charge from your area.

Youth and Child Rates:
We have rates for youth and children, please contact us for details.

Taxes:
All taxes are included.

Deposits – Getting on Board:
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.

Cancellation Fee
Over 60 Daysrefund minus $200
31-60 Daysrefund minus $400
16-30 Days50% of trip price
15 Days or lessno 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

 

Travel Insurance:
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.

ACC Registration Form:
Our Participant Form is below. It should open in a new page in your browser. If not, try to right click and “save target as”, "file as" or "linked content as", depending on your browser to download. The form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is on most computers but if not you can download from Adobe. If you have problems, please contact us, we can email or fax a form to you. [email protected] Call us at 888-800-2498

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