If you're looking for a peaceful ride on relatively flat terrain, our bike paths and green route offer ideal conditions for rides alone, with friends or family in enchanting settings.
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In the heart of the St. Lawrence farmlands, you’ll discover the rural landscapes of Nicolet-Yamaska that inspire calm and tranquility. Over the course of your ride, you’ll travel along the Nicolet River, winding through the countryside dotted with rolling hills. Near Nicolet, a town rich in history, culture, and nature, you’ll find a slightly more urban pace. In spring, take a detour to Baie-du-Febvre to see the migrating snow geese.
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Developed on a former railway track, the Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs is mainly marked Route verte no. 1 and TransCanada Great Trail. This 77-km cycling trail, is mostly rock dust and invites you to discover municipalities in the Arthabaska and l'Érable MRCs.
Starting from the Gare de Lyster, this route will take you to Inverness, the bronze centre of America. There is a unique museum located in the old courthouse, as well as several art foundries. The municipality of Inverness is distinguished by its hilly landscapes and the Bécancour River, which flows into the Lysander Falls. You will witness the richness of the heritage bequeathed by the Scots. In the plain, you will also discover the charm of the municipalities of Lyster and Laurierville.
On this route, you’ll discover stunningly beautiful landscapes. Your bicycle ride will take you, among other places, to the charming municipalities of Warwick and Kingsey Falls, multiple winners of the Villes, villages et campagnes fleuris contest. On Saint-Albert Road, stop at the covered bridge in Warwick. Built in 1908, the bridge crosses the Des Pins River. Along the way and nearby, you’ll find many gourmet stops.
From the Vélogare du Grand Tronc, take the Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs trail to rue de l'Ermitage. Turn right, then take the bike path that will lead you to the Réservoir Beaudet. This short ride around the lake will allow you to discover a natural site that is popular for family and outdoor activities. In the fall, you can admire the spectacular migration of snow geese and many other species of birds.
From Wickham to Saint-Pie-de-Guire by way of Drummondville and Saint-Majorique, the main 58-km stretch of the Circuit des traditions cycling trail is part of the Route verte no. 4. At times on cycling trails or lanes, or designated paved routes, the Circuit des traditions allows us to discover Drummondville's urban zone and leads us to the Forêt Drummond on the western bank of the St. Francis River. Stop in at the bike rest area in the Saint-Majorique's Parc du Sanctuaire where cyclists and hikers can enjoy a variety of services and enjoy a rest. Many cycling circuits in the Drummond MRC all connect to the main stretch of this cycling route.
The Route Verte no. 3 in the Bécancour sector follows Route 132 on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. This 30-km cycling section connects to Route verte no. 4 in the Saint-Angèle-de-Laval sector and crosses east to the Gentilly sector in the town of Bécancour. In constant development, the Route verte no. 3 will eventually join the municipalities of Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets and Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent, and continue east to join the Chaudière-Appalaches region.
In the Centre-du-Québec region, the Route verte no. 4 links the MRCs of Drummond, Nicolet-Yamaska, and Bécancour. Mainly on paved roads and occasionally on cycling trails or lanes, this route offers a number of surprises. Between the Forêt Drummond and the Laviolette Bridge, you'll discover magnificent rural landscapes and a few urban zones in Drummondville, Nicolet, and Bécancour.
Crossing through alternating woodlands, agricultural fields, villages, and urban settings, you will discover a variety of landscapes. Following the Saint-François River in the Saint-Majorique sector, you may see some white-tailed deer, very abundant in the area and rather tame. In Saint-Guillaume and Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, you’ll find local dairy products for sale, including cheese. In downtown Drummondville, the Parc Woodyatt offers numerous viewpoints and areas to relax, play, and enjoy activities.
Enjoy some beautiful views of St. Lawrence river, along the Route des Navigateurs (Navigator's Route) between Gentilly and Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets.
This route follows the Bécancour River for about 18 km. The small town of Notre-Dame-de-Lourde is home to the world leader in organic cranberries. Stop at the former train station in Lyster, which has retained its authentic look. In Plessisville, the Parc de la rivière Bourbon invites you to take a break.
Petite escapade à vélo entre Plessisville, surnommée la Capitale de l’Érable, et Princeville. Le parcours se fait en partie sur la piste cyclable du Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs et sur une route champêtre. Au cœur de la campagne, vous aurez une très belle vue sur les montagnes Appalaches.
This bike path, partly paved, connects the city of Kingsey Falls to the Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs.
This route will take you across the St Lawrence plain. The view of the river at Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent is incredible! During your itinerary, you’ll partly travel on the "Petit Deschaillons" cycling trail, a former railroad line.
Along the St. Lawrence and its lowlands, you’ll discover the vast region of Bécancour and its surrounding area. Following part of the Route Verte #3, this route winds along the Navigators’ Route (Route des Navigateurs—Route 132), from Bécancour to Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets and Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent. This route features spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River and great gourmet finds. On the way back, you’ll enjoy a gentle ride through farmlands.
Beautifully located, Drummondville is a vibrant city with many cultural, gourmet and sporting attractions. While pedaling, you will have the opportunity to ride along the Saint-François River and to venture downtown to find good restaurants and beautiful products! Take the time to stop at some of the city's parks. And, to enhance this beautiful stroll, take advantage of the pontoon crossing that will allow you to admire the river from another angle.
In Victoriaville, pedal around the beautiful Réservoir Beaudet and make a stop downtown for a gourmet snack in a creamery or simply to take advantage of the stores and attractions that are very accessible there. With a relatively flat elevation, but with a nice climb to admire the city and its sunset from the top of Mount Arthabaska, the city offers you to take the time to discover it, one kilometer at a time!