Le Quebec Maritime
Credit: Le Quebec Maritime

Are you looking for an amazing cycle tour this summer? Head east, to stunning Quebec Maritime, and try one (or all!) of these:

Parc linéaire interprovincial Le Petit Témis

Families will love Parc linéaire interprovincial Le Petit Témis. Built on an old railway, this meandering trail leads from Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, to Edmundston, New Brunswick, along 134 km of packed gravel. Both hikers and bikers enjoy this path; toilets, picnic tables and primitive campsites speckle the route. Ride the whole path, or tackle a short leg. Stops of note include Notre-Dam-du-Lac Beach on Lac-Témiscouata, New Brunswick Botanical gardens and the Trestle Bridge. (petit-temis.com)

Témiscouata Region

Between Kamouraska and Sainte-Luce—via the Témiscouata Region—the Bas-Saint-Laurent is a rich blend of coastal, rural and forest scenery. Try the Navigators’ Route (193 km), along the St. Lawrence River, or the Border Route (109 km), paralleling the border between Quebec and Maine and New Brunswick. Or, pedal a section of the legendary Gaspésie Tour, which leads from lighthouse to lighthouse, from one national park to another, winding between sea and mountains for a day, a week, or more; local Gaspesian culture and sumptuous cuisine complements each day’s ride. (quebecmaritime.ca)

Îles de la Madeleine

Discover Îles de la Madeleine. Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this green archipelago, surrounded by white-sand beaches and red cliffs, exerts a magnetic attraction on visitors. Cycling circuits weave through the islands—try the 58-km route on the Eastern Islands (Pointe aux Loups, Grosse Île and Grande Entrée). This paved route follows the shoreline so closely you’ll feel the ocean spray on your face as you ride. (tourismeilesdelamadeleine.com)

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