5 Day Grand Tour

Bike
Cyclotourism
Self-guided
5 days
4 nights

5 Day Grand Tour

This package will take you on a complete, yet easy-going tour of the Lac Saint-Jean. Covering an average of 50 km per day will leave you with plenty of time to enjoy the area’s many attractions. Ideal for beginner cyclists and those who wish to take their time and make the most of everything the region has to offer.  

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Itinerary

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Distance:
261 Km
Difficulty:
Beginner
Accommodation:
Tourist residence, hotel and inn
Starting at $ 579.00 plus taxes in double occupancy

Day  1:  Alma / Sainte-Monique 55 km  

On your first day, you start off towards Sainte-Monique where you will stay in a charming 3-star inn. On your way there, you’ll find Alma’s history museum  L’Odyssée  des  Bâtisseurs  and the must-see Pointe-Taillon National Park where you can enjoy beautiful beaches and go for a swim in the vast Lac Saint-Jean. 

Day  2:  Sainte-Monique / Dolbeau-Mistassini 47 km  

For your second day, you’re on your way to blueberry country! While biking from Sainte-Monique to Dolbeau-Mistassini, you’ll ride along many blueberry fields, as well as the Louis-Hémon Museum and the historical site of the  Vieux Moulin   (Old Mill). Upon reaching your destination, you will stay in a 3-star motel. But before calling it a night, make sure you treat your taste buds to the  Pères   Trappistes   delicious chocolates made at Mistassini’s monastery and enjoy a local beer at the microbrewery  Le Coureur des Bois.   

Day  3:  Dolbeau-Mistassini / Saint-Félicien 57 km  

Pedal your way towards Saint-Félicien during your third day and spend the whole day at the renowned  Zoo  Sauvage  de Saint-Félicien  (Saint-Félicien Wildlife Zoo). Don’t forget to check what’s on tap at the microbrewery  La Chouape before calling it a day at your 4-star hotel. 

Day  4 : Saint-Félicien /  Chambord   50  km  

Start your fourth day with cheese! Enjoy a tasting and learn how to make it at the cheese dairy  Fromagerie Perron  located   in the heart of Saint-Prime. Then, travel in time for an afternoon and experience life in the 1920s at Val-Jalbert’s authentic historical village. At the end of the day, you’ll spend the night in a 3-star accommodation in the village of Chambord.    

Day  5 : Chambord / Alma 50 km  

Begin your day biking along the beaches of Métabetchouan. Then, make thirst-quenching and tasty pit stops in Saint-Gédéon at the microbrewery  Micro brasserie  du Lac  Saint-Jean  and at the cheese dairy  Fromagerie  Médard . Finally, it’s back to Alma as you attack the last stretch and complete your tour of the lake.

Accommodations

All our packages are customizable. Please communicate your needs with one of our employees when making your reservation.

Inclusions

This package includes 

  • Pre-departure information session; 
  • Equinox’s support in case any problems arise; 
  • Personalised luggage transport;  
  • Overnight accommodations and breakfasts; 
  • Bike touring bags to carry your daily necessities.  

 Not included 

  • Bicycles (rentals available); 
  • Tourist visits, lunches and suppers (we give you all the information to find the best places); 
  • Transport between your point of departure and Alma (possibility to travel by train or bus).  

Pricing

Starting at 561$ plus taxes per person in double occupancy.

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Most frequently asked questions

s What is a personalized departure?

A personalized departure is custom-made solution based on your needs. You therefore choose the departure date that suits you best. You will have a private preparation meeting according to your itinerary. Only your group will be present during this meeting.

This is the only type of departure available at Equinox Aventure. We do not have a fixed date departure. We do not offer the option to create groups with people traveling alone, the responsibility of forming a group rests on the customer before booking with us.

s What happens in case of bad weather?

In case of bad weather, our activities still hold. Therefore, we recommend that you bring appropriate clothing for any type of weather.

s Would there be restaurants on the road?

Most towns and villages around Lac Saint-Jean have at least one restaurant, a small market or a convenience store. However, some sections of the Blueberry Tril can be more isolated. Also, some restaurants may have unusual opening hours. When this is the case, we provide you with all the necessary information before you it the road.

You can also view an interactive map here.une carte interactive ici.

s When should I tell your team about what equipment I will need?

To be sure that you will have access to the equipment you need (panniers, repair kit, etc.) on the day of your departure, we recommend that you let us know as soon as possible or during your reservation in order to be able to reserve these items for your trip.

s Is there signal everywhere around Lac-Saint-Jean?

Yes, there is signal everywhere around Lac-Saint-Jean.

s Are there toilets on the road?

Most of the municipalities around Lac-Saint-Jean have rest stops and sanitary blocks accessible for cyclists. You can therefore easily have access to these services near the Blueberry Trail throughout your trip.

Here is the list of the rest stops.

s What is the type of road, the drop, and the level of difficulty of the Blueberry Trail?

The Blueberry Trail is 100% asphalted, with the exception of the 15km of Pointe-Taillon National Park. The whole route is qualified as easy to intermediate. There are only three short inclines of 9% or more.

Distribution according to the Véloroute des Bleuets:

  • Cycle paths (105 km) - 43%
  • Cycle lanes (8 km) - 3%
  • Paved shoulders (82 km) - 34%
  • Designated roadway (48 km) - 20%
s What do the terms Recreational, Cyclo-touring and Cyclosportive mean in the description of the bike packages?

It is a method of classifying tours, inspired by that used by the Véloroute du Fjord du Saguenay.

  • Recreational itineraries have short distances, little difference in elevation and are suitable for family outings.
  • The classified cyclo-tourism circuit are designed to cover longer distances while remaining accessible to all. They allow time to visit tourist attractions and appreciate the landscapes of the region.
  • The Cyclosportive itinerary, on the other hand, are more difficult and will suit experienced cyclists who want a journey with long distances and more elevations.
s In what does the support offered by Equinox Aventure consist of?

Our support ensures that you can escape with peace of mind. If there are any problems, you can contact us and we will find a solution for you. We can, for example, offer a bicycle replacement in the event of mechanical breakdown or transport in the event of an injury on the road.

We also provide you with the necessary tools so that you can remain independent in the event of a minor breakage such as a flat tire.

s Is the rack included with the panniers?

Racks are not included with the rental of panniers. You must therefore have a rack on your own bike.


As an alternative, we have some small panniers that can be installed on the handlebars. We also have a few racks that can be rented, however these are not compatible with all types of bikes, depending on your bike frame structure.