Family-Friendly Lac-Saint-Jean Tour

Bike
Cyclotourism
Self-guided
7 days
6 nights

Le lac Saint-Jean en famille [Familial]

Discover the great Lac St-Jean at your own pace on the Blueberrie Trail. By going roughly 35 km per day, you’ll have plenty of time to take breaks along the way and enjoy everything the region has to offer. 

  • Duration : 7 days, 6 night
  • Distance : 230 Km
  • Difficulty : Beginners
  • Starting at 2189$ plus taxes for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (11 years old or less) in a room of 4 people, 2 beds.

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Shuttle Alma / Saint-Henri-de-Taillon
Start biking from Saint-Henri-de-Taillon / Péribonka 41 km

On your first day, we take you by shuttle from Alma to Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, where your journey will begin by biking across Pointe-Taillon National Park. Remember to stop along the way to enjoy Lac St-Jean’s gorgeous beaches and warm water by going for a dip. At the end of this scenic day, you’ll head towards Péribonka where you’ll stay in a charming 3-star inn. 

*It’s possible to take the Pointe-Taillon National Park’s ferry to shorten the distance. 


Day 2 : Péribonka / Dolbeau-Mistassini 33 km

On your second day, you’re on your way to blueberry country! While biking from Péribonka to Dolbeau-Mistassini, you’ll ride past 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 / Normandin 30 km

Once in Normandin, you’re in the perfect place to get your fill of local products and everything blueberries at the Economusée Bleuet Sauvage (wild blueberry museum and boutique). Also, make sure you stop by the Économusée de la taxidermie Bilodeau (Bilodeau’s taxidermy museum and boutique) before reaching your accommodation for the night.  


Day 4 : Normandin / Saint-Félicien 27 km

Pedal your way towards Saint-Félicien during your fourth leg and spend the whole day at the renowned Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien (Saint-Félicien Wildlife Zoo). After hanging out with animals from the Boreal Forest, you’ll stop for the night at your 3 or 4-star hotel.  


Day 5 : Saint-Félicien / Roberval 36 km

Start your fifth 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, learn about Ilnu culture by visiting Mashteuiatsh’s Native Museum. 


Day 6 : Roberval / Métabetchouan 30 km

On your sixth day, travel in time to experience life in the 1920s while spending the afternoon at Val-Jalbert’s historical village. Don’t worry about saving up on energy—you can rest later at your 3-star accommodation in Métabetchouan.  


Day 7 : Métabetchouan / Alma 33 km

On your last day, bike along Métabetchouan’s beautiful beaches. Stop for a snack at the cheese dairy Fromagerie Médard in Saint-Gédéon. Finally, it’s back to Alma as you attack the last stretch and complete your tour of the lake.  

Personalised Route: 
It is possible to add a day to your trip by completing the first part on bike and spending the night in Saint-Henri-de-Taillon (26 km ride).  

It is also possible to shorten the distance by spreading the journey over six days and skipping a night in Péribonka. If you choose to do so, the personalised shuttle service will make a stop at Péribonka. 

About this Package

This package includes 

  • Return transport; 
  • 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;  
  • Private bathroom. 

Not included 

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

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    s What is a personalized departure?
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    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?
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    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?
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    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 Is the rack included with the panniers?
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    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.

    s When should I tell your team about what equipment I will need?
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    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?
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    Yes, there is signal everywhere around Lac-Saint-Jean.

    s Are there toilets on the road?
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    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?
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    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?
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    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?
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    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.