The Tour of Lake Saint-Jean

Bike
Recreational
Self-guided
7 days
6 nights

The Tour of Lake Saint-Jean [Recreational]

Discover Lac Saint-Jean on the Blueberry Route while fully enjoying your vacation. This package offers you to cover approximately 30 kilometers per day, allowing you to ride leisurely, stopping to smell the flowers and fully appreciate the tourist attractions and beaches of the region.

Operating Period: May 15th to August 15th

Possible Departures: Monday through Thursday.

  • Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
  • Distance: 230 km
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Accommodation: All types, customizable according to needs
  • Available from: $1189 per person in double occupancy (plus taxes)
  • Val-Jalbert Option: $1349 per person in double occupancy (plus taxes)

(Val-Jalbert Option: including breakfast, a gourmet 4-course table d'hôte dinner, as well as a visit to the site)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Shuttle transfer from Alma to Saint-Henri-de-Taillon - Cycling to Péribonka (42 - 58 km)

For your first day, this package includes a shuttle that will take you and your bikes from Alma to Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, where you will begin your stay by exploring Parc National de la Pointe Taillon. You'll have plenty of time to stop along the way and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Lac Saint-Jean by taking a dip. Then, you will head towards Péribonka where you will stay in a charming guesthouse.

Don't forget to pay your entrance fees to SÉPAQ if you plan to go through the park instead of taking the Véloroute des Bleuets or the 169.

It is possible, for an additional fee once on-site, to take a maritime shuttle at Pointe-Cheverette to get to Péribonka from Parc National de la Pointe-Taillon.

Day 2: Péribonka to Dolbeau-Mistassini (33 km)

Head towards Dolbeau-Mistassini! You will have the opportunity to admire numerous blueberry fields, visit the Louis-Hémon Museum, and explore the historic site of the Old Mill if you wish. Once you reach your destination, you will be accommodated in a motel. Don't miss the chance to taste the delicious blueberries coated in chocolate, a local tradition, and savor a good regional beer at the Le Coureur des Bois microbrewery.

Day 3: Dolbeau-Mistassini to Normandin (35 km)

The north of the lake is the perfect place to stock up on typical regional products at Délices du Lac-Saint-Jean or even try self-picking! Afterward, you can head to your bucolic accommodation for the night. Even though you're a bit far from the city, don't worry, your hosts offer a free shuttle to town for your dinner.

Day 4: Normandin to Saint-Félicien (30 km)

Pedal towards Saint-Félicien, where the Véloroute des Bleuets will follow along the majestic lake Saint-Jean. You will have the opportunity to visit the renowned Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien if you wish. Don't miss the local flavors at the Bouchard Artisan Bio artisanal cheese factory and at the La Chouape microbrewery before heading to your hotel.

Day 5: Saint-Félicien to Roberval (28 - 38 km)

Cycle towards Roberval for your fifth day. Stop for a short break at a local cheese factory. Then, visit the Mashteuiatsh ilnu museum before enjoying the sunset and heading back to your accommodation for the night, or continue your journey towards Chambord to visit the  historic village of Val-Jalbert, where time seems to have frozen in the 1920s. You have the option to spend the night there.

Day 6: Roberval to Métabetchouan (25 - 35 km)

Leave Roberval or Val-Jalbert to head towards Métabetchouan. Make a stop at Parc du Trou de la Fée in Desbiens and enjoy the beaches and various harvests in the municipality of Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix. Rest at your accommodation, a peaceful heritage house where history awaits you.

Day 7: Métabetchouan to Alma (33 km)

Begin your last day by following the shores of Métabetchouan. The good news is that you will be descending, so take advantage of the gravity-assisted ride to relax and appreciate the landscapes, as well as the weather if it's mild. Make as many stops as necessary to savor the good moments and enjoy the beaches to refresh yourself. Make a tasting stop at the Lac-Saint-Jean microbrewery and at the Médard cheese-bakery in Saint-Gédéon. To complete the tour around the lake, return to your starting point: our agency in Alma.

About this Package

This package includes:

  • 4 nights of accommodation (We take care of booking the accommodation)
  • Breakfasts included
  • Equinox Adventure professional supervision
  • All bike equipment, including helmets, locks, panniers, handlebar pouches, and repair kits (containing tools such as allen keys, spoons, hand pump, and tubes)
  • Our luggage transportation service (Please note that you must drop off your luggage at the agency on the day of your departure.)
  • A pre-departure meeting (including all necessary documents)
  • Free short-term and long-term parking

This package does not include:

  • Transportation between your country or city and Alma. (Services not operated by Équinox Aventure are available, as well as a transportation service operated by Équinox Aventure, available with additional fees.)
  • Bicycles (available for rent in our store with a special rate for package customers)
  • Tourist visits, lunches, and dinners (We provide a list of recommended restaurants and information to help you find what you need)
  • The 0.10% contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (CFCTA), which is symbolic but not collected, as the total amount has reached the ceiling of 125 million dollars. The CFCTA ensures financial protection for clients in the event of a travel agency's failure.
  • Provincial and federal taxes
  • Travel insurance

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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 Will 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 Route can be more isolated. Additionally, some restaurants may have unusual opening hours. Whatever the case may be, we will provide you with a list of restaurants and necessary information before you set off on your journey.

      You can also view an interactive map here.

      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.