The Challenge 🔴

6 days
5 nights

The Challenge [Cyclosportive🔴]

This package is ideal for those seeking a challenging cycling experience while exploring the entire Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region.

This package allows you to cycle all around the inland sea that is Lake Saint-Jean while discovering its picturesque villages. We increase the elevation gain by continuing the route towards the Saguenay, with its mountainous landscapes, offering a view of its majestic fjord and finally the Ha! Ha! Bay.

You will end this beautiful challenge with a well-deserved free day to rest in Tadoussac.

At the end of the package, a shuttle will pick you up from your accommodation in Tadoussac for the return to Alma.

Operating Period: June 22nd to September 2nd

Minimum of 2 participants

  • Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
  • Distance: 415 km
  • Difficulty level: Advanced
  • Accommodation: All types, customizable according to needs.

    • Classic Option: $1715 per person in double occupancy (plus taxes)

    • Val-Jalbert Option: $1875 per person in double occupancy (plus taxes) (including breakfast, a gourmet 4-course table d'hôte dinner, as well as access to the site)

    Itinerary 🗺️

    Day 1: Alma to Dolbeau-Mistassini (100 km)

    You will start your bike trip by leaving Alma. Heading towards Dolbeau, you will pass through the Pointe-Taillon National Park. Once you arrive at your destination, you can taste local flavors such as chocolate-covered blueberries or enjoy a good regional beer at the microbrewery Le Coureur des Bois before heading to your accommodation.

    Day 2: Dolbeau-Mistassini to Roberval (90 km)

    Pedal towards Roberval for your second day. Stop for a short break at a local cheese factory. Then, visit the Mashteuiatsh ilnu museum before ending the day by admiring the lake view from the Roberval marina. Enjoy the sunset before heading 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 stood still in the 1920s. You will also have the option to spend the night there.

     Day 3: Roberval to Hébertville (55 km)

    Leave Roberval or Val-Jalbert to head towards Hébertville. Make a stop at the Parc du Trou de la Fée in Desbiens or enjoy the beaches and various harvests in the municipality of Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix before starting your journey towards Hébertville. You will encounter some elevation changes and a bit of a challenge. Rest at your accommodation, a peaceful converted presbytery where history and delicious food await you.

    Day 4: Hébertville to La Baie (85 km)

    You will leave the shores of Lake Saint-Jean to head towards Saguenay. You will cross the Kénogami horst, a natural barrier with irregular relief, so expect some elevation changes. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Petite Maison Blanche in Chicoutimi. Then, head to La Baie to reach your accommodation. Take advantage of the Pavillon des Croisières to admire the vastness of Baie des Ha! Ha! And why not have dinner at Cantine Boivin?

    Day 5:  La Baie - Sainte-Rose-du-Nord - Tadoussac (85 km)

    All aboard the Marjoliane, a maritime shuttle of the Saguenay Fjord. Take a deep breath of fresh air and sail across the vastness to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, enjoying the magnificent view of the Saguenay Fjord. Then, pedal to Tadoussac along the Sainte-Marguerite River. This final day of the journey is mountainous and offers breathtaking panoramas. It's the end of the challenge. You can rest in Tadoussac.

    Day 6:  Leisure day in Tadoussac

    It's the day where you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Tadoussac, observe whales, and why not go on a zodiac or kayak excursion. Also, take the opportunity to visit small shops and local attractions, such as the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre, for example.

    Day 7:  Morning in Tadoussac and return by shuttle

    Take the time to have breakfast and visit until 11 a.m. A shuttle will pick you up at your accommodation to take you back to Alma.

    This package includes:

    • 6 nights in accommodation (We take care of booking accommodations)
    • Breakfasts
    • Luggage transport service
    • The maritime shuttle from La Baie to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord.
    • The return shuttle from Tadoussac to Alma.
    • Cycling gear if needed: helmets, locks, saddlebags, handlebar bags, and repair kits (including Allen keys, tire levers, hand pump, and inner tubes)
    • Assistance from our team
    • Free parking
    • Pre-departure meeting (including all necessary documents)

      This package does not include:

      • Bicycles (available for rent in our store at a preferential rate for package customers).
      • Sightseeing tours.
      • Lunches and dinners (We provide a list of recommended restaurants and information to help you find what you need).

        *Please note that we do not sell travel insurance. Check what your existing insurance policies offer regarding travel insurance.

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