The Challenge

Bike
Cyclosportive
Self-guided
6 days
5 nights

[Fast-paced] The Challenge

Ride all around this landlocked sea that is the Lac St-Jean and discover picturesque villages along the way. You can increase the difficulty level by continuing your route towards the more mountainous landscape of Saguenay to enjoy scenic views of the majestic fjord. You’ll reach the end of your journey in Tadoussac, at the confluence of the Saguenay and Saint-Lawrence rivers. This package is ideal for those who wish to ride at a faster pace while exploring the entire region of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. 

At the end of your journey, we’ll pick you up in Tadoussac to bring you back to Alma by shuttle.

  • Duration : 6 days, 5 nights
  • Distance : 415 Km
  • Difficulty level : Difficult
  • Minimum : group of 4 people
  • Starting from 1020$ plus taxes per person in double occupancy based on a group of 4 people.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Alma / Dolbeau-Mistassini 100 km 

For your first day, you’ll be heading towards Dolbeau-Mistassini. On your way, you’ll bike through the magnificent Pointe-Taillon National Park where you can enjoy the gorgeous beaches of the Lac St-Jean and take a quick dip in its warm fresh waters. Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll be staying in a 3-star motel. Before you call it a day, be sure to treat your taste buds to the Pères Trappistes’ delicious chocolates and sip on a cold one at the local microbrewery Le Coureur des Bois. 

 
Day 2: Dolbeau-Mistassini / Roberval 90 km 

Pedal away towards Roberval on your second day. Stop by the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien (Saint-Félicien Wildlife Zoo) for a quick visit, or instead, discover the cheese dairy Fromagerie Perron in Saint-Prime and the Native Museum in Mashteuiatsh. At the end of the day, you’ll stay at a charming 3-star inn. 

 
Day 3: Roberval / Hébertville 55 km 

On your third day, travel in time and experience life in the 1920s while visiting Val-Jalbert’s historical village. You can kick back and relax on the gorgeous beaches of Métabetchouan before reaching your 3-star inn in Hébertville. 

 
Day 4: Hébertville / La Baie 85 km 

On your fourth day, you’ll leave the shores of Lac St-Jean behind and head towards Saguenay. You’ll bike across Le Horst de Kénogami, a bike path that follows a rugged natural barrier leading to La Baie. On your way, stop by the world-famous little white house in Chicoutimi as well as the cheese dairy Boivin before reaching your 3-star accommodation for the night.  

 
Jour 5: Shuttle boat from La Baie to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord; continue by bike 85 km from Sainte-Rose-du-Nord to Tadoussac.  

Take the shuttle boat to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord and enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Saguenay Fjord. Then, ride to Tadoussac along the Sainte-Marguerite River. This last day of your journey will take you through mountains, offering you breathtaking panoramas. At the end of the road, a charming 3-star bed & breakfast awaits you.  

 
Day 6: Free morning in Tadoussac and return shuttle to Alma 

This package ends with a free morning in Tadoussac. Why not use this leisure time to enjoy a whale-watching cruise before hopping on the shuttle back to Alma.  

Accommodations

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

About this Package

This package includes 

  • Pre-departure information session; 
  • Equinox’s support in case any problems arise; 
  • Personalised luggage transport; 
  • Shuttle boat across the Fjord (from July 1 to September 2);  
  • 5 nights’ accommodations; 
  • Breakfasts; 
  • Semi-private or private bathroom; 
  • Return transport from Tadoussac to Alma 

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).  

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    F.A.Q

    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.