The Gateway in Saguenay

Bike
Self-guided
3 days
2 nights

The Gateway [Recreational]

This package offers cyclists the opportunity to travel the new section of the Route Verte linking Lac-Saint-Jean to Saguenay, called Le Horst de Kénogami. Then you will travel through the City of Saguenay network in the direction of La Baie.

  • Duration : 3 days, 2 nights
  • Distance : 130 Km
  • Difficulty Level : Intermediate
  • Accommodations : B&Bs or Inns 
  • Format : Self-guided
  • Starting from 339$ plus taxes per person in double occupancy

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Alma / Hebertville 45 km

Start your package in the direction of St-Gédéon; a small charming village where sea kayaking, rowing boards, cheese dairy and microbrewery are the activities not to be missed! Then pedal towards Métabetchouan where you can admire the beaches of Lac St-Jean before going to your 3-star Auberge located in Hébertville.

Day 2 : Hebertville / Jonquiere 45 km

You will cross the Kénogami horst, a natural barrier with more irregular relief, where you will spin in the direction of Jonquière. On site, you will find the Rivière-aux-Sables public market, the historic Sir-William Price center, as well as the L’HopEra and Voie Maltée microbreweries. You will be accommodated in a welcoming three-star inn.

Day 3 : Jonquiere / La Baie  40 km

Last day, to start, stop at the famous little white house of Chicoutimi to then go to the Boivin cheese factory and end your stay in La Baie where you will find many artisans and restaurants with a breathtaking view of the Saguenay fjord. A shuttle will be waiting for you there for your return to your point of departure, Alma.

About this package

Including

  • Shuttle back to Alma on day 3; 
  • Pre-departure information session;
  • Equinox’s support in case any problems arise;
  • Personalised luggage transport; 
  • Overnight accommodations and breakfasts;
  • Panniers to carry your daily necessities.  

Not including

  • 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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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.