The Half-tour

Bike
Self-guided
3 days
2 nights

The Half-Tour [Recreational]

With this package, cyclists can ride the 105-km southern part of the Blueberry Trail from Alma to Saint-Félicien. This is, without a doubt, the route’s most beautiful portion. A 35 km per day ride will give you the time to see regional attractions such as the historical village of Val-Jalbert and the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien (Saint-Félicien Wildlife Zoo). Ideal for beginner cyclists and families. 

  • Duration : 3 days, 2 nights
  • Distance : 105 Km
  • Difficulty Level : Beginner
  • Accommodations : B&Bs, Inns or hotels
  • Format : Self-guided
  • Starting from 339$ plus taxes per person in double occupancy

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Alma / Metabetchouan 36 km

Start off your trip by riding towards the charming little town of Saint-Gédéon. There, you’ll want to explore the lake on a sea kayak or a stand-up paddle board as well as visit the cheese dairy and the local microbrewery. Next, you’re off to Métabetchouan where you’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach and stay in charming B&B. 


Day 2 : Métabetchouan / Roberval 35 km

On your second day, you’re on your way to Roberval! Enjoy breathtaking views and an adrenaline rush in Desbiens by visiting H20 Rafting or the cavern park Trou de la Fée. Then, travel in time for the afternoon and experience life in the 1920s at Val-Jalbert’s historical village. Don’t worry if you’re exhausted at the end of the day—you can rest at your 3-star accommodation in Roberval.  

 

Day 3 : Roberval / St-Félicien 35 km

For your last day, discover Mashteuiatsh’s Ilnu culture and finish the journey at the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien (Saint-Félicien Wildlife Zoo). A shuttle will be waiting for you to bring you back to 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;
  • Pannierss 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.