Useful tips for your next bike trip

Published on May 17 2022

The region is perfect for exploring on two wheels. With a vast bike trail network that covers a large part of the territory, from PetiteNation to the Pontiac, cycling enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to! Here are a few tips for your next bike trip in the Outaouais.


Vast region, infinite possibilities

All of the region’s territories, as well as the city of Gatineau, rated Canada’s most bike-friendly city in 2021, have bike paths well worth exploring! 

In Petite Nation, take a leisurely ride on the cycling trail from Plaisance to Thurso. In Gatineau, there are over 300 kilometres of recreational trails. In the Collines-de-l’Outaouais, tackle challenges for all levels in Gatineau Park. Admire the beautiful scenery along the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau’s Véloroute des Draveurs (“log drivers’ bike path”). Finally, the Cyclopark PPJ trail in the Pontiac will lead you across farm fields, marshes and plains.

Cycling routes to simplify your life

With so many trails to choose from, make your life easier by choosing one of our cycling routes. See at a glance the route’s difficulty, length and gradient to give you a better idea of the challenge that lies ahead! 

Our cycling map is an essential tool that lets you easily and visually locate the different routes, and provides an overall view of the region and its cycling network.

Accommodations with the Bienvenue cyclistes! certification


And to make your bike trip a success, the Outaouais has several accommodations that proudly display the Bienvenue cyclistes! (“Welcome, cyclists!”) certification. After riding for several hours or a full day, you’ll appreciate places that offer cyclists a few little extras. 

To earn the certification, tourist accommodations must meet certain criteria. They must have an air pump and tools so that cyclists can make minor repairs, and they must be able to provide information on cycling networks and services in the area. Finally, they must provide an enclosed, lockable storage area where guests can store their bikes safely, or they must allow bicycles in the rooms. 

For campgrounds, the first two criteria for certification are the same as for tourist accommodations. They must also offer a sheltered spot where cyclists can eat in bad weather, and have campsites available at all times and without advance reservation for campers travelling exclusively by bicycle.

Here are a few accommodations in the Outaouais region that are Bienvenue cyclistes!-certified:

Fairmont Le Château Montebello

Where

392 Notre-Dame Street, Montebello

Good to know

During your bike trip, stop in at the world’s largest log castle.

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Gîte Gil-Ann

Where

165 Principale Street, Saint-André-Avellin

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Camping parc national de Plaisance

Where

1001 Des Presqu’Îles Road, Plaisance

Good to know

Close to the cycling trail from Plaisance to Thurso, sleep in a ready-to-camp tent or in your own tent on a serviced or unserviced site.

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Hotel V

Where

585 De la Gappe Blvd., Gatineau

Good to know

Located in downtown Gatineau, the Hotel V is conveniently close to several bike trails.

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Lofts du Village

Where

2 Padden Road, Chelsea

Good to know

Located on Old Chelsea Square, the Village Lofts has 12 lofts and 9 studios ideal for cyclists who want to go riding in Gatineau Park.

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Auberge Tom B&B

Where

1090 Route 105, Chelsea

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Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa

Where

60 Mill Road, La Pêche

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Camping CarpeDiem

Where

3 Jonida Road, Blue Sea

Good to know

The campground is close to the Véloroute des Draveurs.

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For an enjoyable cycling trip, it’s important to choose the right accommodation. See all of our Bienvenue Cyclistes!-certified accommodation options. 

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Hop on your bike, the Outaouais is waiting for you! See you soon on the bike paths? 

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