Mesures sanitaires

COVID-19: what to expect during my bicycle trip on the Véloroute des Bleuets?

There is some precautions to follow when you are on the Véloroute des Bleuets, also, some services are temporary closed because of the COVID-19. Make sure to have a look on the page ”Recommendations – COVID-19”.

COVID-19: what to expect during my stay in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean?

Tourisme Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean created a list of the most common questions asked. Here is the answer to your questions: https://www.saguenaylacsaintjean.ca/en/experiences/answers-to-your-questions.

Cycling circuit

How many rest areas are there along the Véloroute des Bleuets?

There are 35 rest areas all along the Véloroute des Bleuets. The distance between them varies from 10 to 15 kilometers. You will find restrooms and picnic tables and water supply.

Is the whole circuit paved?

Yes. Except for the 15 kilometers across the Pointe Taillon National Park, which, for environmental reasons, are composed of extremely fine crushed stones, and therefore accessible to every type of bikes.

Is there any specific way to cycle the VDB?

Since the Véloroute des Bleuets is a closed circular circuit, you can cycle it in both directions. There is no clockwise or anticlockwise specific direction. The whole circuit is marked accordingly both on the ground and on road signs.

Can one stay exclusively on paved roads to complete the circuit?

Except for the 15 kilometers section across the Pointe Taillon Park mentioned above, composed of extremely fine crushed stones, well compacted, the 256 kilometers to complete the Véloroute des Bleuets are all paved. They are divided as follows:

  • Bicycle trails (105 km) – 43%: Paved surface, maintained and reserved exclusively for the Véloroute travelers and independent of the roadways.
  • Intra-municipal Network (8 km) – 3%: Cycling network created and maintaine by the municipalities that it passes through
  • Paved Shoulder (82 km) -34%: Widening from 1.5 to 1.7 meters located on both sides of the traffic lane
  • Designated shared roadway (48 km) – 20%: Itinerary on a street or highway with little traffic flow, officially recognized as a bicycle lane, without lanes, reserved for cyclists and signs posted for motorists indicating the presence of cyclists.

When consulting our maps at https://veloroutedesbleuets.com/en/interactives-maps (you can also download the PDF version of the maps via the Ondago app for your tablet or smartphone), the cyclable paths sections are in green and the paved shoulder with a small percentage vertical gain are in orange.

If I want to complete the whole tour, is it longer to go through Sainte-Monique or to cut through the National Park and go directly to Péribonka’s Marina?

First, please go to map number 1 in order to visualize what we are about to explain. http://www.igloocreations.com/ondagoweb.php?id=veloroutedesbleuets2018-carte1&lang=en

  • From the Pointe Taillon National Park’s entrance to Péribonka’s Marina = 21 kilometers to cycle.
  • From the Pointe Taillon National Park’s entrance to Sainte-Monique and on to Péribonka’s Marina: 37 kilometers to cycle.

** Please note that the Pointe Taillon National Park is a major attraction in its entirety, with its panoramic views, its diversified wildlife and flora and its magnificent beaches.

What sections would you recommend for beginners?

All the sections identified in green on our detailed maps in our guide are suited for beginners, since these are paved cyclable paths reserved exclusively for the Véloroute des Bleuets’ users.

The lot of our interactive maps can be consulted at https://veloroutedesbleuets.com/en/interactives-maps or downloaded from the mobile app Ondago.

Here are some of our suggestions:

  • The Pointe-Taillon National Park (45 km)
  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix towards Desbiens (7 km with a panoramic view over Lac-Saint-Jean)
  • Roberval-Val-Jalbert | 7 km along the lake
  • Saint-Prime-Saint-Félicien | 12 km

 

Can we cycle the entirety of the Pointe Taillon National Park?

Not only you can, but we strongly recommend you do. But you must know that this section is 48 kilometers and that is not paved but composed of small crushed compressed stones. The visitor’s guide will be handed to you upon inscription to the Park, and there are a multitude of memorable activities to be had there. Do expect a fee for parking and access to the Pointe Taillon National Park.

Are there a lot of high changes in elevation on the Véloroute des Bleuets?

No, there isn’t. The circuit is relatively flat and accessible to families as well as touring and performance oriented cyclists. The color codes on our maps should help you target the most appropriate sections according to your ambitions. If you need more detailed information, consult our maps in our bike guide: Veloroute-ENG-Low-1.pdf (veloroutedesbleuets.com)

Note that what is given as a positive altitude change corresponds to the addition of all elevations.

Are there restrooms close to the Véloroute des Bleuets?

Yes, there are restrooms in every municipalities.

Is there a shortcut I could take via Route 373 from St-Félicien to Dolbeau-Mistassini?

We do not recommend this road for security reasons.

  • The road is particularly narrow; there has never been any work done on this road to make it cyclists’friendly
  • There is a lot of traffic (delivery vans, etc.)

Packages

Do you offer any holiday packages?

Yes, some companies offer an opportunity to discover the Véloroute des Bleuets in personalized packages.

Please refer to page 11 of our “Bike experience 2018-2019” guide for more details or consult http://experiencevelo.com/en/packages/

Cycling guide « Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean bike experience »

Where can I get a copy of the cycling guide?

If you want a printed version of the guide of the circuit ” Bike Experience Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean 2018”, please follow the link below: Bike guide – Véloroute des Bleuets (veloroutedesbleuets.com)  to order your copy. The guide is free but you will have to pay for the shipping (Canada 10$ ⁄ United States 15$ ⁄ Europe 25$) by credit card or Pay Pal. You can also get it for free at any of the Maisons du Vélo (Alma, Roberval, Dolbeau-Mistassini and Hébertville) or in the Tourist Information Desks. You can also consult it on line or download the PDF version on our website: veloroutedesbleuets.com

Why are all the lodgings listed in the “Bike experience Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean” exclusively “Bienvenue cyclistes!” ones?

Our choice to propose the “Bienvenue cyclistes!” in our guide results of our willingness to offer the best “bike experience” to our Véloroute des Bleuets and Véloroute du Fjord du Saguenay users, because these lodgings are synonym of an exceptional welcome and adapted to cyclists needs. You can also find our partners’ entire list of accommodation under the “lodging” tab at Where to Sleep – Véloroute des Bleuets (veloroutedesbleuets.com)

Lodging

Useful links to organize your trip

Véloroute des Bleuets website :

 

Ondago mobile application:

 

Cycling guide and map:

  • Map paper version : https://veloroutedesbleuets.com/app/uploads/2022/02/Veloroute-CartePliable2022_WEB.pdf

Maisons du vélo

What is a “Maison du vélo”?

A ”Maison du vélo” is a place where you can get some information about everything from your itinerary to things to do and see and services offered and more. You can also find many promotional items of the Véloroute des Bleuets.

Where are the “Maison du vélo”?

Maison du vélo d’Alma (km 49)

Business Office (open year round)

1692, avenue du Pont Nord

Alma (Québec) G8B 5G3

418.668.4541 / 1.866.550.4541

veloroutedesbleuets.com

info@veloroutedesbleuets.com

Maison du vélo de Roberval (km 121)

At the Roberval Marina entrance

854, rue Arthur

Roberval (Québec) G8H 2M7

418.765.0115

Maison du vélo de Dolbeau-Mistassini (km 207)

Close to the visitor information center

256, boul. des Pères

Dolbeau-Mistassini (Québec) G8L 5K6

418.276.7646

Maison du vélo d’Hébertville

Located close to the church (Horst de Kénogami’s circuit)

251, rue Turgeon

Hébertville (Québec) G8N 1S2

418.344.4884

Ambassadors

Who are the ambassadors and what is their role?

Ambassadors oversee the global satisfaction of every user. Their goal is to welcome, inform and insure users’ security first and foremost. They always have a mobile phone, and carry around tools for basic mechanical repairs as well as a first aid kit. There are almost 70 ambassadors roaming the cyclable paths. Do not hesitate to reach out to them!

Parking

Can I park my car and trailer in one of your authorized parkings?

Seuls les véhicules automobiles ou camionnettes aménagées sont autorisés dans ces stationnements. Les véhicules de type récréatifs, roulottes, tentes-roulottes ou roulottes à sellette ne sont pas permis. Des terrains de camping aménagés pour accueillir ces types de véhicules sont disponibles tout au long du circuit cyclable. La longueur maximale autorisée est de 22 pieds afin de respecter l’utilisation d’un seul espace de stationnement.