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 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.)
De we have to pay to access to Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon (national park)?

The cycling network totals 45 km, 16 km of which are linked to the Véloroute des Bleuets. We strongly recommend that you purchase your right of access online before making the trip if you wish to cross the entire park. If you opt for the 16 km only, there is no charge, but you must call 418 347-5371 ext. 0 to get a free access permit.

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/

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Where can I get a copy of the cycling guide?

You can 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

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.

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!

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