Cycle the famous rail trail through charming villages of Quebec’s Laurentians with Great Canadian Trails.
Just north of Montreal lies the longest park of its kind in Canada. “Le P’tit Train du Nord” (Little Train of the North) linear park features a 200-km cycle path built over an old railway line from Saint-Jérôme to Mont-Laurier. It is a gentle, mostly crushed gravel trail that takes you along an old settler’s route through lush “Laurentides” countryside, charming villages and abandoned-but-restored train stations. Unlike many rail trails which are laid out in straight lines, this trail curves around rivers, lakes, and the base of mountains. Shuttles drop off your luggage at B&B’s every day, while refreshments and meals are available in villages along the way.
BEFORE YOU GO
Please consult the latest updates from the Government of Canada, as well as your province/territory, your municipality and the organization that manages your chosen section of the Trail.We strongly encourage everyone using trails in our network to abide by all public health guidelines.
Overview | Inclusions
Duration: 5 days
Activities: Self-guided cycling
Accommodation: 4 nights hotel or B&B
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- 4-night accommodation with private facilities (twin share)
- 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- Hybrid bicycle rental including helmet, 2 panniers, lock, and basic repair kit
- Daily luggage transfer
- Information pack including route notes & maps
- Emergency hotline
- Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
- $50 donation to Trans Canada Trail
What’s not included
- Travel to/from Saint-Jerome
- Guide (this is a self-guided tour)
- Personal expenses and any expense not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional activities and/or entrance fees
- Airfare, visas, applicable taxes, travel insurance (required)
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Day 1 Arrive Saint-Jérôme
Make your way to the regional capital of the Laurentians and kilometre zero of the P’tit Train du Nord.
Day 2 Mont-Laurier to Nominingue (55 km)
Collect your bikes and transfer north to the trail’s end in Mont-Laurier. Then cycle your way toward Nominingue via Lac-des-Écorces and Lac-Saguay.
Day 3 Nominingue to Mont-Tremblant (60 km)
Explore Nominingue’s wharf area before hitting the Trail to continue south to Mont-Tremblant. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way and consider stopping in charming Rivière-Rouge and Labelle.
Day 4 Mont-Tremblant to Val-David (49 km)
Today’s ride takes you through the towns of Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.
Day 5 Val-David to Saint-Jérôme (42 km)
Cycle through the town of Piedmont and Prévost before arriving back in Saint-Jérôme.
- By car, Saint-Jérôme is approximately 1 hour north by car from Montreal via Autoroute 15N.
- Parking If you chose to drive to Saint-Jérôme, you can leave your car at the parking lot where you pick up your bicycle rental.
- By bus, daily service across the Laurentians is available from Montreal.
- By train, Saint-Jérôme is serviced by Réseau de Transport Métropolitain
- By air, the nearest international airport is Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), approximately one hour away by road.
Great Canadian Trails: A note on self-guided adventures
Self-guided cycling requires individuals to use problem-solving skills, to be adaptable and to have a keen eye. It’s recommended that individuals are comfortable reading a map and referring to route notes, while having a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!).
Sometimes route finding, losing your way, and asking the locals for help are all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self-guided trip, you’ll get the hang of it after the first couple of days, as the vast majority of first-time travellers with Great Canadian Trails attest.
Written route-finding materials issued by Great Canadian Trails are updated regularly. Great Canadian Trails provides a seven-day service hotline to help solve problems and answer questions.