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P'tit Train du Nord

Loop ride starting and ending in Ottawa

Cycle Canada's P'tit Train du Nord tour is an annual bike ride starting and ending in Ottawa, Ontario via the Laurentian Mountains(Laurentides). It is the most challenging of our one–week tours.

Six days of cycling with seven nights of accommodation

Riders on Cycle Canada's P'tit Train du Nord meet in downtown Ottawa, Canada's capital city.

The trip takes us to the heart of the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. It's a year-round recreational district with many amenities for visitors.

For sections of the trip we are on the official P'tit Train du Nord which is a converted railway track. Most of the trail is paved but there are some short sections of unpaved trail. The trip is mostly flat to gently rolling but there is some climbing on day two and this day has limited services. There is no mid–trip rest day which is one of the reasons this trip is more challenging than our other tours.

Ottawa is very bike friendly and we encourage riders to arrive early.

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Ottawa and the Gatineau Hills

Leaving Ottawa we take paved trails and secondary roads, passing by Parliament Hill on the way to the large and scenic Gatineau Park on the Quebec side of the National Capital District. Heading north we follow the Gatineau River valley almost to its headwaters in the Baskatong Reservoir near Mont Laurier.

Mont Laurier

At Mont Laurier we are at the western end of the P'tit Train du Nord (Little Train of the North), which is the longest linear park in Canada. The central feature of the park is a largely abandoned Canadian Pacific rail line that now is a recreational trail between Mont Laurier and St-Jerome, north of Montreal. The trail is partly paved and partly crushed limestone. Riders follow the paved section of the trail to get to Mont Tremblant with the choice of unpaved trail or road for a small section.

Mont Tremblant

From Mont Tremblant we follow the P'tit Train route to St-Jerome throough the steepest and hilliest part of a long established ski destination in the Laurentian Mountains. We stay at Ste-Adèle which is one of the well known ski towns. In that part of the route there are sections of unpaved trails for a a total of 45 kilometres (28 miles). The paved alternative would be very steep and riders always come to appreciate the trail.

The P'tit Train trail ends just past St-Jerome, which is the northernmost of a series of suburban communities on this side of Montreal. We turn ride through villages that are farm supply centres.

Final leg to Ottawa

At the Ottawa River we go upstream to Montebello. From here we return to Ottawa following the Ottawa River.

Tour Summary Dates and Fees

  • Ottawa, Ontario to Ottawa, Ontario via the Laurentian Mountains and Mont. Tremblant
  • Dates: July 29 to August 4, 2017
  • Fees are per person in Canadian funds
Type Fee HST Total
Tour Fee $1375.00 $100.18 $1475.18
Optional Single Supplement $495.00 $24.75 $519.75
  • Total amount includes Registration Fee ($150.00) and Deposit ($150.00) which are non-refundable (please refer to our cancellation policy)
  • Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). There is a discount of 50% of the HST amount for non-Canadian residents.
  • Single room option may be limited. We are not able guarantee ensuite bathrooms.

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 nights indoor accommodation at motels, hotel, Inn and Bed and Breakfasts
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner

Distances and Rating

  • Total Distance — 625 km (388 mi)
  • Daily Average — 104 km (64 mi)
  • Longest Day — 129 km (79 mi)
  • Riding Days — 6

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