LE PTIT TRAIN DU NORD
Quebec is not known for having particularly huge mountains. Nonetheless, theQuebec is not known for having particularly huge mountains. Nonetheless, the province has countless amazing mountain-bike trail networks where you’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful forests, ripping on dirt and playing around on roots and rocks.
With so many fun places to ride, it’s hard to choose just one route, but close to where I live, in the region of the Laurentians just north of Montreal, is a dirt path called “Le Ptit train du Nord,” and it is one I always enjoy riding. Le Ptit train du Nord is approximately 200 kilometres long and follows the Rouge River. You can begin the ride anywhere on it and connect to many additional trails.
I suggest starting at the old Ste-Adele train station, with its free parking and close proximity to good food and a cool bike shop. From there, ride approximately two kilometres, mostly uphill, to reach the first trail network, the MICA, which begins in the yard of Augustin Norbert Morin High School. The trails here are fun, fast, flowy and full of roots.
Once done exploring there, ride approximately five minutes toward Mont Chantecler. This trail network is extremely well mapped and well maintained, making it easy to explore without becoming lost. The trails at Chantecler will have you climbing up and ripping down short, steep hills covered in roots and rocks. They are super-fun for every level of rider, but become more challenging with speed.
After that, hit the road again for approximately five minutes to join the 40/80 trail network to do at least one run of the berms and the jump-filled but still accessible downhill – sure to put a smile on your face!
If it is a hot summer day, like me, end your ride with a quick dip in Lac Rond.
Le Ptit train du Nord in the Laurentians is 200 kilometres long and super-fun with trails that appeal to every level of rider.