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Quebec City to Montmorency Falls & l’Île d’Orléans

Bromptons Bike Quebec!

by bromptoning

After three days of biking in Montreal (Tour la Nuit, etc), we were ready for a rest day strolling around Quebec’s Old Town. However, rain was in the forecast, and the only dry day was our first day in Quebec City. I had three big bike rides planned, but we picked the one that we thought would be the highlight, and did that on the one sunny day available.

I believe we chose right!

🚴 To Montmorency Falls

We were staying in Quebec City’s Old Town, the Upper area high on the cliffs. It was a steep ride down the narrow streets to the Corridor du Littoral (which is also Route Verte 5), a bike path that runs along the north side of the St. Lawrence River and leads directly to Montmorency Falls Park.

Pier in front of SIGN to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, 13 kms.

As you can see on the sign, Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is 13km from downtown Quebec City, and the whole route is a dedicated bike path! 

Admittedly, I didn’t take a lot of photos and instead mostly enjoyed the ride while hitting record on the Insta360 every once in a while (VIDEO at the end of this blog with all the footage). But I did photograph the important stuff, like the fact that there is a nice public bathroom available in Domaine de Maizerets, a 27-hectare park that the Corridor du Littoral rolls through. 

The Corridor du Littoral bike path ends at the entrance of Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. There are many bike racks, and since it was early on a weekday in the off season, we were one of the first to lock up. Normally we wouldn’t leave our Bromptons outside, but since this is a tourist attraction outside of the city, the risk of bike theft seemed low. Plus, a couple expensive e-bikes were parked to the rack with flimsier locks than ours! 

From my research, I wasn’t sure what the situation was regarding bikes in Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, but now I can tell you that bikes aren’t allowed and access to the park is restricted by the building at the entrance. No sneaking in! We took the gondola up to the top and walked down to the bottom of the falls on the other side. Currently, the park is building another access path from the bottom, but it wasn’t complete when we were there.  


From the middle of the suspension bridge over the falls, we could see the giant bridge (2 kms long) we’d soon be cycling across to get to l’Île d’Orléans. Though there are no official bike lanes on the bridge, the Internet assured us that people routinely cycle over it because the island is such a popular place to ride. Well, okay then!

🚴 Tour de l’Île de’Orléans

I took zero photos on the Pont de l’Île d’Orléans because it was terrifying. It’s a highway, with transport trucks blowing by at 100km/hr, and the wind was fierce! We rode on the narrow sidewalk which was covered in rocks and sand. If it had been less windy and if the sidewalks were in better condition, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. But honestly, we just had to focus on getting to the other side alive! We did see two other cyclists making the journey, also on the sidewalk, but that’s it. 

Thankfully, we made it, though I knew that the bike ride UP from where the bridge met the island would be the biggest challenge of the day! That road had a 9% incline. At least it had a shoulder. Kind of. But then… the shoulder disappeared! Closed for road construction!

Then a construction worker waved us over. He only spoke French, but I understood that he was calling a vehicle for us. Turns out that in Quebec, when a construction project makes a road unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists, they provide a shuttle service! Soon a minivan arrived with a bike rack on the back, though we simply folded our Bromptons up and brought then into the van. 

The driver dropped us off at the top and we unfolded and were ready to go!

L’Île d’Orléans is actually huge! The route around the entire island is 67km! Since we’d already biked 15km to get there, and would need to bike 15km to get back to Old Town in Quebec City, we decided just to do a short 25km loop of the bottom third of the island. 

Our first stop was just 1 km from where the shuttle van dropped us off, a black currant farm with a restaurant: Cassis Monna & Filles. We ate a delicious lunch on the terrace that overlooks the St. Lawrence River.

From there, we biked to the little town of Saint-Pierre and turned right onto a country road called Route des Prêtres (Road of the Priests?!). Though this sign best sums up the road:

It’s a narrow, hilly road in farming country, so look out for tractors!

The next 10km was a relatively peaceful ride through farmland (see the video for the views), and we finally stopped at the tip of the island in the tiny town of Sainte-Pétronille. And, of course, we stopped in at the Chocolaterie!

Once back at the construction leading to the bridge, we knew to look for this sign and call the number for the shuttle van.

Once we were over the bridge, the ride back was peaceful — flat and mercifully far from motor vehicles. Though the one downside to staying in Upper Town is the final few blocks was a 10% grade to our hotel at the top!

After a 56km ride and that final climb, we definitely needed a rest on the steps of the hotel before carrying our bikes up to the second floor. 

Conclusion

 We’re really glad that we biked to Montmorency Falls and l’Île d’Orléans on our one sunny day. It’s definitely worth the ride, even the scary bridge part. 

As the Weather Network predicted, it rained steadily for the last days of our trip. I’d planned two more awesome bike rides, but we decided not to do them since long tours while wet are not the most fun. Doable if you have to get somewhere, but if you don’t, why put yourself through soggy misery? We did, however, do a short ride to the St-Roch neighbourhood. And we also biked to the airport on the day we left. All in all, less cycling than we’d planned on this trip, but we still got some pedalling in. 

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2 comments

Lori Dawn March 18, 2024 - 12:03 am

I love your blog and cycling adventures! I can’t believe you ride your Bromptons such distances! We have followed some of your routes! Your Hawaii tips were the best!
Might I ask what other routes you had planned for Quebec but we’re rained out of?
Thanks for sharing!

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bromptoning March 18, 2024 - 9:23 am

Thank you! Another route I had planned was Corridor du Littoral et Parcours des Anses, a loop that would take us on the two shores of the St. Lawrence River, over the Québec Bridge and into the town of Lévis to see some sights there and as well as beautiful views of Québec City and the Château Frontenac from the opposite shore. Then we were going to return via the Québec-Lévis ferry. Another route was Corridor de la Rivière-Saint-Charles, which we did end up braving the rain to do part of it, since it’s much shorter and there were places to stop along the way, but we didn’t combine it with a bigger ride north of Quebec like we’d planned. It just goes to show you can’t trust the weather in Canada, even in June!

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