Cycling around Lac-St-Jean

Cycling through the vastness!

An oversized lake at the bend of fields, as far as the eye can see, a sea breeze to tame the midday sun, and gourmet stops to fill up on the fuel your body will need to continue discovering all the beauty of our region; this is what a typical day cycling around Lac-Saint-Jean sounds like.

Here you will find activities to make your bike tour an unforgettable experience. Alma, the starting point for your adventure on the Véloroute des Bleuets!

Cycling around Lac-Saint-Jean is...

La Véloroute des Bleuets: a 256-km loop starting in the vibrant city of Alma and taking you across plains, agricultural fields, forests and rivers with, of course, a view on the famous Lac-Saint-Jean.

An alternative way of discovering Alma Lac-Saint-Jean. Starting from Alma, take advantage of all the services available: free supervised parking lot, a luggage shuttle (upon request), and Véloroute ambassadors scattered along the cycling pathway. All you have to do is pedal away and let yourself be moved by the sound of the waves.

An accessible, easy and free route that allows you to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature while visiting no fewer than 15 key municipalities, a local Montagnais community and the magnificent Parc national de Pointe-Taillon.

A unique experience for the whole family. In addition to having a breathtaking view on the region and navigating it differently, it is possible to organize a thematic stay with our packages.

Plan your stay

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Pêcheur’s Bed & Breakfast

Access the Véloroute des Bleuets in just a few pedal strokes.

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L’Escale des Migrateurs

Take advantage of the cozy comfort of our rooms to rest before resuming the bike path on your journey around the lake.

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Hydro-Québec bike ride

Take advantage of a turnkey cycling activity that will take you around the fabulous Lake Saint-Jean.

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Camp-de-Touage-les-Îles sector (Pointe-Taillon National Park)

The sector is crossed by the Véloroute des Bleuets which surrounds Lake Saint-Jean.

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Village récréotouristique l’Oasis

Next to the Véloroute des Bleuets and close to several restaurants and attractions!

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Jaune Hôtel-Boutique

Do you travel the Véloroute des Bleuets? Our accomodation is located 200 meters from the track. Stop by with us!

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Saint-Gédéon’s public Market

During your visit to Saint-Gédéon, the Véloroute des Bleuets will naturally guide you to the Public Market. Take a gourmet break before hitting the trail again!

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Barbe Noire – Bière et Bouffe

Situé devant la piste cyclable, Barbe Noire - Bière et Bouffe vous propose des chambres douillettes.

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Maritime shuffle Tax-îles

Two pedal strokes away from the Véloroute des Bleuets!

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Parc Octopus

Crisscross the Véloroute des Bleuetsngside Lac Saint-Jean at the same time. Bike rental available on site.

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Marine shuttles The Maligneau

Marine shuttle on the river Grande-Décharge at Alma.

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Motel-Restaurant le Rond-Point

0.5 km from the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit, Motel-Restaurant Le Rond Point is located in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, halfway (32 km) between the cities of Alma and Roberval.

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Auberge des Îles

Lakeside resort after a day-long bike ride. Bienvenue cyclistes! (Welcome cyclists!)

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Auberge Presbytère Mont Lac-Vert

In Hébertville, a stopover for Horst de Kénogami cyclists. Bienvenue cyclistes! (Welcome cyclists!)

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Auberge Maison Zacharie

After a day on the cycling circuit, wind down in a calm and relaxing atmosphere at Maison Zacharie.

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Almatoit Gîte

Located downtown Alma, less than one kilometre from the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit. Bienvenue cyclistes! (Welcome cyclists!)

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Buvette T

Direct access to the cycling circuit and restaurant on site. Bienvenue cyclistes! (Welcome cyclists!)

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Microbrasserie du Lac Saint-Jean

After a day of cycling, enjoy a good meal and handmade beer among our great selection.

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Microbrasserie Riverbend

Microbrasserie Riverbend brews its beers near the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit and the Dam-en-Terre resort.

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Bar-Restaurant Chez Mario Tremblay

A resto-bar in Alma signed Mario Tremblay, star hockey player in the Province of Quebec.

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Microbrasserie Lion Bleu

Accessible by bike, this microbrewery produces high-quality artisanal beer that is served in the right glass, at the right temperature.

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Café du Clocher

Bistro with a relaxed atmosphere. Microbrews.

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L’Escale du Routard

Endroit idéal pour commencer une randonnée sur la véloroute des Bleuets, à 5 minutes du majestueux Lac Saint-Jean.

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Travelodge Alma

Less than 1 km from the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit, Travelodge Alma is perfectly located to allow you to discover Alma’s magnificent rivers.

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Fromagerie et Boulangerie Médard

Gourmet stop! Handmade cheese factory, bakery and bistro.

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Équinox Aventure

Bike tour operator on the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit. From 1 to 7 days. Bike rental, luggage shuttle.

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La Maison du matelot

Located less than 1 km from the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit, Maison du Matelot is the perfect location to discover Alma’s beautiful rivers.

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Centre de villégiature Dam-en-Terre

Camping, condos, summer theatre and beach. Bienvenue cyclistes! (Welcome cyclists!)

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Hôtel Universel

Less than 1 km from the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit, Hôtel Universel is the ideal starting point to discover Alma’s beautiful rivers.

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Arboretum de la presqu’île Croft

Enjoy a few peaceful minutes looking at 2,000 tree species.

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Centre récréotouristique Le Rigolet

Direct access to the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit, Le Rigolet is a bicycle rest area equipped with a new fresh juice bar.

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Camping et Plage Belley

Turnkey camping, magnificent beach, and many campgrounds. Bienvenue cyclistes! (Welcome cyclists!)

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Camping Pointe-Taillon

Two steps away from the Véloroute des Bleuets!

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Véloroute des Bleuets

Véloroute des Bleuets is a 256 km cycling circuit that borders the Lac Saint-Jean Lake. It winds through 15 municipalities, as well as the Mashteuiatsh Montagnais Community. Kilometre after kilometre of pure cycling pleasure!

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Walking distance from the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit, Vélo-Jeunesse rents bicycles and cycling accessories.

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Camping Lac-Vert

Close of the Route Verte. À proximité de la Route Verte.Tranquility for a success outdoor vacation. Welcome cyclists!

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Camping Villa des Sables

Accessed via the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit, this camping, with a long sandy beach, is located 15 km from Alma and 25 km from Roberval.

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Camping Plage Blanchet

Direct access to the 169 regional highway and the Véloroute des Bleuets cycling circuit. Bienvenue cyclistes! (Welcome cyclists!)

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Camping Alma

A beautiful site with many trees and a magnificent beach on the Lac Saint-Jean Lake’s shores. Bienvenue cyclistes! (Welcome cyclists!)

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Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon

The bicycle network spans over 45 km, 16 km of which merges with the Véloroute des Bleuets. It borders the Lac Saint-Jean Lake and the Péribonka River and crosses a large bog.

Find here the list of Bienvenue Cyclistes certified accommodations. These establishments offer a variety of services to accommodate your specific needs, such as :

  • Tire pumps and tool boxes for minor repairs;
  • A locked storage space to store your bikes overnight;
  • Camping spaces available at all times, without reservation, for cyclists.

You will also find that a luggage shuttle is offered by the company Équinox Aventure, and that bicycle shops and bike rentals are available close to the Véloroute des Bleuets. These will ease your planning and contribute to quickly resolving any unexpected issues.

Most frequently asked questions

Are pets allowed?

No, pets are strictly forbidden on the Véloroute des Bleuets, even with a leash.

Why does the mile-marker start in Sainte-Monique?

Kilometre zero is in Sainte-Monique because the first sod of the Véloroute des Bleuets was turned there, in 1998.

Should I book my accommodation?

Yes, it is always preferable to book your accommodation. However, you will find accommodations that are certified "Bienvenue Cyclistes!" along your route. Campgrounds are required to have, at all times, spaces available for cyclists.