3 islands to discover by bike

Pedaling on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, admiring the coastal landscapes that pass by and stopping as you discover things, is like riding towards a change of scenery! Here are three islands for cycling between fields and tides.

1. ISLE-AUX-GRUES


Isle-aux-Grues

Photo courtesy TCA, Stephanie Allard

Isle-aux-Grues

A small island off the coast of Montmagny, Isle-aux-Grues is accessible by boat at high tide, according to the schedule indicated on the traversiers.com website. After leaving their car on the coast, visitors board the ferry on foot, accompanied or not by their bike, since three rental companies are present on the island, as well as a public transport service and a train ride .

A 7.2 km “T” circuit on paved roads shows the way for cyclists wishing to explore the island, while the Chemin de la Batture, a compacted gravel road accessible by mountain or hybrid bike, guides them to at Ile-aux-Oies. The course is relatively flat, perfect for combining physical activity, observation of fauna and flora, as well as contemplation of the landscapes.

Athletes will leave their bikes behind for a hike in the Jean-Paul-Riopelle Nature Reserve, among its over 300-year-old maple trees. A paradise for ornithologists with its 250 species of birds, some of which are rare, Isle-aux-Grues also attracts gourmets to its cheese dairy.

To plan : montmagnyetlesiles.chaudiereappalaches.com

2. ISLE-AUX-COUDRES


Isle aux Coudres

Photo courtesy Tourism Isle-aux-Coudres, Robert Chiasson

Isle aux Coudres

Isle-aux-Coudres promises 360 degrees of panoramas to be admired along its 40 km of cycle paths surrounding it and sometimes weaving through an orchard, meadows and borage. As soon as the ferry departing from Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive docks, cyclists park their cars in one of the municipal parking lots before getting on their bikes.

A rental center also offers them frames for all types of cyclists. Hybrids, urban, electric, several models of tandems and quadricycles, then bikes for children and others that can accommodate an adult and a child accommodate the whole family.

It is also a destination for young and old, due to its low gradient and the happy coexistence of cyclists and vehicles on the road.

The numerous gourmet stops, the shops, the museums, the cultural events, the accommodation sites and the welcome reserved by the porpoises (a friendly nickname given to the inhabitants) make you want to extend your island getaway for a few days.

►To schedule: tourismisleauxcoudres.com

3. ISLE OF ORLEANS


Ile d'Orleans

Photo courtesy of Île d’Orléans Tourism, Jeff Frenette

Ile d’Orleans

Very popular with cyclists who want to cover the 67 kilometers that encircle it or dive through the fields on one of the three roads that cross it, Île d’Orléans near Quebec is a destination for vigilant cyclists.

They drive on chemin Royal (route 368), also used by residents traveling by car, to which are added the many tourists in this season, not to mention agricultural vehicles. Caution is advised, especially where there is no shoulder.

Sunrise and sunset are therefore propitious times to pedal peacefully, while the island puts on its most beautiful finery, cradled in a soft light.

The rhythm of a visit by bike rather than by car allows you to discover the personalities and characteristics of the six municipalities that are home to Île d’Orléans, then to see the emergence of some 125 tourist businesses to encourage. U-pick, vineyards, market gardeners, restaurants, artisans, historic sites, cultural spaces… Discovery begins on the other side of the bridge.

►To schedule: tourism.iledorleans.com

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