Quebec Connect

Quebec Connect

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The beautiful thing about the Quebec Connect is that there are so many places where one could start riding the loop. Originally created as a means of connecting the Grande-O (Outaouais Loop) to the Trouble in Tremblant Loop, it has since developed into a legit challenge of its own. 

Starting in Gracefield, the Quebec Connect takes you for the first 24km on and off gravel roads as you make your way towards the Chemin du Point Comfort, where the roads turn to gravel and take you to the town of Notre-Dame-du-Laus, where you will take on your first challenge and follow some skidoo trails for around 40km until you on just on the edge of the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve. From there you will start making your way through the reserve following road 8 for 25km. Be aware that road 8 can get pretty narrow and you should keep be aware of your surroundings, in case any ATVs are coming in the other direction. Eventually you turn onto road 3 and follow that for a few kilometres before taking on some 13km of cross-country skiing trails that eventually lead you back onto gravel roads that take you out of the reserve for a short time before jumping back into it and taking on some pretty rugged roads that are not recommended for vehicles without 4-wheel drive. At the 186km mark, you will reach La Conception and make your way up to the “Le Petit Train du Nord” rail-trail. 

For most of the next 100km you will be riding the rail trail, with a small detour to go hit up some fun trails near Lac Nominingue. When you reach Val Barrette you will leave the trail and take some back roads up to Lac-des-Écorces and then start winding your way north on a mix of paved and gravel roads until reaching your northern most town of Mont-Saint-Michel. Turning south-west, you begin to make your way towards La Montagne du Diable Regional Park, where you will have a chance to ride some really fun single-track trails. For the most part the trails have lots of small rollers and punchy climbs. Super fun. Be aware that the little loop that starts just before km 413 takes you up many switch-backs into the enduro park. When you get to the top of the climb, you have the choice of riding the enduro park down (Rodeo Drive), taking the big double track (unnamed) or taking another challenging route (12e Rue). I opted for the enduro park and found it to be super fun, but that you should keep it fairly slow as you wouldn’t want to jump a BOB with a loaded bike. There are also two drops, one at the beginning and one a bit further down that you may want to skip. After exiting the enduro park, you cruise down Bourbon Street until you get back to Abbey Road. You climb back up the switch-backs of St-Laurent until you reach the junction and then finish off with a fun, flowy descent down Lombard until you reach back to the parking lot and start heading north-west on the main road as you make you way up to the trail-head which will take you through the park for the next 8km until you reach the Windigo Waterfalls and Beach. There is camping here, and this would be a great place to find a place for the night. They are currently building a new building which will hopefully include a store in the future. The next 9km take you southwards through the park before exiting the park and making your way back towards civilization. If you are low on supplies and need some food, a short detour south at km 449 will take you into Ducharme where there is a small grocery store where you can stock up. Reaching Grand Remous at km 474 there are restaurants and grocery stores for you to make the most of before heading south on Hwy 105, crossing the Savoyard covered bridge a few kilometres later and getting off the busy roads. Making your way towards Maniwaki, you will be taking a mix of gravel and paved roads, following the Gatineau River until you reach the city.

Leaving Maniwaki, you will take the Veloroute des Draveurs for about 10km before leaving the route for some gravel roads that take you into the Grand lac des Cèdres trail network. After a bit of riding around through their trails, you continue your south-westward loop until reaching back to Gracefield at kilometre 621.

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