Where to bike

Route verte – Interactive maps and online routes

All of Quebec within reach of your handlebars – that’s what the Route verte and its over 5,000 kilometres of bikeways crisscrossing the province have to offer. There’s no end of destinations to discover!

And now you can use our interactive online tools to explore and plan your next cycling outing. To get started, visit the Route verte website.


Urban bicycle networks

See the bicycle networks in the following cities:

Greater Montreal  (in french)

Quebec City (in french)

Sherbrooke (in french)

Gatineau

Trois-Rivières (in french)


Looking for information on cycling alternatives in another city? Check out the Route verte!


Bridges and crossings

Need to cross a body of water in the greater Montreal area? Here are some alternate ways you can do it!

Between Montreal and the South Shore

Jacques Cartier Bridge bike path:
Bike path on the western side of the bridge, open from April 1 to December 1, weather permitting. Closed to bicycle traffic during special events.
Information: 450-651-2377  

Victoria Bridge bike path
Crosses the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Saint-Lambert locks and continues on to Parc Jean-Drapeau. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., April 15–October 31. Closed during certain events.

Sainte-Catherine Bridge
Located at the locks in Sainte-Catherine, this bridge crosses the St. Lawrence Seaway toward the Champlain Bridge ice control structure and Parc Jean-Drapeau. This bike path is open daily between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., April 15–November 15.

Champlain Bridge ice control structure
The path on the ice control structure connects the existing St. Lawrence Seaway bike trail to Nuns’ Island. You can reach the structure via the Nuns’ Island path, west of Champlain Bridge, via the Sainte-Catherine bridge to the south, or via the Victoria Bridge bike path. The ice control structure remains open from April 15 to October 31.

West Island

Taschereau and Galipeau bridges
There is a bike path linking Vaudreuil and L'Île-Perrot running along the south side of the Taschereau Bridge. The Galipeau Bridge, between L'Île-Perrot and the Island of Montreal, features a bicycle path on the south side.
 
Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge
Off limits to bicycles.
 
East end of the Island

Le Gardeur Bridge
Bike path on the south side of the bridge between Pointe-aux-Trembles and Repentigny. Open year-round.

Between Montreal and Laval

Louis-Bisson Bridge
Off limits to bicycles.
 
Lachapelle Bridge
The sidewalks on the Lachapelle Bridge are open to bicycles, providing access to Cartierville (Montreal) and Chomedey (Laval).

Perry Island Bridge
This railway bridge features a path for pedestrians and cyclists (2.3 metres wide since it was refurbished) running between Laval and Montreal. Please note, however, that the path surface is uneven and is slated for renovation in 2013.

Papineau Bridge
The Papineau Bridge is not open to bicycle traffic. 
 
Viau Bridge
There is a bike path on the Viau Bridge which links Ahuntsic (Montreal) and Pont-Viau (Laval).

Pie-IX Bridge
Bicycles are allowed to use the sidewalks on the Pie-IX Bridge.

Between Laval and the North Shore

Grand Moulin Dam
A bike path has been built on the Grand Moulin dam, which runs between Deux-Montagnes and Laval-sur-le-Lac.

Arthur-Sauvé Bridge
The sidewalks on this bridge, which links Saint-Eustache and Laval-Ouest, are open to bicycles.

Marius-Dufresne Bridge
The Marius-Dufresne Bridge between Rosemère and Sainte-Rose (Laval) is equipped with a bike path, although it is not linked to any other bikeways.
 
Athanase-David Bridge
A bike path can be found on this bridge connecting Bois-des-Filion and Laval.

Maritime Shuttles
 
Montreal Old Port to Parc Jean-Drapeau and Parc Marie-Victorin in Longueuil (Réal-Bouvier Marina), from the Jacques-Cartier Pier, available May 21 to October 10. More information: 514-281-8000.
 
Promenade Bellerive to Charron Island, available June 20 to Labour Day.
For further details, go to the Longueuil recreational network website, call the Société d’animation de la Promenade Bellerive at 514-493-1967, or contact the Navark shuttle company at 514-871-8356.

Promenade René-Lévesque to Charron Island and Parc des Îles-de-Boucherville, May 21 to October 10.
More information is available on the Navark website or at 514-871-8356, or on the Longueuil recreational network website or at 514-281-8000.
 
Boucherville waterfront to Parc des Îles-de-Boucherville, from the federal wharf, located at the intersection of Marie-Victorin and De Montarville boulevards, toward Grosbois Island, available June 20 to September 7.
More information is available on the Longueuil recreational network website or at 450-449-8640.
 
The Lachine-Châteauguay maritime shuttle connects the Châteauguay area and the Beauharnois canal bicycle path to the Montreal network of bikeways. The shuttle runs from June 20 to September 7. The Lachine pier is located at the eastern end of Parc René-Lévesque, near the locks. The Châteauguay pier can be found in Parc de la Commune, at the tip of D’Youville Boulevard (on the western arm of the river, near Saint-Bernard Island). For further details go to the Navark website  or call 514-871-8356.
 
It is also possible to cross the St. Lawrence River via the municipal wharf in Des Cèdres, where a small pontoon is available for use during the summer months.
 
Île-Bizard ferry: A ferry runs between Laval-sur-le-Lac and Île-Bizard between May and October, from 6 a.m. to midnight. Information: 450-627-2526.

Vélo Québec guides
Is all this whetting your appetite to see even more of the province on two wheels? Have a closer look at our collection of books and guides!