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Explore by Bike Presents Its 2010 Program at the Toronto International Bicycle Show

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Toronto, March 5, 2010 - An exciting and varied program, special promotions, new routes and old favourites – that’s what Explore by Bike offers cyclists in 2010. Featuring sixty trips and getaways, the program is available at

Discover Quebec by bike

Over the past 40 years, Quebec has developed a unique cycling culture. For a weekend getaway or a weeklong trip, Quebec is the destination of choice on the continent. Explore by Bike proposes beautiful itineraries, using its extensive expertise to select the most enjoyable routes and friendliest inns and restaurants.

The Gaspé Peninsula is a cyclist heaven. With its beautiful maritime landscapes, its incredible variety of birds, its amazing Percé Rock and delightful seafood, this region offers cyclists a memorable one-week experience.

Join us for a 3-day adventure along Québec’s South Shore and explore the St. Lawrence River by following the road that hugs the river and links its maritime villages.

All summer long, thousands of Quebec’s cyclists gather in the Eastern Townships to explore its scenic roads. Don’t miss our 3-day excursion through vineyards, orchards and picturesque villages and enjoy the best products of Quebec farmlands.

A few kilometres away from Ottawa lies the Gatineau Park: 361 square kilometres of forests and hills to explore during our peaceful 3-day excursion.

The Mauricie National Park is a favourite adventure destination. Discover a beautiful route alongside the Saint-Maurice River during an exquisite weekend!

Every summer for the past 15 years, the Petite Aventure has been the family vacation of choice. Some 1,700 participants - from 0 to 99 years old - ride on bicycle-friendly roads during the day and gather under the big tents for big fun at night. This year, the Petite Aventure will explore the pastoral and peaceful Suroît region, just north of the US border. Plenty of pleasure to share with your loved ones!

Most Beautiful Routes in North America

Prince Edward Island
There is no better way to discover the island of Anne of Green Gables than on two wheels. The rolling fields and wave-sculpted cliffs of this sea-bathed jewel make our one-week trip a relaxing and delightful experience.

Nova Scotia
From Digby to Liverpool, you will ride through southern Nova Scotia on the scenic Lighthouse route. There’s no doubt about it: breathing in salty sea air while cycling through landscapes as beautiful as they are historic makes for an extraordinary one-week vacation!

The Grand Tour: from New York State to Quebec
For 17 years, cyclists from Quebec and all-over America have joined in this one-week exciting experience. Imagine 2000 cyclists taking on a region, camping, tasting local food and having the time of their life. This year, the Grand Tour provides a great opportunity to size up the Adirondacks. We will start in Glens Falls, a friendly town on the Hudson River. After this incursion into the United States, we will cross the border to follow the Upper Richelieu and make our way to Saint-Hyacinthe, 50 km east of Montreal. Don’t miss the greatest cycling tour on the East coast of the continent!

For more info, don’t miss our Seminar at  5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and  Sunday
The Grand Tour : 2000 cyclists, 6 days, 600 km, camping and camaraderie

Cross-Canada Trip
In 2010, forty cyclists and two guides will be travelling across Canada with Explore by Bike. On the program: 5,300 km in 52 days, 1,500-metre-high mountain passes, wind-blown plains and legs varying from 70 to 185 km per day. Reservations can already be made for 2011!

Overseas Adventures

Explore by Bike proposes 23 routes on the Old Continent, as well as trips to Morocco and Vietnam. France figures prominently on the program, with an impressive offering of destinations. Different excursions are also available in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Greece, Austria, Turkey and Croatia. Not to be missed: exotic Slovenia, the green heart of Europe, and the Bordeaux-Madrid mythic bicycle tour, a 1,000 km route through the Landes forest, the Pays Basque mountains and the cities of Segovia and Madrid. Also, seasoned cyclists will have a chance to take part in a stage of the Tour de France: the Col du Tourmalet.

Need some heat and a change of scenary? Explore by Bike proposes Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico and Florida, as well as different routes in Cuba.

Ask our Explore by Bike travel specialists about departure from your city or look on our website for ground only packages.

For Teens Only

Explore by Bike offers two Breakaway camps for 13 to 17-year-olds: one through the exciting Thousand Islands region and the other one following the magnificent route along the St. Lawrence River, from La Pocatière to the Bic National Park. Breakaway camps are A.C.Q.-certified. A great opportunity for your kids to live a wonderful experience and learn French on two wheels!

For further information
  • Visit us at booth 673 at the Toronto International Bicycle Show and enter the draw to win a weekend of cycling with Explore by Bike!
  • Explore by Bike: 514 521-8356 ext. 506 or 1 800 567-8356 (toll-free)

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Genevieve Beauvais, Public Relations Director, Vélo Québec
514 521-8356 ext. 348 or 1 800 567-8356 (toll-free)

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