Bike Le P’tit Train Du Nord

Pack away your mountain biking armour but bring a corkscrew for this genteel 4-5 day ride along a former train track in the beautiful Laurentians. The Ptit Train du Nord is a 200km-long mostly gravel trail takes you through lush countryside, charming villages and abandoned, restored train stations. Shuttles drop off your luggage at B&B’s every day, while refreshments and meals are available in villages along the way. Popular in the summer months, the trail runs between St Jerome and Mont-Laurier.


Length of Trip : 3 – 5 days (depending on how many kilometres you want to chew each day)

Cost : About $150 a night for meals and accommodation. Bus ride to start is $60 per person. Luggage transfers cost around $8 per person.

Best time to go : From June to August. The route turns into a fantastic cross-country ski trail over winter.

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Meals are taken in the villages along the way, which range from small bistros to award-winning restaurants.

Official Site : Check out the trail conditions, they are updated regularly!

Where to Stay : Vacances Laurentides can organize your accommodation, or you can research individual B&B’s in your designated stops along the way.

Getting There : Saint Jerome is an hour’s drive from Montreal. Park your car and take the bus shuttle to the Mont Laurier, arranged beforehand through the Vacances Laurentides

Note from Robin : Wear layers. It can get hot and chilly on the ride, and weather can change quickly. Saddle bags are especially handy for cameras, snacks and personals.




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