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La Traversée de Charlevoix
Mountain biking in Quebec

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With the growing popularity of mountain biking we soon find ourselves searching for more challenging trails to exercise our skills. Situated about 145 kilometers from Quebec City on highway 381 near St. Urbain is the starting point of La Traversée de Charlevoix, the most challenging mountain biking trail east of the Rocky Mountains

Charlevoix was named a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1989 due to its rich culture and its unique ecological diversity. The Charlevoix region covers a massive 2300 square mile area containing magnificent forests and the Laurentian Mountains.

The 100 kilometer trail slices through the mountainous Charlevoix region and should only be attempted by intermediate to advanced cyclists. You should plan on at least 3 nights and 4 days to complete the trail.

Six basic huts are evenly spaced along the route. These are designed for individuals or small groups of 6 to eight people who are self sufficient with their own gear and food. If you wish to ride without your equipment you can stay in the chalets adjacent to each hut and have your gear and food shuttled to each destination. The chalets have wood stoves, propane lighting, and furniture and are close to drinking water.

Expect well trodden but rugged trails as they are left unmaintained. You will cross beautiful valleys which lay at 200 meters above see level and climb to heart pounding peaks of 850 meters.

Autumn is a nice to visit due to the cooler temperatures and unparalleled splashes of color. La Traversée de Charlevoix is not for the beginner but for the mountain bike adventurer that seeks a definite challenge.

Special thanks to Eudore Fortin, president of La Traversée de Charlevoix, for supplying the excellent photos.

Written by Laurie March
Photos courtesy Eudore Fortin

   
 
           
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