The Grand Tour Desjardins 2018

Grand Tour Desjardins 2019
As of mid-December, discover the destination of the next edition, which will take place from August 3rd to 9th.

Savour the moment in the Lower St. Lawrence

Imagine the menu! Your entrée is a week-long holiday in the magnificent region of the Lower St. Lawrence, with the sole purpose of biking, having fun and living in the moment. The main course consists of a 100-km riverside excursion between La Pocatière and Rimouski, via Rivière-du-Loup and Trois-Pistoles, with forays into the regions of Kamouraska, Les Basques and Rimouski-Neigette on a variety of different routes. Then for dessert, you will be rewarded for the many kilometers pedalled uphill and down dale by attentive caterers who will ensure that your appetite is satisfied, in keeping with the Grand Tour Desjardins's long tradition of combining physical activity and good food. Chef Jean Soulard will act as ambassador of this 25th edition. Wonderful route, great meals and the fresh air of the St. Lawrence… what a winning recipe!

Jean Soulard, Ambassador of the 25th edition
“When I participated in the Grand Tour Desjardins for the first time last year, I was very impressed by how efficiently it was organized, the quality of the meals served by the caterers and the happy faces of the participants. This year, I am pleased to accept the invitation to act as ambassador of this 25th GTD, where we will once again marry the pleasures of staying active and eating well.”
Chef Emeritus and popular media figure, Jean Soulard oversaw the kitchens of the Château Frontenac for 20 twenty years and published the book Le Soulard des sportifs. In November 2017, he was awarded an honorary degree by the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) for his outstanding contribution to the Québec food service industry.

175 km by bike: An optional challenge to cap off the 25th edition
Over already? If so inclined, you can opt to bike the return leg of your tour. However, you must maintain a minimum average of 25 km/h (considering prevailing westerly winds) and start off before 7:30 a.m. on Friday, August 10.
An information meeting will be held on Friday, August 8 at 6 p.m., at which time you can confirm your participation and reserve and pay for your lunch, which will be distributed at a pre-determined location along the route. Since there will be no lunch stop or rest stop, only limited supervision and just one available GPS route, this optional challenge is designed for seasoned cyclists.

Otherwise, take advantage of the Rimouski-La Pocatière shuttle included in your package.

If you decide to bike, note that the Collège Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatière site will no longer be accessible on the evening of Friday, August 10th. It will not be possible to camp or leave your vehicle in the parking lot. For information on accommodation and parking, please contact Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent.

Want a taste of the route?
Refer to the topographic profiles.

Tour d'un jour (One-Day Tour)
How about participating in a one-day Grand Tour Desjardins around Rivière-du-Loup, Trois-Pistoles or Rimouski? $125/One-Day Tour.
Contact us to find out what is available.

What is the One-Day Tour?
It consists of 3 one-day looped routes branching out from 3 stopover towns in the Grand Tour Desjardins 2017, namely Rivière-du-Loup, Trois-Pistoles and Rimouski. Here is the schedule for each One-Day Tour:
  • 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. – Arrival of One-Day Tour cyclists
  • 8:15 a.m. – Information session (optional)
  • 8 :45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Departure at your own pace*
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Lunch at the rest stop
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Arrival at the Village. Opportunity to take advantage of the various services and activities available in the Village, including access to the Bistro, showers, yoga sessions, etc.
  • 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Dinner in the Village  
* To allow everyone to take part, each One-Day Tour offers routes of different lengths, including one of about 50 km.
Registration fees for the One-Day Tour include:
Parking, on-road supervision (information session, mechanical assistance, first aid, relief vehicle, etc.), lunch at the rest stop or in the Village, dinner in the Village, as well as access to the various services and activities.

Opt for the tent rental serviceOpt for the tent rental service
So that you can focus solely on your vacation, the Grand Tour Desjardins is offering the tent rental service.
Opt for the tent rental service
The Grand Tour Desjardins is offering the tent rental service. It includes a tent, pitching and dismantling each day that we change stopover towns, as well as delivery of your baggage inside your tent. Excluding sleeping bags and pads.

Price per tent, one-week package (taxes included):
For 1 or 2 people: $395
For 3 or 4 people: $595

Shuttle by bus included
Note that the cost of the Rimouski/La Pocatière shuttle is included in all the 7-day packages of the 25th Grand Tour Desjardins. Note that the weekend package also includes the shuttle Trois-Pistoles/La Pocatière Monday, August 6 at 19 p.m. (duration 1:15).

Optional shuttle by bus
Shuttle departure: Collège Champlain, Saint-Lambert (south of Montréal). Parking fee: $6/day, $42 for the week.
Round-trip (Saint-Lambert/La Pocatière and Rimouski/Saint-Lambert): $95
One way (Saint-Lambert/La Pocatière): $55
Return August 10 (Rimouski/Saint-Lambert): $55

Saturday, August 4, at College Champlain in Saint-Lambert: departure at 6 a.m.
Registration of participant and bicycle: between 5:30 and 6 a.m.
The trip between Saint-Lambert and La Pocatière takes 3:30 hours.

Friday, August 10, from Rimouski: departure at 9 a.m.
The trip between Rimouski and Saint-Lambert takes 5:30 hours (+break for dinner)

Consult the list of carpooling offers

Want to arrive in La Pocatière the day before the event?

On Friday, August 3, the Collège Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatière will be able to accommodate you as of 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. A campground will be reserved for Grand Tour Desjardins participants. The flat fee of $15 per tent ($25 as of August 1st)* includes access to the school’s toilettes and showers. If you book by July 31, you will also be able to enjoy your Saturday breakfast in the cafeteria, between 6 am and 8:30 am, at a cost of $ 10, taxes included. Reservation:
*Parking extra : $20. Payable on the spot in cash.

A piece of history
Relive the first Grand Tour Desjardins in 1994, a turning point in the evolution of bike touring in Québec, by reading the articles by Pierre Foglia in La Presse.

Formula: Major cycling Event
Trip length: 7 days / 6 nights
Level of difficulty: 3+ à 4

General Conditions

Le Déchaîné

Share the same passion

From day to day

Short route: 230 km • Long route: 962 km

Saturday, August 4, rendez-vous at the start site in La Pocatière – Collège Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatière, 100, 4e Avenue, La Pocatière (Québec) G0R 1Z0 – between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. You can leave your car on the site for the week. Parking costs $20 for the week, payable upon admission to the lot. Then you take the road.

Day 1 - La Pocatière, Saint-Pacôme, Rivière-Ouelle, Saint-Denis-de-la-Bouteillerie, Kamouraska, Saint-Germain, Saint-André, Notre-Dame-du-Portage, Rivière-du-Loup (71, 82, 89, 95, 101, 107, 114, 125 km).
Day 2 - Day in loops from Rivière-du-Loup. Route via Cacouna, L’Isle-Verte, Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix, Saint-Épiphane, Saint-Modeste (32, 35, 84, 87, 99, 102, 105, 117, 121, 133, 136 km).
Day 3 - Rivière-du-Loup, Saint-Épiphane, Saint-François-Xavier-de-Viger, Saint-Clément, Saint-Jean-de-Dieu, Trois-Pistoles (85, 95, 107, 110, 119, 131 km).
Day 4 - Day in loops from Trois-Pistoles. Route via Sainte-Françoise, Saint-Médard, Saint-Guy, Lac-des-Aigles, Sainte-Rita, Saint-Jean-de-Dieu (43, 62, 83, 113, 125, 133, 146 km).
Day 5 - Trois-Pistoles, Saint-Mathieu, Saint-Fabien, Le Bic, Rimouski (75, 77, 88, 95, 98, 109 km).
Day 6 - Day in loops from Rimouski. Route via Pointe-au-Père, Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer, Sainte-Flavie, Grand-Métis, Mont-Joli, Luceville, Saint-Anaclet (25, 43, 84, 105, 110, 120, 130, 140 km).
Day 7 - Return by bus between Rimouski and La Pocatière. Optional challenge of 175 km cycling between Rimouski and La Pocatière to conclude the 25th edition.

Want a taste of the route?
Refer to the topographic profiles.

The package includes:

The sooner you reserve, the more you save!

Under the Stars package, from August 4 to 10

Price (taxes included)1:
Last-minute rate: $995 from June 19
17 years and Under: $615
1 The Under the Stars package includes: 6 nights at campsite, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 evening meals; Rimouski/La Pocatière shuttle.

Under the Stars Weekend, from August 4 to 6
Price (taxes included)2:
Last-minute rate: $530 from June 19
17 years and Under: $335
2The Under the Stars Weekend package includes: 2 nights at campsite; 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 evening meals; Trois-Pistoles/La Pocatière shuttle (departure at 7 p.m. on August 6).

Share your passion with your kids!
Are your kids under 18? Share your passion with them by taking advantage of the special rates available.
$615 week
$335 weekend

Under the Covers plus Weekend, from August 4 to 6
Price (taxes included)3 : $795
3Under the Covers plus Weekend includes:
 2 nights in four-star hotels, double occupancy; 2 breakfasts at the hotel, 3 lunches, 3 evening meals at the campsite; Trois-Pistoles/La Pocatière shuttle (departure at 7 p.m. on August 6).

Under the Covers package, from August 4 to 10
Price (taxes included):
Under the Covers4: $1445
Under the Covers plus5: $1595
4The Under the Covers package includes: 6 nights in four-star hotels, two-star motel or bed and breakfast, double occupancy; 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches.
5The Under the Covers plus package includes: all of the services comprising the Under the Covers package plus the 6 evening meals at the campsite.

All Grand Tour Desjardins packages include:

About the Grand Tour Desjardins
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