The Grand Tour Desjardins 2019

Grand Tour Desjardins

In Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, it’s about thinking big!

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is a larger-than-life experience. A region of rare beauty, its charming 1,000 square-kilometer lake sets all cyclists’ hearts aflutter. Leaving from Saguenay, you will first take the lovely Horst de Kénogami, and then continue in a clockwise direction to conquer the lake via Saint-Bruno, Roberval, Dolbeau-Mistassini and Alma along several sections of the world-famous Véloroute des Bleuets. You will have the pleasure of pedalling for a whole week through an outstanding natural setting of breathtaking vistas and fine sandy beaches, tasting delicious blueberries and other local products and, of course, meeting the friendly locals, who are so proud of their historic region. When they say that in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, it’s big, they’re not exaggerating!

Tour d'un jour (One-Day Tour)
How about participating in a one-day Grand Tour Desjardins around Roberval or Alma? $95/Tour d'un jour.

What is the One-Day Tour?
It consists of 2 one-day looped routes branching out from 2 stopover towns in the Grand Tour Desjardins 2019, namely Roberval and Alma. 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

Optional shuttle by busOptional shuttle by bus
Start your Grand Tour Desjardins gently letting you drive in Saguenay (Chicoutimi). More information to come.

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)


in partnership with Le Lait

August 3 to 9, 2019 - Under the Stars
> Price (taxes included) : $865
August 3 to 5, 2019 - Under the Stars Weekend
> Price (taxes included) : $445
August 3 to 9, 2019 ** - Under the Covers
> Price (taxes included) : starting from $1,425
** Book your vacation as of March 12, 2019
Formula: Major cycling Event
Trip length: 7 days / 6 nights
Level of difficulty: 3+/4

General Conditions

From day to day

Short route: 400 km • Long route: 867 km

Saturday, August 3, rendez-vous at the start site in Saguenay – 534, rue Jacques-Cartier Est, Chicoutimi (Québec) G7H 1Z6 – 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 - Saguenay (Chicoutimi, Laterrière, Jonquière), Héberville, Héberville-Station, Saint-Bruno (68, 86, 87, 99, 105 or 118 km).
Day 2 - Saint-Bruno, Saint-Gédéon, Métabetchouan, Saint-André-du-Lac-Saint-Jean, Chambord, Roberval (85, 97, 101 or 113 km).
Day 3 - Day in loops from Roberval. Route via Saint-Edwidge-de-Roberval, Saint-Prime, Saint-Félicien, Mashteuiatsh (27, 28, 44, 84 or 102 km).
Day 4 - Roberval, Mashteuiatsh, Saint-Prime, Saint-Félicien, Normandin, Albanel, Dolbeau-Mistassini (86, 101, 107, 116, 120 or 131 km).
Day 5 - Dolbeau-Mistassini, Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc, Péribonka, Sainte-Monique, Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, Saint-Cœur-de-Marie, Alma. (92, 103, 110, 121, 122, 133, 140 or 151 km).
Day 6 - Day in loops from Alma. Route via Saint-Bruno, Héberville, Lac-à-la-Croix, Métabetchouan, Saint-Gédéon (25, 45, 78, 94, 99 or 115 km).
Day 7 - Alma, Saint-Nazaire, Labrecque, Bégin, Saint-Ambroise, Saguenay (Shipshaw, Jonquière, Chicoutimi)  (69, 90, 101, 113, 114 or 137 km).

Elevation Profile

The package includes:

The sooner you reserve, the more you save!

Under the Stars package, from August 3 to 9

Price (taxes included)1:
Early registation: $865 through February 18
Regular rate: $910 from February 19 to June 17
Last-minute rate: $995 from June 18
17 years and Under: $545
1 The Under the Stars package includes: 6 nights at campsite, 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 evening meals.

Under the Stars Weekend, from August 3 to 5
Price (taxes included)2:
Early registation: $445 through February 18
Regular rate: $475 from February 19 to June 17
Last-minute rate: $525 from June 18
17 years and Under: $335
2The Under the Stars Weekend package includes: 2 nights at campsite; 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 evening meals; Roberval/Saguenay shuttle.

Share your passion with your kids!
Are your kids under 18? Share your passion with them by taking advantage of the special rates available.
$545 week
$285 weekend

Under the Covers package, from August 3 to 9
Price (taxes included):
Under the Covers4: $1425
Under the Covers plus5: $1575
4The Under the Covers package includes: 6 nights in three to four-star hotels and motel or bed and breakfast and chalet, double occupancy; 6 breakfasts and 7 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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