The Grand Tour Desjardins 2016

Grand Tour Desjardins

Bike in concert with the Ottawa River!

Biking…summer…holidays: sounds good! Along the Ottawa River: music to the ears!  Take the time. Enjoy a change of scene. Choose your own pace. Pedal vivace or adagio toward Gatineau. Savour the pleasure of cycling through Papineauville and Montebello. Jazz up the schedule with an interlude in Lachute. Tempting, right? So join the chorus of a thousand and one cyclists in the 2016 Grand Tour Desjardins at the departure point of Plantagenet, in Prescott-Russell County, the most francophone region in Ontario. 
And to ensure that it is orchestrated as harmoniously as possible, this year’s edition will focus on flexibility: spending two nights in each of the three stopover town will give you maximum freedom to organize your trip as you please, with time for exertion, relaxation and discovery. Drum roll… let the musical ride begin!

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

NEW Tour d'un jour (One-Day Tour)
How about participating in a one-day Grand Tour Desjardins around Gatineau, Papineauville/Montebello or Lachute? Register now at 514-521-8356, Ext. 506: $125/One-Day Tour

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 2016, namely Gatineau, Papineauville/Montebello and Lachute. 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 Plantagenet, from Montréal. Reserve now.
Optional shuttle by bus
Shuttle departure: Cégep André-Laurendeau, Montréal (LaSalle). Parking fee for the week: $35/car.
Round-trip (Montréal/Plantagenet and Plantagenet/Montréal): $90
One way (Montréal/Plantagenet): $48
Return August 12 (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/Saint-Lambert): $48

Saturday, August 6, from Montréal: departure at 7 a.m.
Registration of participant and bicycle: between 6:15 and 6:45 a.m.
The trip between Montréal and Plantagenet takes 1.5 hr.

Monday, August 6 (weekend package), from Papineauville/Montebello: departure at 7 p.m.
The trip between Papineauville/Montebello and Plantagenet takes 1 hr.

Friday, August 12, from Plantagenet: departure at 4 p.m.
The trip between Plantagenet and Montréal takes 1.5 hr.

in partnership with Cantons de l'Est
Tourisme Outaouais Formedica Ville de Gatineau Tourisme Outaouais Ville de Gatineau Formedica
August 6 to 12, 2016 - Under the Stars
> Price (taxes included) : $945
August 6 to 8, 2016 - Under the Stars Weekend
> Price (taxes included) : $505
August 6 to 12, 2016 - Under the Covers
> Price (taxes included) : starting from $1,425
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: 335 km • Long route : 938 km

Saturday, August 6, rendez-vous at the start site in Plantagenet (Catholic High School Plantagenet) 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.

Day 1 - Plantagenet, Wendover, Clarence-Rockland, Ottawa, Gatineau (85, 104, 105 or 124 km).
Day 2 - Day in loops from Gatineau. Route via Chelsea, La Pêche, Cantley (40, 84, 94, 99, 102, 111 or 140 km).
Day 3 - Gatineau, Cantley, Val-des-Monts, L'Ange-Gardien, Lochaber, Thurso, Plaisance, Papineauville (77, 99, 100, 105 or 128 km).
Day 4 - Day in loops from Papineauville/Montebello. Route via Saint-André-Avellin, Ripon, Montpellier, Lac-Simon, Chénéville, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Montebello (51, 82, 92, 123 or 133 km).
Day 5 - Papineauville, Montebello, Fassett, Calumet, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Harrington, Brownsburg-Chatham, Lachute (88, 110, 114 or 136 km).
Day 6 - Day in loops from Lachute. Route via Gore, Mille-Isles, Bellefeuille (Saint-Jérôme), Saint-Colomban, Mirabel (65, 86, 107, 109, 114 or 137 km).
Day 7 - Lachute, Saint-André-d'Argenteuil, Brownsburg-Chatham, Grenville, Hawkesbury, L'Orignal (Champlain), Lefaivre, Alfred, Plantagenet (85, 108, 115 or 140 km).

The package includes:

Under the Stars package, from August 6 to 12

Price (taxes included)1: $945
17 years and Under: $595
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 6 to 8
Price (taxes included)2: $505
17 years and Under: $315
2The Under the Stars Weekend package includes: 2 nights at campsite; 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 evening meals; Papineauville/Plantagenet shuttle.

Under the Covers package, from August 6 to 12
This package will go on sale on March 15. You can reserve by telephone or in person at Vélo Québec Voyages. Package available in the week format only.
Price (taxes included):
Under the Covers3: $1425
Under the Covers plus4: $1575
3The Under the Covers package includes: 6 nights in three- to four-star motels and hotels or in luxurious chalet, double occupancy; 6 breakfasts and 7 lunches.
4The 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:
  • baggage transportation (one bag per person, camping gear included. Weight limits: 22 kg Under the Stars package; 15 kg Under the Covers package.
  • support on the road;
  • mechanical assistance and access to relief vehicules;
  • activities at the Village;
  • a participant’s booklet with daily routes and tourist information ;
  • taxes;
  • the $1 contribution per $1,000 of services purchased to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents.
  • Equipment (e.g. tent, bicycle, etc.) is not included.
About the Grand Tour Desjardins
  • Look at the photo album of the 2016 edition. Relive this great experience around the Ottawa River via Le déchaîné.
  • Live 2 minutes of the Grand Tour Desjardins ... Imagine one week!

In the media
Read the story of Dan Dakin, "Club Med on two wheels coming to Niagara", published July 28, 2014 in
Read the story of Henry Stancu, "Vélo Québec holds Grand Tour Desjardins in Niagara", published March 14, 2014 in

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