Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé Peninsula En liberté

The estuary takes you from Rivière-du-Loup to Matane, where eventually, in the words of Jacques Ferron, “la mer […] mêle les eaux et le ciel” (the sea […] marries water and sky). This poetic world tides, lighthouses, seals and whales offers many points of interest. See the waterfalls in Rivière-du-Loup or the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges church in Trois-Pistoles. Pedal along the sea coast paths in Rimouski or through the English Gardens in Grand-Métis. In Sainte-Flavie, marvel at Marcel Gagnon’s sculpted figures emerging from the sea or, in Saint-Ulric, the woodcarver’s house, a mix of folk and pop art. River and bike: the perfect getaway/discovery duo!

En liberté formula: a more flexible adventure
Before your departure, as for our other formulas, we plan everything: transportation, accommodations, meals and, of course, our exclusive itineraries. Once at your destination, however, you have more freedom organizing your day.

The En liberté bike trip experience is designed for independent cyclists on the route. By opting for this formula, without a guide or relief vehicle, you will receive all the information you need to ensure that your trip goes smoothly, as well as the daily itineraries. The latter propose routes of interest around certain stopover cities, chosen for their offer of services and their accommodations. The En liberté formula - a different kind of adventure that still has the Vélo Québec Voyages touch.

Travelling En liberté means...
  • Being able to choose your departure date and destination from our wide choice of itineraries
  • Travelling as a couple, with family or friends
Photo credit: François Poirier, Didier Bertrand, Diane Dufresne et Yvan Monette

Departure date of your choice

Price of land portion (taxes included) :
    starting from $1,235 / person
Formula: En liberté
Trip length: 6 days / 5 nights
Level of difficulty: 3 to 3+

VQV Formula also available

General Conditions

Options for serving you better
Delayed departure or return, single occupancy, travel insurance, bike rental (for several destinations) and much more: ask our consultants!

From day to day

Short route: 210 km • Long route: 353 km

Day 1 - Arrival in Rivière-du-Loup. Looped route via Saint-Arsène, l'Isle-Verte, Cacouna (49 or 75 km). Optional route via Saint-Eloi (50 or 77 km).
Day 2 - Rivière-du-Loup, Saint-Épiphane, Saint-François-Xavier-de-Viger, Saint-Clément, Saint-Jean-de-Dieu, Trois-Pistoles (42 ou 81 km).
Day 3 - Trois-Pistoles, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux, Saint-Fabien, Le Bic, Rimouski (71 or 75 km).
Day 4 - Rimouski, Saint-Anaclet-de-Lessard, Mont-Joli, Price, Sainte-Flavie (31 or 57 km).
Day 5 - Sainte-Flavie, Saint-Octave-de-Métis, Métis-sur-Mer, Les Boules, Saint-Ulric, Matane (65 km).
Day 6 - Transfer from Matane to Rivière-du-Loup  (2.5 hrs).

Elevation Profile

The package includes:

  • 5 nights in two- to four- star hotel or inn (double occupancy);
  • 5 breakfasts;
  • parking place in Rivière-du-Loup;
  • baggage transportation between stopover cities (one bag per person, 20-kg maximum);
  • transfer between  Matane à Rivière-du-Loup;
  • a plan of bike routes in the form of GPX data and electronic maps;
  • information to ensure that the trip goes smoothly: contact details and phone numbers of the carriers at destination, bike stores, phone number in case of an emergency, etc.;
  • taxes;
  • protection from the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (CFCTA) $ 3.50 per $ 1,000 starting November 1, 2021.

Not included: equipment, such as a bicycle; the presence of a guide; mechanical assistance and access to a relief vehicle; costs of a mechanical or physical mishap.

Start/Finish : Rivière-du-Loup
Transportation to the starting point is not included.

You wish to modify your stay or combine different itineraries from those offered by Vélo Québec Voyages? Contact our travel advisors to see the options available to you.

Vélo Québec Voyages est une agence de voyages accréditée, fondée en 1995. Elle propose 70 destinations à vélo au Québec et à travers le monde, et fait voyager quelque 6000 vacanciers chaque année.

We are currently receiving a high volume of calls, the team is doing its best to handle the requests. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you on the starting line of your next trip.

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