Getting geared up
Bring clothes that work both on and off the bike. Think light, comfortable and with good sun coverage. You’ll need a helmet and waterproof layers too. For long rides, invest in cycling shoes and gloves. And don’t forget other essentials like your bike repair kit, snacks, lights, water, sunscreen and sunglasses.
Rest along the way
The Chemin du Roy stretches from Repentigny to Quebec City. If you’re up to ride the entire trail, it will be a multi-day endeavour (it’s over 250km) but are plenty of places to stay along the way. Some spots, like Appart Hotel Trois-Rivières, are very cycle-friendly and can help map out a route or recommend local things to check out. Or if you’re bike touring with camping gear, there are several towns en route with campgrounds. Try Camping Panoramique for a great view of the Portneuf pier.
Go short or go long
If you want to explore a part of the trail in a day, try the area around Portneuf. Cycling north takes you through the villages of Deschambault-Grondines, Cap-Santé and Neuville in just under 30km. Expect to see some of the prettiest villages in the province; they have riverfront heritage homes and old churches.
For a longer cycle, head south to Trois-Rivières (about 75km from Portneuf, or 100km from Neuville if you want to take it all in). Reward yourself with a pick-me-up pastry from Boulangerie Guay in the southern end of Trios-Riveries.
See the sights
You’ll need to take breaks, and luckily, there’s no bad place to stop. The area is full of farm-to-table restaurants, cheese shops, wineries, boutiques and artist studios. Don’t miss the old windmill at Deschambault-Grondines; it was built in 1674.