Get all geared up
If this is your first time tackling mountain biking, you’re probably going to end up going the rental route. Mont Saint-Sauveur has a full fleet of rental bikes and the MEC Laval store also has some Intense demo bikes available. Whatever bike you show up with, you’ll want to make sure it’s light and responsive but able to handle even the toughest of trails.
The park has packages available that will set you up with a bike, lift pass and protective gear. If you do eat dirt, it’ll hurt less with the right gear.
Before you drop into any trail, you’ll want to do a quick maintenance check of your bike and your own gear. Whether you’re sticking to the green lines or braving some of the more daunting tracks, no one wants to walk their bike halfway home because of a loose bolt or whacked out handlebars. It’s also a good idea to bring along a basic repair kit for any unexpected surprises.
Set yourself up for success
When it comes to mountain biking, there’s no shame in being a beginner, so if you’re new to riding just take your time. Mont Saint-Sauveur is home to some beautiful newbie-friendly trails like Stolen Golden, which lets you cruise at your own pace and gain some confidence as you get used to your bike and the trails. You start out on a bit of a plateau at the top and the descent is more gradual with longer winding trails that avoid the steeper treeline sections.
Drop in a little deeper
Once you’ve got your groove on and you’re ready to try something a little more challenging, Bacon Strip is one of the blue lines and requires a little bit more technical skill (not advised for a complete beginner). You’re going to be getting a bit more speed, some tighter turns and a little more challenging landscape here.
If you’re a seasoned rider, you’ve got a few options when it comes to tracks that’ll give you a run for your money. Machete and Simple Pleasures are the park’s black diamond runs, and Chainsaw Massacre the only double-black. These trails offer some hairpin turns and a chance to get some air.
Get some R and R
After you’ve made it through a day of downhill tracks, it’s officially chill time. Head into the town of Saint Sauveur to find a ton of options for some grub. Au Petit Café Chez Denise is well-known among locals for their killer breakfasts if you’d rather fuel up on your way into the park. If you’re heading out at the end of the day, Ye Olde Orchard serves up great pub food and live music almost every night of the week.