Mont Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, QC, Canada
Driving time from Quebec City
Trails to ride
100km cross-country, 25km downhill, 9km all-mountain
1 big one
Hitch a ride
While it’s convenient to pack all your gear in the car, there’s a great alternative you might want to consider. A round-trip shuttle leaves daily from Sainte Foy and downtown Quebec City and heads to Mont-Sainte-Anne. This will save you gas money and give you a chance to scope out the Laurentians on your way up to the mountain. Bear in mind that you need to book the shuttle ahead of time, either online or by phone. Visit the website to get contact info, schedules and fares.
Make sure you have all your gear before you head up. Bike and equipment rentals are available at Mont-Sainte-Anne if you’re missing anything.
Stay on track
Mont-Sainte-Anne is home to a world-class DH course, but also has a variety of other trails that appeal to mountain bikers into different styles of riding. Choose a cross-country route such as L’Avenue Royale or Le Sentier du Moulin for an awesome all-around workout. The cross-country trail network spans abput 110km, so you’ll want to download the MTB Project app so that you know where you are at all times.
Going down in style
The highlight of your trip will no doubt be the downhill trails. It’s worth noting that during the high season, from June 25 to September 5, they’re closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The rest of the time, you can ride down these routes from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Trails such as La Vietnam feel like a ride at a theme park – thrilling, yet relaxed – whereas technical trails like La Coupe du Monde are a bit more advanced and require some serious skills.
When you’re ready to refuel after your ride, check out one of the many snack shacks along the highway. They’re worth the stop.