Quebec: Cycling - Mountain Biking
The crown jewel of French Canada
Quebec has some impressive cycling network of bicycle paths. There are more than 3400 km of cycling paths in the province. Cycling between regions is a great way to see Quebec's countryside and accommodation is often found nearby. Ten years ago Montreal was rated the number one cycling city in North America. Montreal itself boasts over 300 km of bike routes and paths located on the island and more than double that in the surrounding region. Montreal offers bikes for rent from self-service Bixi kiosks, modelled on Paris' successful Velib system.
Bicycles are permitted on the Metro except during rush hour, or speical event days such as the Tour de l'Ile and Fireworks Festival. The Deux-Montagnes and Rigaud lines of the commuter trains permit bicycles. Bike repair shops can be found throughout Montreal and Quebec City such as Right to Move which provides assistance for do it yourself repairs at a lower cost. Bicycles can be rented at the Maison des Cyclistes on Rachel Street East in Montreal as well as the Old Port, and Parc Jean Drapeau. Find bikes to rent at the Old Port in Quebec City. Maps of cycling paths in Quebec can be found at tourist bureaus.