Cycling in Quebec City

One of the most enjoyable times that Justin and I shared in Quebec City was riding bicycles along the St. Lawrence River. We were able to rent the bicycles by the hour for no cost from our hotel, Hotel 71. However, if you are unable to rent or borrow bicycles from where you’re staying, there are several bicycle rental companies throughout Quebec City to check out. Our hotel was located near Old Port and the St. Lawrence River, which proved to be an optimal spot for cycling.

There was a path that ran right along the St. Lawrence River, beside Boulevard Champlain. We rode past the spot where the ferry boats and cruise ships docked. This was the only place on the path where things could get a little bit congested if passengers were boarding the boats. Otherwise, the traffic along the paved path was fairly minimal.

Once we peddled past some shops and restaurants of Basse-Ville, Vieux Quebec (Lower Town, Old Quebec), we enjoyed views of interesting homes with winding staircases that were built against the rocky cliffs that divided the Upper Town and the Lower Town. On the other side, we had gorgeous views of the deep blue river.

Once we started riding by industrial areas and shipyards, we turned around and rode back in the direction from which we came. We continued along the Corridor du Littoral, the urban bike path in the Old Port area of town. We saw the Old Port Market, but didn’t get to go inside as it was closed at the time – something to do for the next time we’re in Quebec City!

Riding a bike around town with the gentle breeze on my face was such a wonderful feeling! It was a great break from all of the walking we had been doing while still getting some exercise. It was a new perspective of the city, and we were happy being able to see some different views from the bike path.

Access to the bike path was really easy and simple to find – just head towards the water! You can also ride your bike on any city streets, but just be careful and mindful of the traffic/pedestrians if you choose to do this. I highly recommend using the paved cycling paths as it makes for a smooth ride and you don’t have to worry much about cars or road traffic. There are also lots of lovely spots to cycle near Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans, among others. We both highly recommend going cycling in Quebec City!


24 Responses

  1. Esther
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    Cool! As a Dutch person I always appreciate cities where travel by bike is made easy!
    Thanx for hosting the linkup!

  2. WorldWideVegetarian
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    Cute photos! I love the last “selfie.” Bike tours are a great way to see the city, and the route you took looks like a very picturesque way to visit Quebec City! Your photos make me want to visit next time I am in Canada 🙂 and, thanks for hosting the linkup! Reading travel stories is a great way to start the weekend.

  3. Jenna
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    Fun! I always love cycling, but just don’t do it often enough. And, Quebec looks like a great town to ride around, especially with the bike paths–they are always great to have! I don’t like to deal with traffic and pedestrians when cycling!

  4. Mytanfeet
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    This looks super fun! Nice relaxed biking, just the way I like it. I love riding bikes around a city to get good views!

  5. Anna | slightly astray
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    Cute! I love cycling too, but sadly I don’t get to do it that much (D does not seem to be a fan). But it’s so much easier than walking everywhere!

  6. The Crowded Planet
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    Looks like the perfect city to tour around by bike. Unfortunately here in Milan bike paths are few and far between, it’s always nice to read about places where biking is easy.

  7. Antonette Spaan
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    It seems like biking gets more and more popular all around the world these days… I can’t believe how much this has changed over the years. Where we’re from everybody cycles everywhere but when traveling it was hard fpr us to find a way to get around other than public transport.Quebec City seems like a great place to get those pedals going!

  8. Christine Messina
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    Looks like a fun day!

    • Lauren
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      It was a really fun few hours for sure! And a great trip overall.

  9. Karyn @ Not Done Travelling
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    Looks like you had so much fun! I’m not very good at cycling but it’s the perfect way to see a city whilst staying healthy and eco-friendly.

  10. Raphael Alexander Zoren
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    Cycling is always a good way to explore a new city!
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  11. Carmen (CarmensTravelTips)
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    I’ve never been to Quebec, it’s on my bucket list. Just from seeing your pictures it makes me want to go now. I’m impressed by how wide the bike lines are.
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  12. Arnie
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    Without a question, cycling is my favorite way of getting around! Looks like you guys had a great time in Quebéc City.

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