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!