Northwest Quebec Explorer
Northwest Quebec was once a part of Canada where only the hardiest of men went. They went to work as miners, lumberjacks, log drivers and more. Fast forward a couple hundred years and it is now bikepackers that are the tough men and women taking on the challenges of Quebec by riding the Northwest Quebec Explorer.
The beautiful thing about the Northwest Quebec Explorer (NWQE) is that there are so many places where one could start riding the loop. Originally created as a means of connecting the Grande-O (Outaouais Loop) to the Trouble in Tremblant Loop, it has since developed into a legit challenge of its own. Taking the rider through the Papineau-Labelle Nature Reserve, across rail-trail, onto Devil Mountain single-track trails and through rugged ATV trails as you make you way through the regional park, beautiful gravel roads leading you to Maniwaki after which you will ride a combination of rail-trail, gravel roads and single-track as you wind your way back towards Gracefield.
- Papineau Labelle Nature Reserve: This epic area of lakes and wilderness will challenge your bike handling abilities as you ride on roads littered with loose gravel and fist-sized rocks.
- Petit Train du Nord: Ride an epic rail-trail that goes from Montreal to Mont Laurier. While large sections of it are paved, I consider as unpaved, since it’s not on the road and is a safe way to ride and explore.
- Montagne du Diable Regional Park: Devils Mountain is a regional park with a great area of single and double track, as well as ATV trails, hiking trails and more. There is a daily user fee that should be paid to ride the trails.
- Covered Bridges: This regions has many covered bridges that are historically significant and make for great photo opportunities.
- Lac des Cèdres: A beautiful area full of trails between the big and small lake. A great little break from the gravel roads and hills you are riding in the area.
Northwest Quebec Explorer Gallery
Fastest Known Time (FKT)
The Fastest Known Time is the record for the fastest finisher of a specific route, with the clock starting the moment the rider begins and ending when the rider crosses the finish line of the route. For a FKT record, the rider must ride every single inch of the route, without assistance that is not reasonably available to all other riders.
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