Distance

Distance4

456km

% Unpaved

Gravel2

86%

Ascent

Elevation2

4634m

High Point

High Point3

488m

Difficulty

Difficulty2

5/10

Rivière-du-Loup Loop

It must be stated, and stressed, that although this route has been plotted and I feel as though it is a viable route, it has NOT YET been ridden and tested. There is a good chance that some of the route is plotted on ATV trails and will need corrections to be done before it is complete. If you decide to ride this route prior to this note being edited, I would love your feedback and any re-routing you were required to do. Much appreciated. Chris

The Rivière-du-Loup Loop is a 450km loop in the Bas-Saint-Laurent (Lower St. Larenence). This is the part of the St. Laurence River that widens out East of Quebec City. It is mostly encompassed by the Appalachian Mountain range, the oldest mountain range in N. America. 

Along the route you will ride the Route Verte #8, gravel roads, paved roads, and back roads crossing up and over the Appalachian Mountain range. While not overly large this can provide a challenge at any time. From gnarly loose gravel climbs, puddles after rain, and mud in the lesser used forest roads, this route can provide a challenge to all. Add to that the humidity of the summer season, mosquitos and blackflies, minimal re-supply options for large sections of the route, necessitating substantial planning and preparation so as not to put oneself at risk. This is the kind of adventure you will not likely forget.

The route has been planned and plotted, but not yet ridden by myself or anyone I know. Some sections of the route follow those of the Quebec Bikepacking Traverse, but otherwise the route is unchecked. If you happen to go out and ride the route and want to provide an update, please reach out to me at bike@bikepackadventures.ca 

This route was developed by Chris Panasky, creator of the Bike Tour Adventures Podcast

The Rivière-du-Loup Loop was created by the team at Bikepack Adventures as part of a series of loops through the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s sharing on this website is for informational purposes only.

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Chris

Traveller. Cyclist. Expat. Over 15 years experience living abroad in six different countries. I've travelled to over 40+ countries and met countless travellers, cyclists, and other expats. As a passionate cyclist I've had opportunities to bike tour in some truly amazing places. While definitely not an expert at bike touring, I'm passionate about sharing bike touring stories and helping others learn hacks, tricks, and techniques to improve their touring experience. I look forward to you joining me on this journey of learning about and becoming a better bike tourist.

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