Piste cyclable Soulanges

Piste cyclable Soulanges
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A trail rich in heritage

C’est au Parc des ancres que le point de départ a lieu. Apportez un lunch pour faire un pique-nique et visitez un musée à ciel ouvert. Le long du parcours, vous vous familiarisez avec l’ingénierie et l’architecture des écluses. Découvrez l’ancienne centrale hydroélectrique du canal de Soulanges communément appelé Petit Pouvoir. Besoin d’une pause? Arrêtez-vous au parc Thomas-Monro pour contempler l’embouchure Ouest du canal et admirez le paysage. Faites la pause et, si le cœur vous en dit, continuez en direction de Rivière-Beaudette sur la piste cyclable. La beauté du nautisme ne manquera pas!

From Pointe-des-Cascades to Rivière-Beaudette

Time

½ day

# of stops

6 stops

Distance

35 km

Stops

  • 1 Parc des Ancres de Pointe-des-Cascades
  • 2 Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac
  • 3 Crème et cie
  • 4 L'Embouchure
  • 5 Plage de Saint-Zotique
  • 6 Ferme La Belle et ses bêtes

Parc des Ancres de Pointe-des-Cascades 1

76, Chemin du Canal Pointe-des-Cascades Québec

450-455-3414

Centrally located at Lock #3 of the Soulanges Canal, Anchor Park is home to more than 100 anchors of all different sizes, shapes, and colours. This open-air musuem is open year-round, and is the perfect spot to get started on your visit to this charming municipality and its maritime history. The park is found at the eastern gate of Soulanges Canal bike path, so stop by before or after your bike ride to complete a great day outdoors. Now you know where to drop anchor!

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Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac 2

308-A, Chemin du Fleuve Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

450-763-5631

The region’s one and only Parks Canada site, the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, showcases Canada’s first lock canal and the remains of a War of 1812 fort. History goes even further back, as the location was heavily used for portages by First Nations’ peoples looking to avoid the rapids to the south. All in all, the site brings together over 7,000 years of history on the banks of Lac-Saint-François. It’s just the sort of place where children and people of all ages can get a real sense of Canadian history. Situated on the beautiful Soulanges canal, a treat for cyclists of all skill levels, the heritage park is also close to the charming old-fashioned village of Coteau-du-Lac. Every Saturday, the historical site hosts a thriving farmer’s market featuring local food and art, music, shows, and plenty of surprises. The Canada Day activities and fireworks are some of the best around, so be sure to check them out!

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Crème et cie 3

309, Chemin du Fleuve Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

450-308-1101

Happiness is guaranteed at Crème et cie! Just across from the Coteau-du-Lac historic site, your ice cream treat is waiting. Try our delicious homemade sorbets and gelati. Quality is our commitment, meaning we use only fresh fruit and natural flavours. We have a growing list of flavours, and now offer Belgian chocolate dips in white chocolate, dark chocolate, and everything in between (like caramel-flavoured milk chocolate!).

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L'Embouchure 4

20, Chemin du Fleuve Coteau-du-Lac Québec J0P 1B0

450-424-2262

At the west mouth of the Soulanges Canal, the lovely park is a place to rest, enjoy the scenery, walk along the water's edge and do some birdwatching. To complete your experience, a picnic and rest area invites you to take a break with friends and family. The park is close to many amenities, including the Soulanges Canal bike path, a public pool, and trails to the old locks and the Coteau-du-Lac lighthouse. Did you know the bridge is lit up at night? Public toilets are easily accessible at nearby park. Activities are planned for this summer, so check canaldesoulanges.ca for more details.

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Plage de Saint-Zotique 5

105, 81e Avenue Saint-Zotique Québec J0P 1Z0

450-267-3003

Everyone's favourite beach can be found in charming Saint-Zotique, nestled between highway 20 and the St. Lawrence River. A family destination for years, the Plage de Saint-Zotique prides itself on its clean, accessible areas for picnics, swimming, volleyball, and all sorts of water sports. Paddle boats, canoes and kayaks are all available to keep the fun going. Of course, no beach is complete without snack-bar and ice cream parlour, and Saint-Zotique has both to offer! Do not miss this beach whether you're a local or a visitor. Summers are short in Québec and we have to get every fun moment we can out of them!

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Ferme La Belle et ses bêtes 6

95, Chemin Houle Rivière-Beaudette Québec J0P 1R0

514-779-1796

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