Une escapade sur la Piste cyclable Soulanges

Famille à vélo sur la piste cyclable Soulanges qui longe le canal.
crédit: Valérie Sangin

A trail rich in heritage

Préparez-vous pour une journée de découvertes à vélo! Traversant le Parc du canal de Soulanges, cette piste cyclable de 35 km vous propose un trajet facile sur une piste asphaltée, idéale pour une escapade en famille! Le long du parcours vous découvrirez quelques vestiges historiques liés au canal, tels les phares d'alignements, les écluses et même une ancienne centrale hydroélectrique. Besoin d’une pause? Arrêtez-vous pour contempler la nature et l'histoire au Lieu historique national de Coteau-du-Lac, dégustez une crème glacée, rafraîchissez-vous à la plage ou visitez une petite ferme. Terminez la journée à l'une des extrémités du canal, au Village des Écluses ou à l'Embouchure, pour profiter d'un repas au bord de l'eau et d'une ambiance estivale festive.

From Pointe-des-Cascades to Rivière-Beaudette

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Time

½ day

# of stops

8 stops

Distance

35 km

Stops

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

Parc nature de Pointe-des-Cascades 1

1, Chemin du Fleuve Pointe-des-Cascades Québec J0P 1M0

450-455-3414

At the far eastern end of Pointe-des-Cascades, nature lovers will be enchanted by a conservation area with features found nowhere else in the region. Paths lead you through woods, old quarries, swamps, and ponds that are full of unique wildlife at all times of year. A favourite spot for picnics, the park is also well-loved for its collection of old locks, jetties, and lighthouses overlooking the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers. Boaters can take advantage of two boat launches, while others can simply enjoy the picnic tables by the shore. The park is also easily accessible from the Soulanges Canal bike path, so take this chance to discover one of the region's best-kept secrets!

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Village des Écluses 2

2, Chemin du Canal, suite B Pointe-des-Cascades Québec J0P 1M0

438-355-6856

Where Lac St. Louis and the Soulanges Canal meet in Pointe-des-Cascades, discover a resort with a beautiful natural setting and exciting culture. An all-inclusive in a heritage setting! Set on the former industrial site used to build the canal, this resort offers campsites, a summer theatre and a restaurant. It’s the perfect place to make lasting memories. Take advantage of great activities while discovering the history and natural attractions of the Soulanges Canal.

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Parc des Ancres de Pointe-des-Cascades 3

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 4

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. For your safety, please respect the rules on the site.

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Crème et cie 5

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 National 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!).

L'Embouchure 6

438-405-2300

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 7

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

450-267-3003

Located on the shore of the Lac Saint-François, The Saint-Zotique beach is always a popular place for family outings during beautiful summer days. Whether you want to go for a swim, a picnic or a game of volleyball, this is the perfect place! You can also go on an adventure on the lake by renting a pedal boat, canoe, kayak or paddle board. The little ones will surely enjoy the paddling pool and the playground. The site is also open in winter! Come and explore the beach trails by walk, on snowshoes, cross-country skis or on fatbike. Fatbikes can be rented on site. There are nearly 5 km of trails designed to make you discover the beach from a different perspective. In summer or winter, various activities are organized.

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Ferme La Belle et ses bêtes 8

95, Chemin Houle Rivière-Beaudette Québec J0P 1R0

514-779-1796

Head to Rivière Beaudette, where the owners of Ferme La Belle et ses bêtes will welcome you for a guided visit to discover the joys of the farm and its animals. You will be able to pet and feed alpacas, miniature donkeys and horses. You’ll also meet the farm’s ducks and chickens. On site, explore the boutique offering items made with alpaca wool, including hats, scarves, socks and mittens to keep you warm all winter long. The farm also has a variety of crops, like pumpkins and garlic. Farm visits are by reservation only on weekends, and you may even be able to help feed the animals! Everyone is welcome!

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