Le Petit Train du Nord, Little Train of the North is located in the heart of the Laurentians and is Quebec’s longest linear park. Built in the beginning of the 20th century as a railway line, this popular bike trail is 144 miles (232 kilometers) long. The remarkable scenery along this trail includes peaceful lakes, majestic mountains, winding rivers and streams. Many of the old train stations along this path now house restaurants, pubs, information centers, bike repair shops, rest stops, B and Bs and more.
The last train to run down the Petit Train du Nord was in 1990. Today it is used primarily by cyclists may choose to ride a small segment which may take just a few hours or by tourists that spend several days biking large of portions and sleeping under tents or in B&B along the path. Cyclists that want to bike only portions of the linear park may use the services of shuttles that will bring them to other segments or to return to their departure spot. The terrain is uneven and the trail is not recommended for road bikes. There is asphalt in only a small segment of the trail and it is recommended using mountain bikes or hybrids.
The trail is a great asset for the region and easily accessible attracting visitors from all around the globe that enjoy biking. The Petit Train du Nord not only presents one of the most beautiful and longest trails for cyclists but it is also safe and prohibits all motor vehicles. Cyclists will find along the trail and about every 15 miles a village with lodging, plenty of restaurants, camping, stores and wonderful cuisine. Also on the tail are many old and charming train stations that have been restored and are being used to service the needs of cyclist by offering meals and drinks.