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Level: Advanced
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +544/ -590 ft
Total: 48 riders

Mountain Biking Vallee Bras Du Nord Secteur Shannahan

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#4 of 94 mountain bike trails in Quebec
#997 in the world

Incredible network of mostly singletrack trails. Fast swooping singletrack on the Beurre d'erable (Maple Butter) and Sucre d'orge trails. Don't miss Chute a Gilles trail, named after trail designer and expert mountain biker Gilles Morneau, where the trail crosses a beautiful waterfall. More trails snake by the Bras du Nord river and even more extensions being built every year. Keep your eye on this trail, it should earn IMBA Epic designation soon! And stay a while in one of the yurts on the property and do some canoeing, hiking, or canyoning during the summer.

First added by searsandrewj on Sep 30, 2011. Last updated Mar 29, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: yes
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Getting there
From Quebec City or Montreal, take Highway 40 West to exit 281 (exit Pont-Rouge / Saint-Raymond). Follow Route 365 to Saint-Raymond. After crossing the bridge over the Sainte-Anne river turn right at traffic light onto rue Mgr Vachon (Bishop Street Vachon). Continue 5 miles then turn left on rang Saguenay (Saguenay range) to Accueil Shannahan.
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  • Downhill Mike

    I would say the best trails in the world. Two Neilson loops must be done if you are ok with technical stuff and have a good cardio. There is nothing there that is super technical but expect rocky and rooty descents and climbs. The double track climb to get to Neilson is the worst but after that it gets easier.

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  • MTBzine
    Reviewing Neilson Sud:

    As with Neilson Nord, Neilson Sud continues down the same river and was also loaded with wooden features, rock gardens and roots. Sud is more mellow, not as much elevation gains or losses and it has places to stop and view a couple of water falls. Even though the trail is chill, there are technical sections to make it challenging and keep things interesting. It was a perfect closing trail before we ended our ride.

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  • MTBzine
    Reviewing Neilson Nord:

    Neilson Nord in Vallée Bras-du-Nord St. Raymond Quebec Shannahan Sector is a epic trail. Meandering along a river this XC trail is packed with wooden features, rock slabs and spines with a great mix of technical terrain and smooth fast flowey trails. Neilson Nord is a testament to the high level of trail building going on in these regions, just amazing! The trail has lots of climbing and descending, i cut a lot of the climbing out and tried to show features that I enjoyed.

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  • MTBzine
    Reviewing La Boréale:

    Awesome Trail, so much fun, berms, jumps, rock chutes, log rides, rock gardens

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  • Glenn Boccini Nincheri

    Best I have ridden in Canada so far. This trail almost kicked my !$!W$%, but it was EPIC!

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  • williedillon

    Awesome variety here. There's smooth and flowy trails with sweet berms that anyone can do (Beurre d'erable) and technical trails like Petit Ourse that are more challenging. Coulee douce is a must. I did about 20 miles overall and didn't repeat much and still had trails left over that I didn't do. The scenery is very nice here and the area is quite neat. My only real gripe is the cost - $15 to do XC mountain biking seems a bit much, but I suppose that's how it is with such vast trail systems that are on private land. If you're looking for somewhere to eat the Hotel Le Roquemont restaurant in St Raymond is pretty good, and Pizzeria Paquet is a solid choice as well.

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  • *****

    Neilson, Sucre D'orge et Grande Ourse sont à ne pas manquer. Must ride tracks.

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  • Theo Morneau

    Great place to ride, trails for everyone, from beginner to advanced. Trails are added every year, lots have been added since Mudhunny's visit in 2011. trails network totals now 40 miles singletrack 40 miles doubletrack.
    Two sectors to visit: - Shannahan,(41km singletracks) in a beautiful wild surrounding with rivers, waterfalls, bridges, etc. must ride: Neilson, Beurre d'érable, Sucre d'Orge, Chute à Gilles, Grande Ourse.
    - Saint-Raymond downtown (23km singletracks) Amazing new network of trails on two mountains, nice fast and flowy trails, more rural scenery.

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  • phil05

    Very nice network with something for everyone. Beurre d'érable ans sucre d'orge trails are defenatly beginner friendly, but are also Very fun for the advanced riders. Grande ours, petite ours ans chute a Gilles are must-go for intermediate and advanced riders, offering both flowy and technical challenges. Be sure to check the new Nelson trail. Its better to use the dirt road to climb up and then do the Nelson as a DH.

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