Best Bike Trails in Montreal

Montreal hosted the Olympics in 1976, and based on the city’s latitude and proximity to the Laurentian Mountains where North America’s first ski lift opened in the 1930s, I assumed the city hosted the Winter Games that year. Apparently, I was wrong. So not only will you find excellent fat bike trails in Montreal, there are great summer riding choices as well!

Parc Du Domaine Vert

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In yet another unexpected twist (for English speakers like me anyway), Parc Du Domaine Vert does NOT actually offer a lot of vertical climbing or descending–the park is in fact, mostly flat. The name is roughly translated “Park of the Green Domain” and features up to 18 miles of trails that are popular with weekday riders. Because the park is flat, the trails don’t tend to dry out until late in the spring or early summer, so make plans to visit accordingly.

For visitors who are a bit more mobile and have the time to travel outside the city, there are several great trail systems to explore within a two-hour drive.

Mont Bromont

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If it’s downhill, lift-served mountain biking you desire, then head about an hour east of Montreal to Mont Bromont. Singletracks readers note the gravity trails are second-to-none in eastern Canada, and even the XC trails are worth a visit too.


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The Chantecler trail system in Sainte Adele, QC is located about an hour’s drive northwest of Montreal and boasts about 15 miles of scenic cross-country mountain bike trails. Because the trail system sits on the site of a former ski area, riders can expect to find almost 1,000 vertical feet of climbing and descending throughout the network. Many of the trails are often in great shape for fat biking in winter as well.

Perry Hill

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Getting to Perry Hill from Montreal might be a bit of a stretch–even without traffic, it’s a two-hour trip and involves crossing the US-Canada border–but for advanced riders, it’s worth a look. While the trail network is not as extensive or as well known as the Kingdom Trails to the east, riders will find the 1,600 vertical feet of elevation and technical features both challenging and rewarding. There’s even a bike park / jump line at the trailhead and decent fat bike riding in the winter.

We suspect there are more great trails near Montreal we haven’t heard about yet. If you know of trails we failed to include, please let us know here!

Next up: Baltimore.

# Comments

  • PGH Rider

    Just an FYI for the Pittsburgh section of your article. PORC stands for Pittsburgh Off Road Cyclists. Your link takes you to Pittsburgh Offroad which is a motorized mud bogging/lift kit type of group. Additionally, PORC does not as a group build or maintain trails in Pittsburgh (maybe as volunteers for other other groups or illegally). The main groups that build and maintain trails are Trail Pittsburgh (http://trailpittsburgh.org/), the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy(https://www.rachelcarsontrails.org/), Allegheny Land Trust, Hollow Oak Land Trust, Allegheny County Parks, and the Mount Washington CDC. If you need help reporting on Pittsburgh mountain biking in the future, please let me know.

    • Jeff Barber

      Good catch on the URL and thanks for the shout out to other groups in the area!

  • kevindsingleton

    Two more excellent Pittsburgh singletracks are the Bavington trail, in Hillman State Park, near Burgettstown (southwest of Pittsburgh, search for “Haul Road Trailhead”), and the trails at Brady’s Run Park, in Beaver County, a little north of the airport.

  • juarez

    Cool article!
    It’s great to see other people writing about our quiet, humble riding area (Ottawa-Gatineau).

    Of course it’s FAT season here now. We have some crazy good shared single track is 2 riding areas, plus Kanata, Larose, and city trails.

    You can learn more about our fat riding areas here:

    Our local networks are growing by leaps and bounds too. Advocacy over the last 10 years is paying off and our Gatineau Park Trail Network will be growing exponentially as previously limited bike access is increased overall rate next 5 years.

    And we have a brand new riding area called Larose Forest that is multi-use, purpose machine built flow trail. Larose has BIG plans to expand and local riders love the first beginner and intermediate trails that are now open. (Did I mention how FUN these trails are?) The Larose management team has a BIG vision for the area.

    Larose Forest Primer:

    Have fun everywhere.


  • Downhill Mike

    Also got to add Durham Forest, Dagmar, Walker Woods and Glen Major. Its all can be connected together by bike in one day and easily has over 100km of singletrack.

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