Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
Over the past few years, Fatbiking has been in full expansion and is attracting more and more adepts in the region. Are you one of them? Or, would you be tempted to try this fun experience? You can go to any of the following six places where you’ll be able to pedal in the snow in the Townships!
This outdoor sports centre is the perfect place to try a fatbike and to practise this sport with your family! The trails are essentially made for beginners who’ll be able to enjoy four trails on a flat to moderately inclined terrain, totalling almost 9 kilometres. A fleet of 14 bikes, including 2 child-size fatbikes, is available to rent on weekends. You can even reserve on line.
Are you a true fan? Then head out to Plein Air Sutton where you’ll find a network of intermediate and advanced level trails, covering a distance of 10 kilometres. There are no flat routes here! You don’t have any equipment? You can rent one of the nine fatbikes on the site, all adult size.
At Mont-Bellevue, the trails reserved for fatbikes total a distance of 13 kilometres and are mostly for intermediate level riders. A friendly tip: Start out in the parking lot in front of the park’s secondary entrance, on Dunant Street, you’ll already be almost at the top of the mountain! Note, you’ll have to bring your own fatbike; However, you can also rent a fatbike at Sports Marcel Langlois, at about one kilometre from the base of Mont-Bellevue.
The Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook offers a total of 16.5 kilometres of fatbike trails, some exclusively reserved for this sport, while others are shared with snowshoe adepts. The trails vary from family and easy grades (11 km) to intermediate levels (5.5 km). Five fatbikes for adults are available for rentals.
With over 25 kilometres of trails, the Parc National du Mont-Orford has the biggest fatbike network of trails of all levels in the region. About eight kilometres of these trails have been rated as easy; The others are classed either intermediate or difficult. You can rent equipment at Le Cerisier service centre. If you come with your family, 17-year-olds or younger can try a fatbike for free. Good to know: one of the trails (marked as difficult) links the National Park to the Mount Orford ski Station where you can also rent equipment.
Since last winter, the Parc National de la Yamaska offers 13.5 kilometres of well-groomed trails for fatbikes. Part of the network of trails follows the Choinière Reservoir and is fairly flat. Like the Parc National du Mont-Orford, here, rentals are available and 17-year-olds and younger can borrow one of the two reserved fatbikes for free.