- You can glide through the forest and along a lake with Les Vélorails de Beaulac-Garthby, Quebec.
- The voyage offers some pretty spectacular springtime views.
If you're ready to get back in touch with nature and rouse your limbs from their hibernal idleness, consider a trip to the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Quebec, where you can ride rail bikes through the forest along Lake Aylmer. Les Vélorails de Beaulac-Garthby offers an alternative view of the landscape without the toil of traditional biking or hiking. Pack some binoculars and a snack and glide down the shore.
Visitors have their choice between three routes.
Along the first, 10-kilometre round trip, bikers get a close-up view of the lake and an adjacent wooded area and field. This trip is $30, taxes included.
For an additional $20, visitors can go twice as far in the same direction, turning back at kilometre 10 for a 20-kilometre round-trip.
Finally, for those who aren't into pedalling, there's a route through forests and swamps in the opposite direction for battery-powered rail bikes.
That trip is 10-kilometres round-trip and costs $60.
All prices are for the bikes, themselves, not per person.
Riders will additionally have to respect a few rules.
It is forbidden, for instance, to get on or off a moving bike, throw objects on the tracks, and "use any substance that may affect the safe operation of the ride."
Pets are not welcome on the journey.
Visitors should review the complete list of rules before embarking on their ride.
Les Vélorails de Beaulac-Garthby only accepts online reservations, which will open for the season in April.
The first rides begin in May.
Get all the details below.
Les Vélorails de Beaulac-Garthby
Reservations open April 2020
Rides begin in May
Where: 3, rue St-Jacques, Beaulac-Garthby, QC
$30 for 10 km round-trip
$50 for 20 km round-trip
$60 for a battery-powered rail bike
Why You Need To Go: For an alternative view of the spring landscape.
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