Whether you’re a newbie mountain biker or regularly tear down rocky hills and are ready to conquer someplace fresh, the new Montebello Mountain Bike centre now offers 20 kilometres of trails for riders of all ages and abilities to explore.
Mountain bikers have been coming to the region for years, with Montebello being one of the first places in Quebec to develop the sport, hosting the 1988 Canadian mountain biking championships and competitions in the 1990s and 2000s. But, the network of trails eventually disappeared. The new project has restored some of the classic trails and opened up modern sections — making the site accessible for beginners, families, and pros.
A variety of mountain trails
The 20 kilometres of varied terrain and trails offer something for everyone. Five kilometres of family-friendly trails are easily accessible from the Reception Centre that’s located at Fairmont Le Château Montebello. Those wanting more of a challenge have a choice of gradual or more direct climbs for the descent down over and around bends and jumps.
“Montebello Mountain Bike is a great place for beginners and families looking to try mountain biking for the first time with our brand-new rental bikes. The easy trails are located in a majestic forest with massive century-old pines and along the Ottawa River with a panoramic view,” said Montebello Mountain Bike spokesperson Sylvain Bourgeois.
If you’re in the area for the weekend or staying at the Château Montebello there is plenty more to do nearby. “Our welcome centre and parking lot are located at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, which features several other activities, including a children’s playground, mini-golf, various sports, and restaurants. The beautiful small town of Montebello is also home to great local food and craft beer, as well as the historic site Manoir Papineau and the Parc Omega animal park,” added Bourgeois.
Led by local mountain bike enthusiasts, the centre hopes to develop over 60 kilometres of trails in the next few years and become a major destination for cyclists in Eastern Canada.
Montebello Mountain Bike
Fairmont Le Château Montebello
392, rue Notre-Dame, Montebello, Québec, J0V 1L0
For those with their own equipment, the site is open every day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you need rental bikes or information, the Reception and Rental Centre is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Daily rates: $13.50 for adults, $6.75 for juniors (children 10-17), free for children 9 and under, and $31.50 for a family (2 adults and 1-3 juniors). A hardtail mountain bike and helmet can be rented for $40 for 3 hours. Contact them ahead of time to confirm that they have the size you need.
For FAQs, trail maps, and to book your day passes or rentals visit montebellovelo.com