Imagine near-perfect motorcycling routes winding up into lush beautiful landscapes of the Laurentian Mountains, with European-styled villages, the best meals we’ve ever offered, and the finest host hotel ever on a Rolling Thru America tour. WOW!
The Laurentian’s of Quebec were made for Rolling Thru America.
Rolling Thru Quebec, September 18 – 21, 2017 –
(The excellent Canadian dollar exchange rate is the reason behind our surprisingly affordable prices)
Rolling Thru Quebec (“RTQC”) – Limited to only 100 people:
- Your Rolling Thru Quebec experience includes several days of guided rides on some of the best motorcycling routes in northeastern North America. Some claim that these surpass Deal’s Gap. (In fact, these may be our best routes of any RTA tour. Ever.)
- Our tours’ meals always get rave reviews, and your RTQC meals are among our best. RTQC includes all three breakfasts, two outstanding lunches, and two outstanding dinners.
- Our friendly staff includes guides, hosts and a support vehicle with a motorcycle trailer.
- Your host hotel is the iconic Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, nestled in the heart of the scenic Montebello village, and surrounded by nature. The hotel is famed for it’s rustic yet luxurious accommodations, excellent service, and incredible restaurant. They are also very motorcycle friendly. (Typically, we wouldn’t choose such a fancy hotel, but the fantastic exchange rate puts this within our reach.)
You’ll stay in the small village of Montebello, Quebec, at the foot of the Laurentian Mountain Range. Your hotel is a 4 Diamond rated (the highest rating in Canada) hotel and is considered one of Eastern Canada’s prime luxury resorts. It’s also the world’s largest log structure – it’s amazing! Enjoy the rustic elegance while overlooking the Outaouais River. Numerous politicians and celebrities have passed through this gorgeous resort, including Ronald Reagan, President Bush, Bette Davis, and Joan Crawford.
When you check in, a Rolling Thru Quebec representative (who speaks fluent French and English) will be there to facilitate the process and make sure everything goes smoothly. You’ll receive your Rolling Thru Quebec gift, credentials and route maps (in case you decide to ride on your own).
After freshening up, join us for the welcome dinner at the hotel, and the first round is on
us. It will be a perfect time to make new friends as well as meet your tour guides, and hear about the highlights of the upcoming adventure. Later, gather around the crackling warmth of the fire in the massive fireplace. It has six faces so plenty of spots to sit by the fire and relax.
Bonsoir. Be sure that your gas tank is full for tomorrow’s riding.
Tuesday – Riverside Riding and River Valleys. Approx 155 miles.
Bonjour. You’ll start your day with a leisurely delicious breakfast in the hotel. Then, you’ll join the group for the rider’s meeting, where you’ll review the day’s ride prior to departure.
Think beautiful, scenic and relaxing.
Today’s ride will take you along a beautiful meandering route alongside the Ottawa River and then the Gatineau River, followed by an ascent into the lowlands of the Laurentian Mountains. The early autumn views will be spectacular as we wind our way up through the foothills of the mountains, arriving at our charming lunch destination.
Your lunch will be at a converted 19th-century flour mill on the banks of the Gatineau River, adjacent to picturesque waterfalls. The grounds are wonderful and very scenic, so take a moment to explore.
Here you’ll love their famed delicious cuisine and wonderful ambiance featuring open-hearth fireplaces, exposed timber beams, two solariums overlooking the falls, and a number of terraces affording excellent views.
Upon returning to Montebello, you’ll have the night to yourself, and we encourage you to
explore the village. There are various restaurants on Rue Notre Dame where you can dine. Rue Notre Dame also houses some other places that you may want to explore, including Fromagerie Montebello (award-winning cheeses), Delice Champetre (homemade ice cream) and ChocoMotive (chocolate heaven).
Bonsoir. Be sure that your gas tank is full for tomorrow’s riding.
Wednesday – An Epic Ride and Fine Dining – Approx 195 miles.
Bonjour. Breakfast (included) will be served in the hotel again – You may want to have seconds because the ride you’re about to take will be among the best you’ve ever ridden.
Today’s route will take you deep into the heart of the Laurentian Mountains reaching the Mont Tremblant National Park, along routes that are considered by some to be better than the famed Deal’s Gap in North Carolina. There will be lots of winding, smooth pavement with gorgeous views. Our pace will be relaxed as we ascend into the mountains all morning long. We’ll make several stops along the way, giving you photo opportunities and moments to reflect on how good this day is.
You’ll be in the ski village of Mont Tremblant, which has a distinctly European flavor. You’ll swear you’ve arrived on another continent. We’ll cross-town via La Navette (a tram), gliding
over the colored tiled roofs of the village, giving you a wonderful view of the village and surrounding mountains. Our lunch (included) will be provided by a 4 Diamond rated
restaurant, providing extraordinary food in a warm, comfortable ambiance, sitting on the shores of Lac Tremblant.
Following lunch, your ride will be perhaps even better than your morning’s ride – Yep, it’s really that good. We’ll descend throughout the early afternoon, giving you many more breathtaking views, eventually riding along side the Ottawa river on our way back to the Chateau Montebello.
At the end of the day, we will meet for dinner at the hotel with your new friends. You’ll reminisce about today’s ride, and share tales of your past rides, some of which will be true…
Bonjour. A special Farewell Breakfast awaits you. You’ll say goodbye to new and old friends, see photos from the trip, and will likely be thinking about your next Rolling Thru America tour.
Au revoir et Bon voyage. (Goodbye and safe travel)
Please note the following as we head into Canada:
- Need up-to-date passport. If you have an expired passport, you need to renew it at least 6 months in advance of the trip.
- Mandatory credit card w/chip.
- Check with insurance companies for coverage information in Canada (vehicle and health).
- No DWI/DUI. No felony convictions.
- All articles acquired in Canada must be declared. There is an $800 exemption for gifts and personal articles, including one liter of alcoholic beverages per person over 21 every 30 days.
- We highly recommend obtaining vacation insurance.
- Many of our prior customers book their next tour before they’ve learned the details. That is a testament to how much they love what we do. So, if you’ve never joined us, expect an extremely well-run tour with a relaxed and friendly attitude, offering excellent routes and meals.
- We ride in medium sized groups at a relaxed pace, stopping roughly every hour for a brief potty/gas break.
- Maps are provided to everyone, allowing for people to ride on their own.
- Be sure to bring your bathing suits, the chateau has the Largest Hotel Indoor Swimming Pool in North America!
- The final menus for the meals haven’t been set, however, Rolling Thru America tours are known for their excellent food. We expect the RTQC tour to match our prior best meals.
- The variety of food offered matches people’s varying tastes or needs. Typically, there will be several meat choices, as well as good vegetarian options.
- If there are any special dietary needs, please reach out to us in advance.
Driving in Canada:
- Motorcycles cannot share a lane, and safety helmets for motorcycle riders and passengers are mandatory.
- Running a red light is a serious concern throughout Canada and motorists are advised to pause before proceeding when a light turns green.
- All emergency assistance in Canada can be reached by dialing 911.
- Distances and speeds are posted in kilometers per hour and some signs may only be in French.
Other useful information:
- Hello – Bonjour
- How are you? – Comment ça va
- Where is the restroom? – où sont les toilettes
- Goodbye – Au revoir
*A Special Thank You: Rolling Thru Quebec is fortunate to have Ken Aiken as an advisor for this tour. Ken is a famous freelance writer/photographer whose work appears in numerous magazines and newspapers in North America. He’s the author of “Touring Vermont’s Scenic Roads,” co-author of “Motorcycle Journeys Through Atlantic Canada,” and “Motorcycle Journeys Through New England. He develops motorcycle and culinary tourism destinations and Moto-Foodie tours. Learn more about Ken here: Touring Roads, Travel & Adventure.
Photo Credit to Ken Aiken – Photos 3, 5, 6, 9, 10