Getting there

BY CAR, FROM MONTREAL OR QUEBEC CITY

On autoroute 40, take exit 122 towards Joliette (autoroute 31N). Just before entering Joliette, take exit 14E towards Saint-Michel-des-Saints and follow 131N until Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie. Be careful to turn left in Saint-Felix-de-Valois.

 

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From Montreal
From Quebec City

BY BUS, FROM MONTREAL OR JOLIETTE

At the Radisson metro station of the STM, go to the “autobus de banlieue” terminus to buy a ticket to Ste-Émélie-de-l’Énergie, on line 32 of the CRT Lanaudière . There are two departures a day during the week and only one on Saturdays and Sundays (see schedule). Exit the terminus and take bus number 50 to Joliette, where you must transfer to another bus to get to Sainte-Émélie (line 32 to Saint-Michel-des-Saints).

A few hints:

 

  • As you board bus number 50, check that it is definitely the one going to Joliette. It’s a busy station and easy to make a mistake. Tell the bus driver that you are going to Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie so that if there is a delay (e.g. heavy traffic on highway 40), the Joliette bus will wait for you. From Joliette onward, keep your eyes and ears open; you will be in another world.

 

  • You can bring your bicycle. The 50 bus has room for several bikes but the 32 can only take one. If you are travelling as a group, you can always take the bus to Joliette and travel the last 45 K on your bikes.
BY BICYCLE, FROM JOLIETTE (45 K)

Leave Joliette by Archambault street (which becomes Baby street, then Firestone boulevard) and route 131N to ride on the paved shoulder until Sainte-Émelie.

 

If you prefer to travel by back roads:

BY BICYCLE, FROM MONTREAL (120 K)

Follow green route number 1 northbound: as you leave Montreal, cross Rivière des Prairies, the island of Laval and rivière des Milles Îles.
At Bois-des-Fillion, leave the green route and take Montée Gagnon towards Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. Go through Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, La Plaine, Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Sainte-Julienne and Rawdon and go towards Saint-Alphonse-de-Rodriguez. At Saint-Alphonse, go straight along route 343 towards Saint-Côme or turn right on the road to Sainte-Béatrix or rue de la Rivière to get to Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie by your choice of itinerary (see Map).

 

A gentle hint for the cyclist using this itinerary:

Take it easy as you go, keeping in mind the last 20 K where you will encounter the steepest hills.