Sainte-Émélie is on the edge of the Canadian shield, at the northern limit of farmlands and at the southern limit of the northern forests. It is home to several outfitters, situated on land rich in lakes, cliff faces and waterfalls.
«Imagine the scenery. You’re cycling deep in a valley. In the distance before you, a wooded mountain. On your right, gentle hills and green fields dotted with bales of hay. The dark asphalt of the road is curving ahead. Just around the next bend, a farm with its silo adds a touch of colour. There isn’t a vehicle in sight and the only nearby sound is that of your wheels on the road. Several spots in this circuit of Lanaudière are worth a brief stop to take it all in. However, you have to work for the pleasure of such beauty, as there aren’t many flat stretches of road. Happily, along the way is a beach right in the center of Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie where you can take a swim and sandwich break.»
From: Le Québec en 30 boucles, « 09 Région Lanaudière », Vélo Québec Éditions, 2012, pages 66 and 67.
90 minutes from Montreal, at the junction of provincial highways 131 and 347, Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie offers a beautiful network of roads to explore by bicycle.
Far from frenzied city life, nature is well respected on the immense municipal territory of Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie. The air is fresh, the water unpolluted and the starry night skies are guaranteed to impress.
Serious sport cyclists will find a vast choice of hills, some with greater than 15% pitch, as well as the possibility of creating training circuits which communicate with the Saint-Donat cycling network.Click here to see a map of the Saint-Donat network
Amateurs of cyclotourism can get out of big urban centers by heading directly to Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie. Alternatively, they can travel cross-country from the Laurentians to the Mauricie (or vice versa) and plan to make a stop or two in Lanaudière which lies between the two.
Solo or as a team, family members or groups of friends, all will find lodging to suit their tastes and budgets. You can plan a “pure” cycling getaway but unforgettable combos are also possible, with, for example, trout fishing, kayaking, hiking or even a special village celebration.