- Published: Wednesday, 16 September 2015 12:31
- Written by Dan
Quebec is the largest and one of the most visually captivating and culturally fascinating provinces in Canada. At more than 1.5 million square kilometres, La Belle Province, as it’s long been known, covers a brilliant range of landscapes and terrains, stretching from the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the East Coast, to the Hudson Strait in the North, Hudson Bay and Ontario to the West, and the American states of Maine and Vermont to its South. Now over 400 years in the making—Quebec City was established in 1608!—with an incredibly rich history and diverse culture, Quebec is without doubt your gateway to some of Canada’s most alluring experiences.
From the ancient Laurentian Plateau, to the verdant Taiga Forests of Gaspé, the pristine waters of Lac Saint-Jean, to the upper arm of the mighty Appalacian mountains, Quebec's reputation as the beautiful province is well deserved—and undeniable.
With so many incredible options to explore, we’ve decided to focus our expedition on a few distinct experiences and regions: Quebec’s bucolic Eastern Townships and Wine Routes, the magnificent Saint-Malo Dark Sky Reserve, and the charming vistas of the Saguenay.
And—we’ve decided that cycling will be the perfect way to experience Quebec’s renowned beauty: fast enough to cover a good distance and ensure a variety of experiences, but slow enough to allow us to absorb every bit of our surroundings.
MEC Gear Spotlight
Naturally Aligned Protection
When you’re cycling or hiking, footwear can make or break your experience–just ask Cheryl Strayed. Thankfully for me, from the moment I put on my pair of the Brooks Trail Running shoes, they provided both functionality and comfort. What’s the true test of a good shoe? I didn’t get a single blister. With strike plates and ventilated fabric, this versatile shoe is perfect for the all around adventure athlete and makes the transition from peddle to metal to trail run seamless.
Pictured: Brooks Trail Running Shoes
From the MEC Trail Shoes Collection
Next to lightweight, breathability might be the most important thing that you should consider when going on a long distance cycling trip in mixed weather. The MEC Bolt SS Jersey is the perfect combination of both. Soft fabric and jewel toned, these seemingly delicate jerseys are perfect for the indelicate rad girl who places functionality first, but appreciates a little bit of flare.
Pictured: MEC Bolt SS Cycling Jersey
From the MEC Cycling Jersey Collection
Multi Sport Lives
From bike to hike to a cliff face in the Saguenay, I’ve put these tights through the ringer. They block the wind, but are entirely breathable; they keep you warm, while keeping you cool. With a dusting of fleece on the inside and a matte finish on the outside, these pants were made for bicycling, but I’ve worn them to dinner too.
Pictured: Flyer Cycling Tights
From the MEC Tights Collection
Our travels through Quebec will require us to bike, trek and hike to fully experience this province's diverse beauty. As always, since quality, durability and ease of use is a primary consideration for this project we will be using MEC as our supplier of choice.