Route Verte

The Route Verte (in English, the "Green Route," or the "Greenway") is a network of bicycling and multiuse trails and designated roads, lanes, and surfaces, spanning 5,034 kilometres (3,128 mi) as of October 31, 2013,[1] in the Canadian province of Quebec, inaugurated on August 10, 2007. The trail network includes both urban trails (for example, in and around the city of Montreal) and cycling routes into quite isolated areas in the north, as well as along both sides of the Saint Lawrence River, out to the Gaspésie region, and on the Îles de la Madeleine, linking more than 320 municipalities along the way. The Route Verte is not entirely composed of trails, as nearly 61% of the network actually consists of on-road surfaces, whether regular roads with little traffic, wide shoulders, special lanes on highways, or otherwise. The segregated trails are mostly rail trails shared-use with hikers and other users.[2]


Route Number Regions Served Main Cities Served Existing Trails Spanned
1 Outaouais, Laurentides, Laval, Montreal, Montérégie, Estrie, Centre-du-Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madelaine Ontario border, Fort-Coulonge, Gatineau, Laval, Montreal, Longueuil, Granby, Sherbrooke, Lévis, Rivière-du-Loup, Rimouski, Gaspé, Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine Sentier des Voyageurs, La Vagabonde, Piste Cyclable du Canal-de-Chambly, Montérégiade II, Montérégiade I, L'Estriade, La Montagnarde, Les Grandes-Fourches, La Cantonnière, Parc Linéaire des Bois-Francs, Parc linéaire de la MRC de Lotbinière, Parc linéaire Le Grand Tronc, Par Linéaire des Anses, Véloroute des Migrations, Véloroute des Doux Pays, Le Littoral Basque
2 Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Outaouais, Laurentides, Laval, Montreal, Montérégie Ville-Marie, Rouyn-Noranda, Val-d'Or, Saint-Jérôme, Laval, Montreal, Longueuil, New York State border Ligne du Mocassin, Parc Linéaire Rouyn-Noranda - Taschereau, Parc Linéaire Le P'tit Train du Nord, Parc Linéaire des Basses-Laurentides, Vallée des Forts
3 Montérégie, Centre-du-Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Longueuil, Sorel, Bécancour, Lévis Parc du Canal de Beauharnois, La Riveraine, La Sauvagine, Circuit des Traditions
4 Mauricie, Centre-du-Québec, Montérégie, Estrie Shawinigan, Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, Bromont, Vermont border Circuit des Traditions, La Campagnarde
5 Montérégie, Montreal, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Capitale-Nationale, Charlevoix, Côte-Nord Ontario border, Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Quebec City, Tadoussac, Baie-Comeau Piste cyclable Soulanges, Piste cyclable des Berges, Chemin du Roy, Corridor du Littoral, Véloroute Marie-Hélène-Promont, Véloroute des Baleines
6 Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches Rivière-à-Pierre, Quebec City, Lévis, Saint-Georges, Maine border Piste cyclable Jacques-Cartier / Portneuf, Corridor des Cheminots, Véloroute de la Chaudière, Sentier des Jarrets Noirs
8 Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord, Charlevoix, Bas-Saint-Laurent Alma, Saguenay, Tadoussac, Rivière-du-Loup, New Brunswick border Véloroute des Bleuets, Parc Linéaire Interprovincial Petit-Témis


Route Verte Ville-Marie

Beginning of "axe 2" of the Route Verte at Ville-Marie in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Canal Lachine Écluse Côte-Saint-Paul

"Axe 5" of the Route Verte along the canal Lachine, in Montreal

Route Verte 1 at Lennoxville

"Axe 1" of the Route Verte in the Lennoxville borough of Sherbrooke, used in the winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Route Verte 1 at Bishop's

"Axe 1" of the Route Verte between Bishop's University and Lennoxville, used in the winter for walking.

See also


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Abitibi-Témiscamingue (French pronunciation: ​[abitibi temiskamɛ̃ɡ]) is an administrative region located in western Québec, Canada, along the border with Ontario. It became part of the province in 1898. It has a land area of 57,674.26 km2 (22,268.16 sq mi). The region is divided into five regional county municipalities (French: municipalité régionale de comté, or MRC) and 79 municipalities. Its economy continues to be dominated by resource extraction industries. These include logging, mining all along the rich geologic Cadillac Fault between Val-d'Or and Rouyn-Noranda, as well as agriculture.

Eifel-Ardennes Green Route

The Eifel-Ardennes Green Route or Eifel-Ardennes Green Road (German: Grüne Straße Eifel-Ardennen, French: Route Verte Ardennes-Eifel) is a cross-border, tourist route, about 500 kilometres long, which links the Ardennes to the Eifel. It runs from France via Belgium and Luxembourg to Germany mainly on quiet by-ways.

Farnham, Quebec

Farnham is a city in Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 8,330, making it the second most populated community in the RCM.

Gouin Boulevard

Gouin Boulevard (officially in French: boulevard Gouin) is the longest street on the Island of Montreal, stretching 50 kilometres (31 mi) across the north side of the island from Senneville in the west to Pointe-aux-Trembles in the east, where it intersects with Sherbrooke Street (Quebec Route 138).

Iron Horse Trail, Alberta

The Iron Horse Trail is a rail trail located in east-central Alberta in Canada. The 300 km-long, multi-use recreational trail is used by all-terrain vehicles, but also by horses, mountain bikes, hikers, and snowmobiles, depending upon the season.The trail occupies a former Canadian National Railway line's right-of-way from Waskatenau to Cold Lake, with an arm branching off to Heinsburg. It is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

La Vagabonde

La Vagabonde may refer to:

The Vagabond (novel), a 1910 novel by the French writer Colette

La Vagabonde (trail), a cycling route (Route Verte) in Quebec

List of bridges to the Island of Montreal

Like most major cities, Montreal needs easy highway access from its suburbs and surrounding areas. However, because Montreal was built on an island surrounded by three rivers, it can be entered by land only on a bridge or through a tunnel. Although the city was founded in 1642, it was not until 1847 that the first fixed link to the outside was established when a wooden bridge was built across Rivière des Prairies to Île Jésus, on the site of what is now Ahuntsic Bridge. Another bridge was built immediately afterward, a few kilometers west, which became Lachapelle Bridge, and another in 1849, Pont des Saints-Anges, to the east. The latter bridge collapsed in the 1880s and was never rebuilt.With the advent of the railroad, Montreal got a fixed link to the mainland; in 1854 railroad bridges were built in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, across both channels of the Ottawa River, linking Montreal Island to Ontario and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges peninsula through Perrot Island. In 1860, Montreal got its first link to the South Shore with the construction of Victoria Bridge, which was, at the time of its opening, the longest bridge in the world. Indirect links to the North Shore also had to wait for railroad construction, but this took longer; the Canadian Pacific Railway opened its link to Saint-Jérôme in 1876, through Île Jésus.

Martin Goodman Trail

The Martin Goodman Trail is a 56-kilometre (35 mi) multi-use path along the waterfront in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It traverses the entire lake shore from one end of the city to the other, from Humber Bay Arch Bridge in the west to the Rouge River in the east. The Martin Goodman Trail is part of the 730 km Waterfront Trail around Lake Ontario.

Massawippi River

The Massawippi River is a river in the Estrie region of Quebec, Canada. It is a tributary of the Saint Lawrence River.

Michel Légère

Michel Légère (b. August 10, 1943) is a Quebec lawyer, former civil servant and politician. He served as mayor of Hull from 1981 to 1991.Born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Légère studied at the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1970. He married Monique Lacerte. He served in several federal government departments, including Environment Canada, the Privy Council Office and Transport Canada. From 1978 to 1981, he practised law. In 1979 and again in 1980, he was an unsuccessful New Democratic Party candidate in the Hull federal riding, losing each time to Liberal Gaston Isabelle. He was a professor at the University of Ottawa from 1992 to 1993. He ran unsuccessfully for the Parti Québécois in the Hull provincial riding in 1994, losing to Liberal Robert LeSage. Légère is credited with inspiring the development of the Quebec Route Verte bicycle network and later served as president of Vélo Québec. He was president of Gatineau's ombudsman office for five years. Légère was named to the Order of Gatineau in 2012.

Nipissing-North Arm Orienteering Trail

The Nipissing-North Arm Orienteering Trail, a 30-kilometre (19 mi) backpacking route, leads across rugged wilderness in the Massasauga Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. The park is situated along Georgian Bay on Lake Huron and its trails are accessible only by water. The trail is not blazed, although there are posts with interpretive information located at points of interest along the route.

Notre Dame Island

Notre Dame Island (French: Île Notre-Dame) is an artificial island in the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is immediately east of Saint Helen's Island and west of the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the city of Saint-Lambert on the south shore. Together with Saint Helen's Island, it makes up Parc Jean-Drapeau, which forms part of the Hochelaga Archipelago. To the southwest, the island is connected to the embankment separating the seaway and Lachine Rapids.

Parc Jean-Drapeau is registered as a leg of the Route Verte and Trans Canada Trail.

It houses the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, host of the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One.

Old Port of Montreal–Longueuil Ferry

The Old Port of Montreal–Longueuil Ferry is a Summer ferry service operating on the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. It carries pedestrians and cyclists from the Réal Bouvier Marina in Longueuil to Saint Helen's Island and the Jacques-Cartier Pier Old Port of Montreal.It operates from late-May until early-October, with hourly departures during regular business hours seven days a week. The length of the crossing is 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi).The ferries are capable of going at speeds of up to 12 knots (22 km/h). They are 68 feet (21 m) long and 22 feet (6.7 m) wide. They have a capacity of 196 passengers, or 150 passengers and 70 bicycles.Both ends of the ferry crossing are linked to Quebec's Route Verte bicycle trail network.

Pan Am Path

The Pan Am Path is a multi-use path that connects trails in the Greater Toronto Area as part of the legacy of the 2015 Pan American Games and 2015 Parapan American Games. The path is over 80 kilometres (50 mi) in length, connecting Toronto neighbourhoods.

Rideau Trail

The Rideau Trail is a 387-kilometre (240 mi) hiking trail in Ontario, Canada, linking Ottawa and Kingston. Crossing both public and private lands, the trail was created and opened in 1971. It is named for the Rideau Canal which also connects Ottawa and Kingston, although the two only occasionally connect. The trail crosses terrain ranging from the placid farmland of the Ottawa River and St. Lawrence River valleys to the rugged Canadian Shield in Frontenac Provincial Park. The trail also passes through Richmond, Perth, and Smiths Falls. It is intended only for walking (hiking), snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Taschereau Bridge

Taschereau Bridge is a bridge linking Pincourt, on Île Perrot, to Vaudreuil-Dorion, in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges RMC across the West Channel of the Ottawa River. The bridge was originally built in 1925, and was doubled in 1964, as part of the same project as Galipeault Bridge, which links the island to Montreal Island, but it has been maintained independently since then. Both bridges carry four lanes of Quebec Autoroute 20, which becomes Harwood Boulevard on the Dorion side. However, Transports Québec plans to build a bypass between the bridge and the junction of Autoroute 540 and upgrade the highway on Île Perrot to freeway standards. The upgrade is slated to be completed by 2019. The bridge also carries a bicycle path, and is part of Route Verte 5.The widening of this bridge and Galipeault Bridge in 1964, both of them from two lanes to four, was done in a bid to appease Perrot Island residents and merchants, who were worried that the construction of nearby Île aux Tourtes Bridge, which provides a way around the island, would hurt their businesses. A medium-size shopping mall, Le Faubourg de l'Île, was built next to the bridge on the Pincourt side, at the Cardinal Léger exit.

Like Galipeault Bridge, which it continues, Taschereau Bridge was built next to a Grand Trunk Railroad bridge that was built in 1854, and was the first fixed link between Montreal and the mainland. The bridge was named after Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, who was Premier of Quebec at the time of its inauguration.

Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail, officially renamed The Great Trail in September 2016, is a cross-Canada system of greenways, waterways, and roadways that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. The trail extends over 24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles); it is now the longest recreational, multi-use trail network in the world. The idea for the trail began in 1992, shortly after the Canada 125 celebrations. Since then it has been supported by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and all levels of government. Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is the name of the non-profit group that raises funds for the continued development of the trail. However, the trail is owned and operated at the local level.

On August 26, 2017, TCT celebrated the connection of the trail with numerous events held throughout Canada. TCT has said it now plans to make the trail more accessible, replace interim roadways with off-road greenways, add new spurs and loops to the trail, and fund emergency repairs when needed.

U.S. Bicycle Route 7

U.S. Bicycle Route 7 (USBR 7) is a north–south U.S. Bicycle Route that follows the Western New England Greenway in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. It runs parallel to U.S. Route 7 from a junction with the East Coast Greenway in Norwalk, Connecticut, to Route Verte 4 at the Canadian border. The Vermont segment was established in 2015, and the rest of the route was added the following year. When U.S. Bicycle Route 1 is extended through Connecticut, it is expected to meet USBR 7 near Norwalk.

Waterfront Trail

The Waterfront Trail is made up of an interconnected series of trails mainly along the shores of Lake Ontario in Canada, beginning in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and extending to Brockville, Ontario, with an extension along Former Highway 2, to the Quebec provincial border. Through Toronto, the trail is called the Martin Goodman Trail. The Waterfront Trail is also used by commuters in parts of Southern Ontario.

Bike and hiking trails in Canada


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