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Old June 26th, 2007, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default P'tit Train du Nord Trail (Quebec, Canada)

One of the nicest places to skate is a "Linear Park" in Quebec near Mont Tremblant called the P'tit Train du Nord (french for Little train of the north). It's a 94 km stretch of old railway through the Laurentian wilderness that was paved about 3 years ago. One end is in Labelle Quebec, the other is in Mont-Laurier. There are kilometer markers, regular washroom and water stations along the path, as well as little towns where you can stop for some ice cream, a snack, meal or a swim. The pavement is generally excellent, and they've spray painted any hazards on the parts where there are holes or bumps.

Because it's an old railway line, the grade of the path had to be very gentle. The uphill bits are so slight you don't really notice it (except after 100 km ) but going back down you pick up some wicked speed. It's such an easy distance trail that you can easily double your usual skating range.

When you're finishing up your skate at Labelle, the last 5 km is a really fast downhill stretch. So if you're doing a distance like 100 km, you want to hammer it home so you look cool to all your friends who did the lesser distances waiting on the restaurant patio at the end of the path. Just as you turn the last bend and can see the end of the path, the gentle downhill turns into a gentle uphill. It's just cruel... It's like a big rain cloud over your parade as your speed drops off and you end up panting up the little slope feeling like a total jackass. :-)
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Old June 26th, 2007, 03:54 AM   #2
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One of the nicest places to skate is a "Linear Park" in Quebec near Mont Tremblant called the P'tit Train du Nord (french for Little train of the north). It's a 94 km stretch of old railway through the Laurentian wilderness that was paved about 3 years ago. One end is in Labelle Quebec, the other is in Mont-Laurier. There are kilometer markers, regular washroom and water stations along the path, as well as little towns where you can stop for some ice cream, a snack, meal or a swim. The pavement is generally excellent, and they've spray painted any hazards on the parts where there are holes or bumps.

Because it's an old railway line, the grade of the path had to be very gentle. The uphill bits are so slight you don't really notice it (except after 100 km ) but going back down you pick up some wicked speed. It's such an easy distance trail that you can easily double your usual skating range.

When you're finishing up your skate at Labelle, the last 5 km is a really fast downhill stretch. So if you're doing a distance like 100 km, you want to hammer it home so you look cool to all your friends who did the lesser distances waiting on the restaurant patio at the end of the path. Just as you turn the last bend and can see the end of the path, the gentle downhill turns into a gentle uphill. It's just cruel... It's like a big rain cloud over your parade as your speed drops off and you end up panting up the little slope feeling like a total jackass. :-)
I remember when there were still trains on that track!

My parents summer cottage is on Lac Labelle.
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Old August 19th, 2007, 01:07 AM   #3
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Here are some articles and photos of the P'tit Train du Nord Trail:

Photos Taken by the Ottawa Inline Skating Club:
Page 1 - Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4

Articles About the Trail:
- Ottawa Inline Skating Club Trip Reports
- Out There: P'tit Train du Nord
- P'tit Train du Nord Linear Park

Accommodations along the trail:
- Auberge du P'tit Train du Nord

That looks like a fantastic trail. 200 kilometers... that's about 125 miles isn't it? Nice!

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