ZEC exploration in La Tuque area

  • Duration: 2 or 3-day loop
  • Distance: 214.1 km / 2160 m of elevation gain
  • Difficulty: intermediate, 100% rideable with rugged sections

Find the Ride with GPS files and the photo gallery below


Words and photos by Louise Philipovitch.
Route by Serge-Olivier Rondeau.


With friends, we wanted to explore the ZEC Tawachiche ZEC. Since a friend had a chalet in Sainte-Tite, it was the perfect starting point to embark on an exploration of the surroundings.

This route, designed by Serge-Olivier Rondeau, crosses two ZECs as well as a Wildlife Reserve and mainly follows secondary and forest roads.

We had planned to take it easy and to ride this route in three days, but we ended up splitting it a bit differently by doing two long days in the saddle and a smaller morning, due to a downpour forcing us to change our plans.

We all had different setups, ranging from a gravel bike with 40 slick tires to a hard-tail with 2.6 tires. We all finished without any issues, but a minimum of 48 mm tires would be great to add this little extra comfort and greater maneuverability in sandy and rocky sections!

For further info about the route (resupply, etc.), head to the Ride With GPS page by clicking on the route below.