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Gracefield Gravel Gobbler (85km)

Updated: Feb 11, 2022

Location: Low, Vallee-de-la-Gatineau, Quebec


Estimated Gravel Time: 85%


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Distance: 85km (52.8 miles)

Suggested Tire Width: 35mm or more


Amenities: The hamlet of Low has a depanneur and a family restaurant. The village of Gracefield, at the approximate halfway point, has a chip stand, pub, convenience store and grocery store.


Parking: Central Gatineau Arena, Low


Route Description:


This 85km route includes a stop in Gracefield, the approximate halfway point of the loop, with several amenities. From here, riders have the option of a mellow ride back to the start in Low along the Veloroute des Draveur rail trail.

Starting from the Central Gatineau arena in Low, riders travel north (counter clockwise) via Chemin de Martindale. This lengthy section of the route starts as a mix of pavement and "Quebec Pave", then transitions to gravel for an extended period, before the route turns right on Chemin du Lac Ste-Marie, and returns to tarmac as the route crosses the Gatineau River. This road does not have a paved shoulder and caution ought to be exercised, as traffic can move swiftly.

From here, riders can continue on Chemin du Lac Ste-Marie to the village of Lac-Sainte-Marie, where there are a couple of depanneurs available. Staying on route, riders turn left on Chemin de la Chute, a pretty section of gravel that parallels the Gatineau River for most of its length. Eventually, the route turns left on Chemin du Rapide-Faucher, then left again across the Gatineau River to the town of Gracefield.

Here, riders have access to several amenities including a grocery store, gas station/convenience store, a chip stand and pub.


After crossing Route 105 (caution ought to be exercised as this road can see high volumes of fast-moving traffic), the route joins the Veloroute des Draveur, which riders can follow south all the way back to the starting point in Low. However, those choosing to follow the route exit the rail trail after a few kilometers, turning left onto Chemin Coulombe.

Remains of Venosta Train Station on the Veloroute des Draveur

From here, the route proceeds south on a mix of paved and gravel roads, rejoining the Veloroute de Draveur every now and then, before arriving back at the starting point in Low.

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amfoley61
Sep 11, 2021


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amfoley61
Sep 11, 2021

Do NOT go through the 700m of private property From the rail trail as you leave Gracefiel about 2-3km. The owner let us know that this not ok. Stay on the trail until the next road and take a left and then a right.

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RideGravel.ca
RideGravel.ca
Sep 11, 2021
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Sorry about that. The route will be updated ASAP to account for this.

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Philippe Belair
Philippe Belair
Mar 29, 2021

Sur chemin Mulligan Ferry ( secteur Gracefield ,rive gauche) il y a de super vieille ferme abandonnee sur le bord du chemin ....

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wwtcampy
wwtcampy
Oct 26, 2020

As of 25OCT20 there is a gate (marked private property) across the trail at the first left turn leaving the rail trail as one heads south from Gracefield. This was not a problem as one just stays on rail trail to pick up official route a few kms south.

Also there is construction work on a culvert on the rail trail about 10km north of route's end. The trail is marked as closed but with some hike a bike one can get through on weekends. Wouldn't be surprised if it was more difficult during the week when construction crews were onsite.

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