Sainte-Marie Saunter (59km)
Updated: Feb 11
Route Author: Rodd Heino
Location: Lac-Sainte-Marie, La-Valle-de-la-Gatineau, Quebec
Estimated Gravel Time: 75%
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Distance: 58.9km (36.6 miles)
Suggested Tire Width: 35mm or more
Amenities: The starting point in the village of Sainte-Marie has a couple of depanneurs. The village of Gracefield, at the approximate halfway point, has a chip stand, pub, convenience store/gas station and grocery store.
Parking: Community Centre/Boat Launch, Lac-Sainte-Marie
Based on the Mont Sainte-Marie gravel event host by Rodd Heino in the summer of 2018, this route takes advantage of Chemin de la Chute, a pretty stretch of gravel that parallels the Gatineau River to the town of Gracefield, before returning to the starting point in the village of Lac Sainte-Marie, via a series of undulating dirt roads.
Starting in the village of Lac-Sainte-Marie, travel clockwise via Chemin du Lac Sainte Marie, before turning right onto Chemin de la Chute, a pretty section of sandy 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.
Exiting Gracefield, the route crosses the Gatineau River once again and travels east via Chemin de la Riviere-Gatineau, transitioning from pavement to gravel, then turning south on Chemin McBean, followed by a left on Chemin du Poison Blanc.
Continue on Chemin du Poisson Blanc, eventually turning right on Chemin du Lac Desormeaux as the route follows a twisty, hilly (and sandy!) section of gravel, paralleling the shores of Lac Honey. The road then switches to Chemin du Lac Vert, following the shores of its namesake back to Chemin du Lac Sainte-Marie, turning right here and following this stretch of pavement all the way back to the start.