The Canadian Shield 400 is part of the Bikepack Adventures Grand Depart routes. It’s an all-encompassing bikepacking route throughout the Outaouais region, just north of the nation’s capital, Ottawa. At 419km long, it is just enough to provide you with a long-weekend challenge that will push your physical and mental fortitude. Hitting up some of the top sites in the Outaouais region such as Gatineau Park, Paugan Dam, Mont Ste. Marie, Gracefield, Kazabazua and Otter Lake, this route will challenge you with gravel roads, unmaintained winter roads, rail trail, single-track and double-track.
With nearly 100km of riding within the Gatineau Park and 12km of single-track in Mont Ste. Marie, you will spent over 25% of your riding time on trails. That is massive within the world of bikepacking.
From easy rail trail to rolling gravel roads to rugged and unrelenting terrain with steep climbs, the Canadian Shield 400 provides an excellent route to explore. The areas of Mont Ste. Marie and Gatineau Park will provide a bit more rugged riding to challenge you as much as possible without being so difficult you feel it is impossible.
The Canadian Shield 400 bikepacking route provides the rider with a huge variety of riding types, from the non-technical rail trail and relatively flat gravel roads along the Gatineau River to the more challenging riding to be found in Mont Ste. Marie and the Gatineau Park that will throw tons of single and doubletrack your way, with big climbs and rocky descents. Overall, this route provides a good selection of all types of riding and is the perfect intro to bikepacking or shorter trip.