Quebec City, Quebec

St. Lawrence River Path

There is a seamless biking/pedestrian path along the St. Lawrence River, alongside busy Boulevard Champlain. There are good views of the water along most of the way, and a couple of sections where one is on the shoulder of the road. This is a great opportunity to do a nice straight shot run, up to 10 km to the end of the path. The last 2.6 km are along La promenade Samuel-De Champlain. There are also some good loop options. One suggestion: run the 2.3 km from the Musée de la Civilisation to the Cap-Blanc Stairs, climb 398 of them up to the Plains of Abraham, and take the Promenade des Gouverneurs back (also some stairs).

Some one-way distances, starting at the Musée de la Civilisation, in km/miles:

  • 1.0/0.6 Quartier Petit Champlain
  • 2.3/1.4  Stairs to Plains of Abraham
  • 4.6/2.8 Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge
  • 5.7/3.5 Montmartre Canadien Chapelle
  • 6.5/4.0 Église Saint-Michel de Sillery
  • 7.1/4.4  Beginning of La promenade Samuel-De Champlain
  • 9.7/6.0 End of La promenade Samuel-De Champlain


  • Up to 9.7 km or 6 miles one way
  • 132 feet for full length
  • Musée de la civilisation or any point