The vision for Velo MSM is to create a trail network that takes advantage of the incredible terrain at Mont Ste Marie. Our goal is to develop and maintain an ever growing system of well built, fun, and sustainable trails that provides different lengths of Mountain Biking loops which can cater to varying skill sets and fitness levels. These are intended to be non-motorized trails, open to mountain bikers, hikers, runners, plus xcountry skiers or snowshoeing in the winter.
Members of Velo MSM will strive to maintain and expand the current network over the coming years. There are some exciting plans for this area to make it a staple of the Ottawa-Gatineau mountain bike scene. Velo MSM is also affiliated with the Ottawa Mountain Biking Association (OMBA), the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), and the Federation quebecoise des sports cyclists (FQSC).
Velo MSM is made up of a group of mt bike enthusiasts that volunteer their time to work tirelessly on executing this vision. Key stakeholders that Velo MSM relies upon for its success include the MSM land owners, the local Municipality, other granting organizations, and a wider group of volunteers that help with trail building and our Mountain Fest. Thank you to all for helping us make this beautiful location our trail playground.
About the Trails
For Ottawa-Gatineau mt. bikers who have been limited in their access to the amazing terrain provided by the Gatineau Hills, Mont Ste Marie will be a welcome surprise. The landscape of the area is ideal for challenging and intermediate trails. There is almost 1500 ft of vertical available, with many great look outs, lakes, streams and beautiful forest.
Our trails are being designed by Ottawa-Gatineau’s finest trail builders. This helps make them fun, fast, flowy, and sustainable. The trails are being planned to provide riders with a big mountain experience offering technical and challenging riding. Additionally, beginner and intermediate loops exist at the base of the mountain and around the local lake (and beach) so that people can get into the sport in a friendly and fun way at Mont Ste Marie.
Velo MSM was created in 2009 by a group of community members at Mont Ste Marie who wanted to create a recreational trail network in the region that took advantage of the beautiful hills, lakes, and forests in the region to for an exciting and sustainable experience for all users. The group has been raising funds through special events, membership drives, corporate sponsorship and government grants in order to fund the development of the trails.
The Velo MSM organization is a volunteer group that develops trails for mountain biking, running, hiking, snowshoeing, winter fat biking and other recreational activities in Mont Ste Marie, Quebec.
Velo MSM is a chapter of Club MSM. Our trails exist due to effort of the volunteer community, the support of the land owners, our amazing trail building crews, Mont Ste Marie ski and golf, and all our wonderful members and corporate supporters. We will continue to invest in building new trails, maintaining the existing ones, and creating new reasons to love being at Mont Ste Marie.