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Jun 16, 2008 05:43 PM

U-Pik I Can Bike 2

So, like, does N-E-1 know of a U-Pik berry (or N-E other fruit) place I can bike 2 from downtown Montreal?

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  1. Really depends how far you want to/are able to go. :-)

    There are only three u-pick places listed in the Montreal region on the strawberry- & raspberry-growers' site, though one's actually in Ile Perot, one's in Boucherville and one's in Rougemont:


    There are also a few in Laval. You can check out the other regions by using the links at the top of the page.

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      1. re: riboflavinjoe

        What I'd do if I were you is look up some of those addresses in GoogleMaps and see what the kilometrage is like. For example, I just mapped it, and Ferme Van Velzen in Boucherville is just over 70 km round trip from my place in NDG,

        YMMV (literally!). Good luck!

        1. re: kpzoo

          Right, I went to Google Earth right away, and saw the one in Boucherville is 21.8 km (as the crow flies, I mean, as the car drives i.e. highways).

          Question: to get to Boucherville from downtown Montreal, is it best to go on the Jack Cartier bridge, or go to the Louis-Hippopotamus tunnel? I would assume take Jack Cartier, right? I've never been through the Hippo tunnel, so I don't know if it's fit for bikes. But if I take Jack Cartier bridge, where should I go once I am in LongEye? Is there a decent bikeable path to get to Boucherville?

          1. re: riboflavinjoe

            Oy. Unfortunately I can't help you much with that aspect - but just off the top of my head, I would guess that long tunnels are probably not very bike-friendly!

            1. re: riboflavinjoe

              AFAIK, the tunnel's not bike friendly. However, there is a ferry service between Montreal and the Ïles de Boucherville and the Îles de Boucherville and the South Shore. See

              Vélo Québec can tell you about the South Shore bike paths. My impression is that there's not much east of Longueuil. Remember that you can also take your bike on the metro outside of rush hour and special events like the fireworks.

              1. re: carswell

                The tunnel is definitely to be avoided. The bridge and metro would be the fastest way while the ferry could be the funnest. We go pick at Van Velzen every summer and the berries are really good and they're nice. Prices are fair and by bike, it's really not that far especially on a beautiful summer day.

              2. re: riboflavinjoe

                I've taken the ferry from Parc Promendades Belle-Rive to the Boucherville Islands. The park, is situated quite a ways East, past the access to the Hippo tunnel, on Notre Dame est (maybe in Pte aux Trembles). Ferry is a very pleasant way to kill 15-20 minutes on a nice day in order to reach the South Shore. And once you're landed, it's a quick ride over to Boucherville (but you may encouter highway)..

        2. If you go to Ile Perrot, you can take your bike on the Montreal-Dorion train and get off at the Ile Perrot station. Bikes are accepted on all trains on weekends.

          1. Got this email:

            Local, organic!

            La Ferme du Fort Senneville invites you to come with your family and pick your own, on the Farm, 165 Senneville Road

            Saturdays 10 – 4 (except June 21)
            Sundays 10 – 4
            Weekdays, by appointment
            514 457 3606
            514 246 4503
            Please leave your pets at home

            Again, in this case you can take the train to Roxboro and bike the rest of the way to Senneville.

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            1. re: Venusia

              Or to be closer, take the train to St Anne de Bellevue station. (I used to live in Senneville)

            2. Probably the closest to town is in Chateauguay at Ferme Pitre on the138 just passed the 30 on the south side of the street.Normally easy to see but they have construction just by the stand (they sell picked as well as offering u-pick) so keep a good eye out.

              1. We biked to Boucherville today, to Van Velzen farm and picked 5 times 4L boxes of really tasty, bright, red, sweet strawberries. It's $7 a 4L, or 3 boxes for $20. When I went to ask for a 4th and 5th basket, they gave them to us for $5 each. Our bikes were heavier on the way in to town, and we took the ferry from LongEye to Old Montreal instead of tackling the Jack Cartier bridge again. A fun day! Maybe I'll post pictures when they are uploaded to the computer. Oh yeah, and they said their raspberries will be ready in 7-10 days, but are not sure of price yet.