Velo Volant: Flying Through Treetops On A Bike

Sutton, Quebec

When I first heard about Velo Volant, a newly built attraction located in Quebec Eastern Township, admittedly I was skeptical. The premise sounds intriguing from the start:

“Be one of the first to soar through the treetops on a suspended recumbent bicycle…”

This canopy cycle was such a new concept (there are only 3 in the world so far) there was little information I could find online. I didn’t quite know what to expect.

The flying bike, VeloVolant

During my Quebec roadtrip, I stopped by Au Diable Vert, a camping resort near Sutton to check out this flying-bike thing.

True enough to its tagline, I learned that VeloVolant allows you to pedal a bike-like contraption through the forest canopy… while being suspended up to 100 ft high above the ground.

I eyed the cable suspiciously. Would it be strong enough to hold my weight? I was assured it’s strong enough to hold 5 cars.

From an engineering point of view, the installation of Velo Volant trail system was interesting in itself. Guy-wires attached to trees are used to suspend the cable in place as the it winds through the forest canopy. In places where the trail turns a corner, bent steel plates guide the wire, and in return the bike.

Jeremy, the owner of Au Diable Vert, on a velovolant pedaling high above the ground, velovolant, quebec VeloVolant, Quebec

The trail was relatively flat and pedaling was easy.

So easy that many times I found myself racing through the trees, banking corners, and trying to pedal as fast as I could. Branches flew by me in a blur on my left and right. The ground is so far below I stopped worrying about it soon enough. I could hear Jeremy, the owner/guide, shouting at me from behind to slow down, ‘It’s not a race! You’re supposed to relax and enjoy.’

Jill racing among the treetops on a flying bike

Looking down to the forest floor from such a height was a thrilling experience. Once I get used to the sensation of pedaling through the air (and learned to slow down), I found it completely relaxing.

When I closed my eyes, I could hear the rustling of the leaves, the birds, as I swayed along with the breeze. It felt like being on a hammock. So relaxing the only worry about falling asleep is to fall out of the bike (don’t worry, it has a seatbelt).

Velo Volant in Au Diable Vert

I had never experienced anything quite like this and was admittedly smitten by its novelty. I couldn’t help but thinking that somebody needs to build the skyscraper version where you can bike among tall buildings. It would be really cool.

Would you go on a ride on the flying bike?

VeloVolant Info

Length: 1km, or 30 min ride
Address: 169 Staines, Glen Sutton, QC

Not recommended for: those who are afraid of height (d’oh)
Note: I was a guest of Au Diable Vert

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11 Replies to “Velo Volant: Flying Through Treetops On A Bike”

  1. This looks awesome!! I love quirky new ideas! It looks a bit like the Shweeb in Rotorua, New Zealand, but with much better views!

  2. This looks like so much fun! I love that you can go at your own pace and really take things in. Seems more relaxing than ziplining. I’d also be into the skyscraper version if someone could make that happen.

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