Canada: Québec

Eastern Townships Bike Tour

Six nights; six days. Hilly cycling through Québec’s lovely south, with luxurious lodging, outstanding cuisine and the prettiest forests and farmscapes in Central Canada.
“Great job. Freewheeling pays close attention to all the details. This was our first fully guided trip and given the very short time frame we had to arrange the holiday it was nice not having to research everything” - Miriam B. & Peter F.


Start: Montreal, Auberge du Vieux Port, 13:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location.

Finish: Montreal, Auberge du Vieux Port, 11:00, day seven.

Day 1

Introductions 36km

Meet your guides in Montréal for a one-hour transfer to Granby. You’ll cycle a short distance into the village of Bromont where you’ll be able to browse the local shops and galleries before proceeding to your inn and spa at West Brome. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Auberge & Spa West Brome, West Brome

Day 2

73km. Optional extra 11km through Hunter Mills.

Ride along the Vineland Route through Dunham to Sutton, passing five vineyards in the morning. The rolling landscape becomes progressively hillier as you pass through several quiet towns, cross a covered bridge, and enjoy beautiful tree-lined roads around Pigeon Hill on the way to Frelighsburg for a picnic and a visit to the bakery. After lunch, ride to Abercorn and follow the scenic route along the Canada-US border. BLD
Same lodging

Day 3


Touch the US border again, as you ride through beautiful Glen Sutton and along the Missisquoi River. Continue to the Abbey of St-Benoît-du-Lac where for lunch you can sample and buy cider and cheese made by the monks. Continue riding north around Lake Memphremagog, perhaps stopping at the labyrinth in Magog before finding your comfortable inn. BLD
Manoir de la Rue Merry, or
La Belle Victorienne Auberge & Spa, Magog

Day 4

62km plus golf option

This is a day to explore the trails to waterfalls in Mont-Orford National Park, or to circumnavigate it around Lac Stukely and through Eastman. Golf is also an option in the park. Finish the day with a swim in the lake and deciding which of several excellent options you will choose for dinner. B
Same lodging

Day 5


Ride through Georgeville and Fitch Bay enroute to Beebe Plain and Stanstead. Visit the Haskell Opera House and the Colby Curtis Museum, then ride to Ayer’s Cliff, where you can coast down a long hill to the top of Lac Massawippi in North Hatley. The Pilsen Pub serves its own excellent draught. B
Manoir Hovey, North Hatley
Auberge la Chocolatière, North Hatley

Day 6


Ride to the village Compton and explore the Louis St. National Historic Site to discover the origins of Canada’s 17th Prime Minister, Louis Stephen St. Laurent. Follow quiet back roads to Ayer’s Cliff and cycle along the bottom of Lac Massawippi before returning to the comfort of your lake front lodge. BLD
Same lodging

Day 7


Morning transfer 90 minutes back to Montreal. B


Route expectations:

A challenging ride with manageable distances, becoming hillier and more challenging as the trip progresses. Relaxed riders may require van support over some of the hilly sections. Advanced riders will enjoy the opportunity to spin. There are some short optional stretches on unpaved former railbed trails. All will enjoy the vistas.

The Eastern Townships of Québec combine the convenience of access from Montréal with the true pleasures of Québecois tradition and culture, and a largely anglophone culture. Outstanding cuisine is being discovered, and the quiet roads, charming towns and green pastures are a perfect canvas for this exquisite holiday. The flavours and luxuries will pervade your senses and lead you to a deep appreciation for the townships, known locally as L’Estrie. You will tour through the vineyard region near Dunham, and bicycle through forests and villages past stone churches toward Sutton, stopping for great bowls of café-au-lait and rich croissants at fabulous bakeries along the way. At L’Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac, you can try the cider and cheese made by monks in their picturesque lakeshore monastery. Circumnavigating Lac Memphremagog, you will enjoy splendid views on your way to a particularly luxurious final two nights, where the dining is among the most highly rated in Canada. Be careful! Not only will this adventure treat your palate, but the local joie-de-vivre will easily rubs off on visitors, and is likely to send you to new heights of lively appreciation for all the Townships have to offer.

Trip history Freewheeling directors Cathy and Philip are involved with a bicycle advocacy board, whose mission leads it to follow the excellent example made by Quebec’s bicycle network - la Route Verte. Studying la Route Verte led to the discovery of some wonderful routes, perfectly suited to Freewheeling’s week-long holidays. Some of our past guides came from Quebec and helped us discover the little things that make a trip outstanding. We now frequently travel to Quebec for biking and skiing and having become familiar with some fine inns and cuisine in rural Quebec, have developed five unique itineraries in superbly scenic and fascinating regions.

Map & Elevations

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Day # Daily distance
  Introduction; 25 km
73 km + optional 11 km
90 km
62 km
81 km
57 km

Learn more

Montréal is an amazing city and deserves an extra night or two. Culinary inspired travellers will appreciate the Food Guy's blog. Try to spend some time exploring the Old Port area, and try to coordinate with the impressive fireworks displays which take place on multiple occasions throughout the summer.


"We stayed at Hotel Bonaparte, walked around the markets, and went up Mont Royal. The hotel was amazing." - Helene G.


US 3195 C 3895 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, maps, route instructions, van and full-time guide support, sales taxes

US 2665 C 3195 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner (Day 1), inn to inn luggage transfers, maps, route instructions, essential transfers, on-call emergency support, sales taxes

Single room

US 665 C 855


Hybrid: US 135 C 155
Road: US 255 C 295
Full Carbon Road: US 395 C 455
Electric-assist: US 395 C 455

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.